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Name and Shame

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Name and Shame

The article below talks about some of the issues that arise when individuals take to social media to make criminal allegations.  This kind of trial by public opinion, which lacks any type of due process, can be worse than the actual criminal penalty, especially for those who are innocent.  Although geared for an Australian audience, the information discussed in the article is relevant to other Common Law countries.

Smartcompany.com.au: Regional business tracks down shoplifters on Facebook:

New York State Bar Releases Best Practices for Attorneys Using Social Media

New York State Bar Releases Best Practices for Attorneys Using Social Media

The Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar recently released the latest version of its Social Media Ethics Guidelines–the first version came out in 2014. The Section cautions the reader that these guidelines are merely that and are not requirements. According to the Section, the guidelines represent “best practices.”  The areas that have been updated for 2015 include

–lawyers’ competence

–the retention of social media by lawyers

–client confidences

–the tracking of client social media

–communications by lawyers with judges

–lawyers’ use of LinkedIn.

FTC Issues New Guidance on Social Media Endorsements

FTC Issues New Guidance on Social Media Endorsements

New Maryland Law Safeguard’s Personal Social Media Accounts of College Students

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New Maryland Law Safeguard’s Personal Social Media Accounts of College Students

According to a new state law that went into effect on June 1, 2015, institutions of higher learning in Maryland cannot:

(1) Require, request, suggest, or cause a student, an applicant, or a prospective student to grant access to, allow observation of, or disclose information that allows access to or observation of the individual’s personal electronic account;

(2) Compel a student, an applicant, or a prospective student, as a condition of acceptance or participation in curricular or extracurricular activities, to:

(i) Add to the list of contacts associated with a personal electronic account any individual, including a coach, a teacher, an administrator, another employee of the institution of postsecondary education, or a volunteer; or

(ii) Change the privacy settings associated with a personal electronic account;

(3) Take any action or threaten to take any action to discharge, discipline, prohibit from participating in curricular or extracurricular activities, or otherwise penalize a student as a result of the student’s refusal to:

(i) Grant access to, allow observation of, or disclose any information that allows access to or observation of a personal electronic account;

(ii) Add any individual to the list of contacts associated with a personal electronic account; or

(iii) Change the privacy settings associated with a personal electronic account; or

(4) Fail or refuse to admit an applicant as a result of the applicant’s refusal to:

(i) Grant access to, allow observation of, or disclose any information that allows access to or observation of a personal electronic account;

(ii) Add any individual to the list of contacts associated with a personal electronic account; or

(iii) Change the privacy settings associated with a personal electronic account.

This law does not prevent the educational institution from viewing public information or information on a social media account provided by the institution.

MSU to Host Free Social Media Workshop for Lawyers and Law Students: June 27th & 28th

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MSU to Host Free Social Media Workshop for Lawyers and Law Students: June 27th & 28th

SATURDAY, JUNE 27

9:30am – Coffee & bagels provided
10:00am – What Lawyers & Law Students Need to Know about Social Media
10:30am – Five Future Reasons to use Social Media Today (Featuring Ken Grady)
11:00am – Twitter
-Introductory track – set up your Twitter account and learn basics and best practices
-Advanced track – topics such as lists, increasing engagement, analytics, & third party tools.
12:00pm – Blogging for lawyers and law students
12:30pm – Lunch
1:00pm – LinkedIn
-Introductory track – set up your LinkedIn profile and learn basics and best practices
-Advanced track – topics such as increasing engagement, publishing posts, and analytics
2:00pm – Including Facebook in your Social Media plan
2:30pm – Concurrent – ZeekBeek & Avvo workshops
3:10pm – Concurrent – ZeekBeek & Avvo workshops

5:30pm – Networking Event

SUNDAY, JUNE 28

Hands-on, Build-a-Blog workshop – show up with an idea; you will leave with a working blog.

9:30am – Coffee & bagels
10:00am – Come with an idea, and build a blog
12:30pm – Working lunch
3:00pm – Launch your blog

Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane, Room 343
East Lansing, MI 48824

House Holds Hearing on Terrorists and Social Media

Homeland Security

House Holds Hearing on Terrorists and Social Media

House Homeland Security Committee Hearing on Terrorism Gone Viral: The Attack in Garland, Texas and Beyond (Jun 3, 2015) available here.

Connecticut is the Latest State to Safeguard Employees Social Media Accounts

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Connecticut is the Latest State to Safeguard Employees Social Media Accounts

The Nutmeg state has become the latest state to pass a law protecting the social media accounts of employees.  SB 426 prohibits employers from requiring applicants or employees to provide them access to their personal social media accounts.  Violations of this law can result in a $500 fine for the first occurrence and a $1,000 fine for any subsequent occurrence.