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August 31, 2012
by Michael Loatman
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'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
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
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
August 3, 2012
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 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