Tag Archives: Facebook

Using Facebook "like" is Free Speech

A court ruled that “like” is “…is the Internet equivalent of displaying a political sign in one’s front yard” and that a former employee should not have lost his job merely because he “liked” a political opponent of his boss. On September 18, 2013 the US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled using Facebook’s “like” … Continue reading this entry

Internet Wills for Digital Afterlife Now Available on Google

A new feature on Google called Interactive Account Manager now allows Google users to selected trusted contacts to receive data from many Google services. On April 11, 2013 posted a blog entitled “Plan your digital afterlife with Inactive Account Manager.” Amusingly enough Google admits the title for the new service “not a great name” but … Continue reading this entry

Arrest of Ceglia Who Sued for 84% Ownership of Facebook

The FBI arrested Paul Geglia for alleged criminal violations regarding fabricating evidence that Mark Zuckerberg and he signed a contract in 2004 for web design for Facebook. The Complaint filed for mail and wire fraud by the US Postal Service includes these allegations against Ceglia that he: filed a federal lawsuit falsely claiming that he … Continue reading this entry

Facebook Accused of Counterfeit Ad Scheme

A class action suit filed in New Mexico alleges Facebook violates unfair competition laws by promoting the sale of counterfeit goods from China which are purportedly officially licensed by the National Football League (NFL). On October 22, 2012 Inkies Sports, Inc (dba Krystal’s NFL Shoppe) sued Facebook, Adsage, DHgate, and Doe Defendants 1-100 in US … Continue reading this entry

Myspace Confesses Failure to Abide by Privacy Laws

Myspace agreed to 20 years of US government oversight of privacy, just like Facebook did in 2011 and Google did in 2010. On May 8, 2012 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a statement about its settlement with Myspace dislosing the following mispresentations which were violations of federal privacy laws : Myspace provided advertisers with … Continue reading this entry

Job Interview Requests for Facebook Passwords, a Violation of Federal Law?

After headlines about job applicants required to provide Facebook passwords two Senators requested an investigation of violation of federal laws. US Senators Chuck Schumer (New York) and Richard Blumenthal (Connecticut) issued a press release requesting that the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Department of Justice: …launch a federal investigation into a new disturbing trend … Continue reading this entry

More Legal Issues about Privacy (and GPS)

Privacy continues to be hot news, just look at Facebook’s S-1 disclosures in its Initial Public Offering (IPO) which among a myriad of “Risk Factors” includes this statement about privacy laws: Our business is subject to complex and evolving U.S. and foreign laws and regulations regarding privacy, data protection, and other matters. Many of these … Continue reading this entry

Court Orders Plaintiff to Share Facebook Login Info with Defendant

A court recently ordered an accident victim to provide her “Facebook username email and password” to a defendant in an auto accident lawsuit. After a chain-reaction auto accident Jessica Largent and her husband sued Jessica Reed Rosko for negligence that led to serious and permanent physical damages, and loss of consortium. (Keith Largent and Jennifer Largent v. … Continue reading this entry

Facebook Confesses Failure to Comply with Privacy Laws

After the US government filed charges that Facebook violated US privacy law, Facebook finally confessed that it failed to protect the privacy of its 800 million active users. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) welcomes the public to submit comments on the settlement through December 30, 2011. Under the proposed consent order, which does not include … Continue reading this entry

Microsoft Purchases Skype - Facebook and Google Unlucky Suitors

VOIP is likely headed in a new direction now that Microsoft agreed to pay $8.5 billion for Skype. It was reported that Facebook and Google’s offers were in the $3 to 4 billion range, while at the same time Skype was still considering an IPO later this year. As a result of this purchase, Microsoft may … Continue reading this entry

Bing Now Offers Links from Search to Facebook & Twitter

Microsoft’s Bing search engine is trying desperately to keep up with Google and its approximate 70% of the US search market. Bing recently added links to Facebook and Twitter from search results with the hope that these Social Media links will impact search traffic. Since Microsoft does not have its own Social Media presence Microsoft … Continue reading this entry

LinkedIn - Worth $2.51 Billion?

LinkedIn now has 90 million users and the IPO information about the Social Media site is most interesting, including revenue over $161 million for the first 9 months of 2010 which was twice the total revenue for 2009. The current estimated IPO value of $2.51 billion is pretty astonishing with only 3 products: hiring solutions … Continue reading this entry

Facebook is the most popular site on the Internet!

All indicators were headed to this new headline that as 2010 ends Facebook overtook Google as the most popular Internet site. Experian Hitwise reported that “8.9 percent of unique online visits were to Facebook this year, compared with Google’s 7.2 percent,” and ComScore estimates that Facebook would “surpass Google for the first time in number … Continue reading this entry

Legal Issues Concerning Social Media Use by Employees

Please join the webcast about Social Media Use with my good friends Michelle Cheng, Yvonne Gierczyk-Skasko, and me sponsor by the ALI-ABA (American Law Institute – American Bar Association) which be live on December 7, 2010 at 12:30pm CST. Michelle, Yvonne, and I will discuss our experiences with Facebook, LinkedIn, Yelp, and many other Social Media … Continue reading this entry

Facebook Now Accounts for 25% of All U.S. Pageviews

Hitwise recently reported that 1 in every 4 pageviews in the US is on Facebook, and also incredible is Facebook’s claim that people spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook. Astonishing growth made even more amazing by realizing that the second place, and far behind Facebook, is YouTube with 6.39% of US pageviews … Continue reading this entry

Obama Gets Mediocre Privacy Grades

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) issued its second annual privacy report card with lower grades of “C for consumer data protection efforts and a D on civil liberties.” Mark Rotenberg, executive director of EPIC said "Our bottom-line assessment is that with respect to privacy, things are getting worse.” The EPIC is pleased that President Obama’s … Continue reading this entry

Privacy Update - Frankly Most Social Media Users Don't Care

Facebook now offers users the ability to download all of their content in a simple zip file format, but this doesn’t solve privacy concerns. Sure it’s nice to be able to download all the content, but in the meantime Facebook still stores lots of valuable information about users. Let’s see a show of hands- how many of … Continue reading this entry

Google Wants to Search Before You Even Ask

Allowing Google to access your cell GPS will permit Google to make suggestions about things to do or restaurants to try wherever you happen to be. Although Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt recently said these autonomous search features were on the horizon, we’re pretty close to that point already with the location based apps like Facebook’s … Continue reading this entry

Facebook Plans to Compete with PayPal

No surprise that Facebook developed Credits using a team of former PayPal folks that shows a clear path to allow micropayments on Facebook and compete directly with PayPal. The New York Times recently reported that “Facebook began testing its virtual currency, called Credits, more than a year ago with some popular games on Facebook. This … Continue reading this entry

Germany May Restrict Use of Facebook

A proposed law in Germany will restrict employers from using Facebook, and other truly social Social Media sites, when recruiting. However the law would allow employers to search business Social Media sites such as LinkedIn. Since there are no current guidelines in Germany about employer’s use of Social Media content these new laws will help establish … Continue reading this entry

GPS Tracking Required Warrant

A court recently ruled that the use of GPS tracking data in a drug distribution case violated the defendant’s constitutional rights and the police needed a warrant. The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a brief in support of Antoine Jones that his expectation of privacy was violated by the GPS device placed on his vehicle. The US … Continue reading this entry