Tag Archives: social networking

FDA Issues Untitled Letter Focused On Promotional Claims On Facebook

FDA has previously included claims made on Facebook or other social media platforms along with broader allegations of misbranding using a variety of sources in its enforcement letters . . . [b]y contrast, the present untitled letter focuses solely on a single statement on a Facebook page, and does not take issue with any statements outside the Facebook page.… Continue Reading

FTC Settles Deception, COPPA Charges Against Social Networking App Path

Path, a social networking mobile app, has agreed to enter into a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) regarding charges that the company deceived consumers by collecting contact information from users’ mobile address books without notice and consent.  The agreement also resolves charges that the company violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) … Continue Reading

FFIEC Proposes Social Media Guidance

On January 22, 2013, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council proposed guidance on the applicability of consumer protection and compliance laws, regulations, and policies to activities conducted via social media by depository institutions.  The proposed guidance would not impose additional compliance obligations on institutions.  Instead, the guidance is intended to help financial institutions understand potential … Continue Reading

Illinois Prohibits Employers from Requesting Employees’ Social Networking Passwords

On August 1, Illinois became the second state in the country to prohibit employers from requesting or requiring employees to provide their passwords for social networking accounts.  As reported in this blog, Maryland adopted similar legislation in April.  The bill (HB 3782) was signed into law by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and will become effective on … Continue Reading

European Data Protection Supervisor Issues Opinion on Children’s Privacy

The European Data Protection Supervisor (“EDPS”) has issued an opinion on Europe’s strategy for protecting children on the Internet.  The European Commission consults with the EDPS on a variety of data protection issues.  However, the opinions of the EDPS are not legally binding.  Among other things, the EDPS expressed support for:  The implementation of technical tools, such as … Continue Reading

EEOC Issues Updated Guidance Regarding Employer Use of Criminal History; Considers Use of Social Networking Information

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued updated guidance concerning employer use of criminal histories.  As many as 92 percent of employers use criminal background checks as part of their hiring processes.  The EEOC’s updated guidance generally provides that the EEOC will regard as suspect blanket or automatic exclusions of individuals from employment or promotion … Continue Reading

Rep. Engel Introduces Federal Bill to Limit Access to Social Networking Accounts

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) recently introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would prohibit employers from requiring current and prospective employees to disclose website usernames, passwords, and other online content.  The Social Networking Online Protection Act (SNOPA), H.R. 5050, also would apply to students at colleges, universities, and K-12 schools, and impose a … Continue Reading

Maryland Legislation Bans Employers From Requesting Social Media Passwords

Yesterday, Maryland became the first state to pass legislation banning employers from asking employees or job applicants to provide their passwords to social media sites.  The legislation also prohibits employers from taking, or threatening to take, disciplinary action on employees or applicants who refuse to disclose such information. The bill now has to be signed … Continue Reading

Maryland and Illinois Introduce Bills to Limit Employer Access to Employees’ Social Networking Accounts

Lawmakers in Maryland and Illinois have introduced bills that would prohibit employers from requiring job applicants or employees to grant access to their social networking accounts.  The bills arose from reports that employers have impliedly or explicitly required access to social networking accounts as a condition of hiring or employment. A few bills have been … Continue Reading
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