Can Potential Employers Ask For Your Facebook Password?

ABA Journal:  Citing “a distressing increase in reports of employers or others seeking to gain inappropriate access to people’s Facebook profiles,” Facebook’s chief privacy officer warned in a Friday post on the social network’s website that the company could “initiate legal action” against employers who do so.

The comment by Erin Egan suggested that information obtained in this manner could put employers at risk of a discrimination suit, reports Reuters.

Her comment follows news last week that lawmakers in at least two states, Illinois and Maryland, are considering possible legislation to prohibit employers from pressuring job applicants to provide their Facebook passwords. Lawmakers in California and Massachusetts also are mulling such legislation, the Associated Press reports.

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Lawyer Responds To Kids’ Video Bullying His Daughter

ABA Journal:  A Houston lawyer has taken a legal approach to a video posted on Facebook by three middle school students he accuses of defaming his daughter.

First, lawyer Jason Medley notified school officials about the video and sent cease and desist letters to the three girls and their parents, the Houston Chronicle reports. The letter threatened suit if the youths didn’t stop all communication with his daughter and if their families didn’t donate at least $5,000 each to the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use.

‘Twittersquatter’ Sued for Sarcastic Tweets

ABA Journal: A company that buys life insurance policies and resells them to investors has sued a so-called Twittersquatter that used its name in sarcastic posts cheering mass disasters.

Coventry First has filed a John Doe lawsuit against the person writing under the Twitter handle @conventryfirst, report and Reuters. The complaint, filed in Philadelphia federal court, claims infringement of Coventry First’s trademark and violations of cybersquatting laws.

Social Media Permeate the Employment Life Cycle

National Law Journal:  “Employers must address their use and misuse before, during and after an employee’s tenure.  Social media are any type of Internet-based media created through social interaction in which ­individuals primarily produce, rather than consume, the content. In the workplace, the prevalent social media are video-sharing Web sites (YouTube), social ­networking Web sites (Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter), online multiuser virtual worlds (Second Life, World of War­craft) and personal or corporate blogs.  The increased use of social media in the workplace, by employees and employers alike, presents both opportunities and risks for employers because social media now permeate the entire life cycle of employment: during pre-employment inquiries, throughout the period of employment and after separation from employment. Employers must consider and address the use and misuse of social media at each stage.”

Class Action Target Sues Law Firm for Defamation  “Soon after filing a class action last spring against the maker of a dietary supplement called Procera AVH, Thomas Clarke Jr., a partner in the San Francisco office of Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley, uploaded a video on YouTube about the class action and talked to a television reporter for a news story about the litigation.  Now, Brain Research Labs, the defendant in that class action, has sued Clarke and his law firm, as well as the plaintiff named in the complaint, saying their comments on TV and the Internet are defamatory and have hurt the company’s business.  In a Friday hearing on a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, the company’s lawyers painted Clarke as an attorney who’d gone too far.”

Prying Into a Teen’s Private Facebook Pages  “Imagine gaining access to a teenager’s diary.  Confidentiality is violated when an outsider turns the pages.  These days, those personal thoughts are more likely to be documented electronically on social networking sites rather than on paper.  But the same level of confidentiality can exist if someone wants to restrict access to just one person or a select circle of friends.   That doesn’t mean all of those supposedly private communications won’t become public.   Consider the case of Tatum Bass.”

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