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Maryland Prohibits Employers from Requesting Employee or Applicant Social Media Log-In Information – Illinois and Other States to Follow?

This post was written by Frederick Lah. Earlier this year, Maryland enacted the nation’s first law explicitly prohibiting employers from requesting or requiring employees or applicants to disclose their usernames and passwords for their personal social media accounts. Many other states are contemplating similar laws, with Illinois’ version likely to become law within the next … Continue Reading

Is the New Facebook Settlement About Privacy? Or, Revenge of the Prosser Torts.

This post was also written by Frederick Lah. Recently, Facebook announced a proposed settlement of a national class action in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Fraley, et al. v. Facebook, Inc., 5:11-cv-01726. This settlement has been described by some as settlement of a “privacy lawsuit.” See, e.g., “Facebook to Settle Privacy … Continue Reading

German Court ‘Un-Friends’ Facebook: Ruling on Friend Finder, User’s IP Rights and Data Use Policy

On March 6, 2012, the Regional Court of Berlin issued a ruling on a case initiated by the Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband, the Federation of German Consumer Organisations, against Facebook Ireland Limited. The court took this rare opportunity to object to several key features of Facebook’s user experience and actions: The court criticized that users are not … Continue Reading
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