Who Owns Your Social Media Account?

The impact of social media is being felt in many aspects of users’ daily lives, and is also generating interesting questions about how this impact will play out in the future. One question that has loomed large in the headlines is that of what happens to a user’s social media account when he or she […]

Tech News: Facebook Email Fiasco & ICANN Top Level Domains

I mentioned in my last post, privacy is looming large in the social media space again this year, and users are really making social network operators sit up and pay attention when changes to the site or its terms of use are not acceptable to them.  I’m sure these will not be the last such […]


Following up on Technology Predictions for 2012

So we’re about halfway through 2012, and I thought it would be a good time to see how my predictions for hot topics in social media and the law are playing out.   1. Privacy Privacy has certainly continued to be a hot topic for social media sites, users and regulators.  Both Google and Facebook […]

Paying Attention to Sites Terms of Service Pays Off

This post comes to you from Washington, D.C., where I’ve been attending the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law Annual Meeting.   Social media definitely was among the hot topics discussed, particularly how brand owners can protect their copyrighted material and trademarks when used on social media sites.  One recommended strategy was to […]


Social Media & The Law: 5 Hot Topics in 2012

Happy new year, Social Media Club members.  Given the recent protest over the SOPA and PIPA acts via web blackouts of sites like Wikipedia, 2012 is looking to be another banner year of interesting issues at the intersection of the law and social media.  I thought it would be fitting to offer my predictions as […]

Legal questions to ask when creating social media policies

Social media policies are another hot and constantly developing area of the law today.  For this month’s post, I am following up on Jessica’s post about making sure your social media policy is up to date.  Her post gave some great advice and examples of how to approach putting together a social media policy for […]

User Privacy Policies in the News

In my last post I talked about the hot topic of who owns users’ geolocation data that apps collect.  This post I’m discussing what seems to be a perpetual hot topic: privacy.  The headlines over the last few weeks have shown to be particularly full of privacy headlines.  To start, the Federal Trade Commission announced […]

Protecting Users Geolocation Data

Geolocation is certainly a hot topic, with everyone from social network operators to app developers looking to find ways to include location information and hopefully monetize it.  But geolocation information is also controversial, as not everyone wants this information collected, tracked and used for a profit.  You may have seen the outcry that erupted after […]

Always consider your online activity could be used in court

Lately I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the impact of what we post and say online.  Living in Orlando and watching the coverage of the high profile Casey Anthony trial that is currently going on here, I have been struck by how many times evidence from MySpace postings or Google searches has been discussed.  […]


Social Media and the Law

The intersection of new technologies like social media and the law seems to be quite a busy place. It seems that every day I read at least one or more articles, blog posts, or letter to Dear Abby addressing matters involving social media and the law. In addition, the advice columns seem to be inundated […]