Category: Technology

Is Crowdfunding the Best Way to Raise Money for My Startup? (Spoiler Alert: Probably Not)

Excited about the arrival of crowdfunding? You shouldn’t be, writes Brian Korn of law firm Pepper Hamilton: “When compared to other forms of private placements, crowdfunding is not a feasible option.” He explains: “Crowdfunding began with the concept of small enterprises engaging in online capital-raising through social media and raising funds from people they did… Read more »

New FTC Rules for Digital Ads – Does Your Online Marketing Pass the Test?

Earlier this month, the Federal Trade Commission updated guidelines for advertising and marketing on the Internet. Entitled “.com Disclosures: How to Make Effective Disclosures in Digital Advertising,” it’s the first revision to the country’s online marketing rules in nearly 13 years, writes Neil Austin at law firm Foley Hoag, and is intended to adapt regulations… Read more »

2012 In Review – The Most Popular Small Business Support Posts of the Year

As we look back at the most-read stories of the year, three issues quickly rise to the top: Technology in the workplace, especially employee use of social media (both on and off the clock), Health care reform and how to comply with the new rules, and Day-to-day employment matters, from hiring to firing and just… Read more »

Small Businesses Also Need Data Breach Protection – and Insurance When It Fails

Corporate data breaches are becoming more common, but small businesses often don’t think it’s their problem. And that could come back to bite them. From law firm Jaburg Wilk: “There are numerous news reports of data and security breaches where customers’ personal information, including social security numbers, credit cards numbers and health information have been… Read more »

Technology + Employees = Business Risk? More Than You Think…

Sure, data theft by disgruntled employees is a big deal (we’ve all read the surveys and seen the news headlines). But the “technology + employees = business risk” equation doesn’t stop there. For your reference, here’s a roundup of recent advisories on JD Supra that remind us how the benefits of the digital age can… Read more »

Can We Use that Picture on Our Website? “Fair Use” in a Pinterest World

Although the growing popularity of sharing sites like Pinterest might give the impression that photographs, drawings, videos, and other Internet content are free for the taking, nothing could be further from the truth. From law firm Mintz Levin: “If these photographs were placed online by the individual who took the photograph, and there are no… Read more »

ICANN’s Domain Name Review: First gTLD Comments Due August 12, 2012

[Link: ICANN Unveils New gTLD Applicants for Brand Owner Review – Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP] The Internet’s naming system is about to get a lot more complicated, and that’s a big deal for brand owners. Law firm Allen Matkins explains why in this video. Key takeaways: Formal objections can be filed… Read more »

COPPA Update: FTC Changes Rules Protecting Children Online (Again)

The ink was barely dry on the Federal Trade Commission’s latest set of proposed changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protect Act – or COPPA – when the agency announced another round of revisions. Why the change? The business community spoke up, and the FTC listened. From law firm BuckleySandler: “In September 2011, the FTC… Read more »

Social Media and the Olympics: A Lesson in Criticism Response for All Business Owners

[Link: #NBCfail: Twitter, the Olympics, Guy Adams & Justin Bieber] This Bloomberg Law interview with the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Trevor Timm on a larger issue (the Olympics #NBCFail fiasco and Internet censorship) also underscores an important point for all businesses in the Social Age: silencing online critics doesn’t always work in your favor. That (seemingly… Read more »

Most Popular Small Business Posts – June 2012

The impact of Obamacare on smaller businesses, cloud computing legal issues, wage and hour lawsuits, and social media law are but a few of the subjects you’re reading about. For your reference, the most-read Small Business Support posts during the month of June, 2012: 1. Bring Your Own (Tech) Device to Work? That Could Be… Read more »

Does the ADA Apply to Netflix? Court Says Yes

Do websites need to make accommodations for users with auditory and visual disabilities under the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act? That’s the question at the heart of a lawsuit filed by the National Association for the Deaf, which argues that Netflix should provide closed-captioning on its “Watch Instantly” online video streaming service. The… Read more »

Privacy Policies and Consumer Protection: Are You Keeping Your Promise(s)?

Companies that promise to protect the personal information of their customers but then fail to do so should take particular note of two recent lawsuits. Law firm Loeb & Loeb: “In Szpyrka v. LinkedIn Corporation, in the Northern District of California, hackers allegedly compromised the company’s security system, accessing the passwords of approximately 6.5 million… Read more »

Cybersecurity Concerns? You Might Consider Cyber Insurance

“According to a recent study by Lloyd’s of London, cyber-risk — both malicious attacks and nonmalicious ones — is approaching the top 10 of risks threatening businesses worldwide. In the U.S., malicious attacks were ranked in the top five. Last year, hackers succeeded in attacking government networks in the U.S., India and Brazil. Data breach… Read more »

Bring Your Own (Tech) Device to Work? That Could Be a Problem…

 I am writing this post on workplace issues while at work, but I’m using my personal laptop computer to do it. Could that be a problem? Potentially, yes. This issue (particular, of course, to our age of rampant technology) has been written about often enough to get its own acronym: BYOD (“Bring Your Own Device”)… Read more »

Cloud Computing: An Update on Legal Issues

Just because your business is in the cloud doesn’t mean your head needs to be there, too. For your reference, here’s a roundup of recent advisories and alerts touching upon the myriad legal issues that have emerged for businesses with the rise of cloud computing. Jurisdictional issues, security, privacy, the Patriot Act, and other international… Read more »