10 Social Media Scuffles from 2012

What would the end of the year and the start of a new one be without the seemingly never-ending lists of the top stories from the previous year. There was a lot of jockeying for position among the major players last year. Jolie O’Dell provides a list of the top ten rivalries in “Social Media Fight Club! Top Tiffs from 2012.” While the focus here is not overtly legal in most cases, the article does help to paint a picture of how the social media landscape is looking going into 2013.

Top Seven Technology Laws of 2012

It seems it’s already time for the 2012 end of year lists to start appearing. Here is one from Alex Fitzpatrick on the “7 Landmark Tech Laws Passed in 2012.” It will be interesting to see how some of these spread to other states and countries in the coming months.

What Happens to Your Social Media Sites After You Die?

This is a subject that most people don’t want to contemplate, but it’s definitely something you should be thinking about. Who controls your posts on Facebook and Twitter after you die? As of right now, it is the social media site itself. The sites are the ones who set the policy, but a push for new federal regulations may change that. This could be an issue of particular concern when it comes to issues of intellectual property. What about any material that might be copyrighted? It’s not just a matter of personal information that may be stored online; there may also be valuable intellectual property stored there. ScienceDaily’s article “Federal Law Needed to Safeguard ‘Digital Afterlives’, Expert Argues” draws on the article “Facebook’s Afterlife” by Jason Mazzone.

Social Media Privacy Bills Signed, Tweets Gov. Jerry Brown.

Governor Jerry Brown very appropriately tweeted that he had signed the social media privacy bills. He later followed up with a press release. The Los Angeles Times online version carried the story “Gov. Jerry Brown Tweets That He Signed Social Media Privacy Bills.”

Law Students Need to Learn Social Media

As the school year really starts to heat up in law schools across the country, here’s an article that recommends one more subject: embracing social media. Menachem Wecker’s article, “Law Students Should Embrace Social Media, Study Suggests,” outlines the reasons that law students should be plugged in. Students should be using social media platforms to control their online professional reputation and be prepared to build client relationships through them. Law schools themselves may be slower to embrace these practices.

Students in California May Soon Have More Social Media Privacy

California is poised to pass SB1349 which would make it illegal for colleges or universities to demand students reveal their social media passwords. Lori Pruitt’s article “Law Would Ban College From Getting Social Media Passwords” looks at this timely back-to-school issue.

Call for Global Regulation of Social Media

Indian Interior Advisor Rehman Malik says social media must be regulated. Read more here.

Education Will Create a “Safer” Internet

There has been a lot in the new lately about legislation restricting sex offenders from using social media, but it is still important that children are educated about using social media sites.  Drishyia Nair’s article “Educate Children About Social Media Traps” outlines some of these issues.


New Jersey Tightens Social Media Rules for Employers

A New Jersey law seeks to prevent employers from requiring prospective employees to hand over their social media passwords to enable the potential employer to thoroughly search those sites. Ramon Rivera’s article, “New Social Media Rule for New Jersey Employers Passes Assembly”, doesn’t indicate that legislation is pending in the state’s Senate, however.

Delaware Law Protects Student Privacy

Both public and private schools in Delaware are now subject to a law which prohibits them from requiring students to surrender their social media passwords. California and Maryland are debating similar legislation to protect student privacy. Neha Prakash discusses the issues in “Delaware Law to Give Students Increased Online Privacy.”