Tag Archives: Social Media

Delaware Governor Signs Set of Online Privacy Bills

Delaware Governor Jack Markell recently signed four bills into law concerning online privacy. The bills, drafted by the Delaware Attorney General, focus on protecting the privacy of website and mobile app users, children, students and crime victims.… Continue Reading

States Writing Biometric-Capture Laws May Look to Illinois

Recent class actions filed against Facebook and Shutterfly are the first cases to test an Illinois law that requires consent before biometric information may be captured for commercial purposes. Although the cases focus on biometric capture activities primarily in the social-media realm, these cases and the Illinois law at issue have ramifications for any business … Continue Reading

German DPA Appeals Court Decision on Facebook Fan Pages and Suggests Clarification by ECJ on Data Controllership

On January 14, 2015, the data protection authority of the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein issued an appeal challenging a September 4, 2014 decision by the Administrative Court of Appeals, which held that companies using Facebook’s fan pages cannot be held responsible for data protection law violations committed by Facebook because the companies do not have any control over the use of the data. … Continue Reading

NLRB Reverses Register Guard; Grants Workers Right to Use Employer Email System for Section 7 Purposes

As reported in the Hunton Employment and Labor Perspectives Blog, in Purple Communications, Inc., a divided National Labor Relations Board held that employees have the right to use their employers' email systems for statutorily protected communications, including self-organization and other terms and conditions of employment, during non-working time.… Continue Reading

California Governor Approves New Privacy Legislation

On September 30, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown announced the recent signings of several bills that provide increased privacy protections to California residents. These bills are aimed at protecting student privacy, increasing consumer protection in the wake of a data breach, and expanding the scope of California's invasion of privacy and revenge porn laws.… Continue Reading

SEC Issues New Guidance on the Use of Social Media

Hunton and Williams' Corporate Governance team reports on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s new guidance concerning the use of social media in certain securities offerings, business combinations and proxy contests. This blog post includes a link to a PDF version of the team’s client alert on this topic.… Continue Reading

2014 Privacy, Policy and Technology Summit

Join us in New York City on May 19-20, 2014, for the Privacy, Policy & Technology Summit – A High Level Briefing for Today’s Top Privacy Executives. Lisa Sotto, partner and head of the Global Privacy and Cybersecurity practice at Hunton & Williams LLP will be a featured speaker at the session on “Cybersecurity: Insider … Continue Reading

Court Approves 20 Million Dollar Facebook Settlement

On August 26, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California approved a settlement with Facebook related to the company’s alleged misappropriation of certain Facebook members’ personal information in connection with its Sponsored Stories program.… Continue Reading

FTC Issues Updated COPPA FAQs

On July 26, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission announced updates to its frequently asked questions regarding the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998. The updated FAQs respond to issues that have arisen as companies seek to implement the new COPPA Rule that came into effect on July 1, 2013.… Continue Reading

Swiss DPA Issues Its 20th Annual Report

On June 28, 2013, the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner issued its annual report highlighting activities during the period from April 2012 to March 2013. This blog post provides an overview of information from the report that is relevant for international businesses with operations in Switzerland.… Continue Reading

Amended COPPA Rule Comes into Effect

The Federal Trade Commission’s changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule come into effect today. This post summarizes key changes affecting businesses subject to the amended Rule.… Continue Reading

UK ICO Publishes Social Networking and Online Forums Guidance

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office has published guidance on the application of Data Protection Act requirements to social networking sites and online forums. The guidance emphasizes that organizations and individuals that process data for business purposes must comply with DPA requirements in their use of social networking sites and online forums just as they would in any other context.… Continue Reading