Today’s Medley

FTC, Consumers & Online Data — Recently the Federal Trade Commission issued a report that establishes best practices for protecting consumer privacy in the digital era.  One of the key practices is the establishment of a Do Not Track option, allowing consumers to “opt out of third party tracking.”

Can Employers Ask You for Your Facebook Passwords?  Stories now circulate about employers asking interview candidates for their social media passwords.  Can they ask?  Can you decline?  Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) aren’t sure and appear to be uncomfortable with the question.  They wrote letters to Eric Holder, Attorney General, at the Department of Justice, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, asking if employers might not be subjected to civil liability for violating the Stored Communications Act (DOJ) or engaging in discriminatory hiring practices (EEOC) when making such requests.

Social Media & Old Fashioned Client Relations? —  Lawyers are connecting with their clients using social media such as Facebook, Blawgs, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Yelp.  Some suggested at the kick off of the 2012 ABA Tech Show in Chicago, The Future of Law Practice, that lawyers, aided by social media, may see a return to old-fashioned client relationships.

About Lisa Smith-Butler

Associate Professor of Law Charleston School of Law 385 Meeting St., Suite 322B Charleston, S.C. 29403 843.377.2144
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