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Social Media in the Workplace in 2014


Social Media in the Workplace in 2014

Douglas M. Oldham, an attorney at Barnes & Thornburg, offers a brief year-in-review of the top social media issues in the workplace. The topics covered by him include:

EEOC and Social Media

NLRB and Social Media Policies

Employers Accessing the Social Media Accounts of Employees

Academic Studies on Social Media in the Workplace

Social Media Attorney Job Announcement: Chi City Digital Media

Chi City Digital Media – Chicago, IL

Chi City Digital Media is a brand new entity that is to be launched in 2015. The focus of the company is mainstream media and entertainment of all sorts through social media, blogging, webcasts, podcasts, videos and much more. The CEO and a majority of their partners currently work in the entertainment industry and are seeking to be the next ESPN, MTV and CNN.

The CEO has worked with two previous media networks that have sold for a combined $17.6 million over the past two years. Now, he is building his own network with the experience and knowledge learned through years of work within the professional sports industry.

No matter any success, no company can go anywhere without the proper legal team and Chi City Digital Media is no different. We are seeking legal advice and your salary is negotiable based on experience and usage within our company.

We are located in Chicago but YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LIVE HERE OR PLAN TO RELOCATE upon hire. To begin, this will be a website-based company so a majority of your assistance can be given over the phone or through email.

The right legal team can elevate a company from mediocre to professional grade. We look forward to hearing from you!

Salary: $25,000.00 /year

Facebook Faces Privacy Lawsuit: Matthew Campbell v. Facebook Inc., 13-5996


Facebook Faces Privacy Lawsuit

This week a federal judge denied Facebook’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit accusing it of violating its users’ privacy by scanning the content of their messages without consent. According to an attorney for the plaintiffs, the scanning “is a mechanism for Facebook to surreptitiously gather data in an effort to improve its marketing algorithms and increase its ability to profit from data about Facebook users.”

Facebook claimed that the scanning did not violate the Electronic Communications Privacy Act because it fell under its “ordinary course of business” exception. The judge disagreed finding that Facebook had “not offered a sufficient explanation of how the challenged practice falls within the ordinary course of its business.”

Matthew Campbell v. Facebook Inc., 13-5996, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Jose)

No 4th Amendment Violation when Police Create Bogus Instagram Account: U.S. v. Gatson


No 4th Amendment Violation when Police Create Bogus Instagram Account: U.S. v. Gatson

In U.S. v. Gatson, a federal district judge, relying on U.S. v. Meregildo, found no 4th Amendment violation when police create a bogus Instagram account in order to interact with the defendant.

According to the court, “[n]o search warrant is required for the consensual sharing of this type of information.” 

Here, Gatson willingly accepted the request to become friends with the bogus Instagram account, which allowed the police to view photos and other incriminating information Gatson posted on his Instagram account.

New Social Media and Employment Law Blog

Allen Matkins

Social Media and Employment Law Blog for California Employers

The California law firm Allen Matkins has a new blog which, according to a press release, is intended to provide employers, particularly those in California, with news, commentary and practical pointers regarding the impact of social media on the workplace. The blog is maintained by Alexander Nestor and Nisha Verma and looks quite promising.

§ 9:9 Authenticating Email, Social Media, Web Pages, Text Messages, Instant Messaging, Electronic Signatures


Laird Kirkpatrick

§ 9:9 Authenticating Email, Social Media, Web Pages, Text Messages, Instant Messaging, Electronic Signatures


A particularly difficult evidentiary problem facing courts today is the proper standard for the authentication of electronic evidence or social media, such as emails, web pages, text messages, instant messaging and electronic signatures. This article analyzes the court decisions addressing these issues.

Brief of Amici Curiae Internet Law Professors in the Garcia v. Google Case

Brief of Amici Curiae Internet Law Professors in the Garcia v. Google Case

Erik Goldman


Venkat Balasubramani



The Garcia v. Google case raises complex issues about copyright law, privacy law and liability for user-generated content. A dozen Internet Law professors submitted this amicus brief to the Ninth Circuit for the en banc rehearing of Garcia v. Google. It addresses how overly broad applications of copyright law can undermine Congress’ intent in providing 47 USC 230’s statutory immunity.