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Archive : August 2012

August 31, 2012

California’s Governor Mulling Pair of Social Media Bills

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) must decide by Sept. 30 whether to sign or veto a pair of bills meant to protect employee and student social media accounts from the perceived problem of overly curious employers and colleges.

August 24, 2012

Facebook Acquisition of Instagram Receives Antitrust Clearance

Facebook's $1 billion acquisition of Instagram was notable because it employed only about 13 employees and did not have any revenue. Did Facebook offer a king's ransom to prevent a potential rival competitor from emerging?

August 10, 2012

HHS Anti-Bullying Contest Uses YouTube Submissions

Social media website YouTube appears to be the video-sharing platform of choice for at least one federal agency, which is requiring all entrants to an anti-bullying video contest to use YouTube for submissions in lieu of sending DVDs.

August 6, 2012

FTC Seeks to Clarify When Plug-Ins and Ad Networks Are Responsible Under COPPA Rule

The Federal Trade Commission Aug. 1 proposed additional modifications to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule, which were formally published Aug. 6, in a move that would clarify that plug-ins and advertising networks that collect personal information from children through another's site or service are covered by the rule.

August 3, 2012

Nutrisystem’s Pinterest Board Has Ad Disclosure Requirements

Disclosures required by the Federal Trade Commission's Guidelines Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising are necessary even when using emerging social networking platforms, according to a June 29 case report from the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus that dealt with Nutrisystem Inc.'s "Real Customers. Real Success" Pinterest board.

August 2, 2012

Illinois Becomes Second State to Protect Employee Social Media Accounts

Illinois is now the second state after Maryland to limit employer access to the social media accounts of employees and job applicants after Gov. Pat Quinn (D) Aug. 1 signed into law H.B. 3782, which amends the Illinois Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act.