Topic: technology

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 Law: Interesting Updates As Seen on Twitter

 There’s much to consider at the intersection of digital media and the law: data privacy, employee rights, consumer protections, intellectual property, defamation, NLRB labor rules, international regulations, crowdfunding concerns, emerging mobile tech laws … For a closer look at these issues (and others), we give you – without even the faintest trace of irony –… 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 »

Is Your Business Ready for Mobile Payments?

Mobile payments are expected to top $170 billion worldwide this year, according to a Gartner study published earlier this week. Three recent updates take a look at issues facing merchants who are considering – and in many cases already implementing – systems for accepting payments via smartphone or other mobile devices. The first discusses a… Read more »

Most Popular Small Business Posts – Apr 2012

What’s on your mind? The California Supreme Court ruling on Brinker, social media in the workplace, the National Labor Relations Board poster rule, plus a range of other small business-related legal topics. For your (re)reading pleasure, here’s a look at the most-read Small Business Support posts over the past month: 1. Brinker Ruling: 5 Lunchtime… Read more »

Small Business and IP: 5 Issues You Might Not be Considering (But Should!)

(Tech Start-Up Legal Issues 3: Guarding Your IP Assets by Bloomberg Law) It is often said that the success or failure of a technology startup can hinge on the protection of its intellectual property. But tech startups are not the only businesses with IP concerns. In today’s digital age, all small business owners and entrepreneurs… Read more »

Starting a Tech Startup? Watch These Videos…

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.” – Steve Jobs Yesterday you emailed your team news of Facebook’s ONE BILLION DOLLAR acquisition of Instagram. Because, while you live by the Steve Jobs quote (you’re building something… Read more »

Social Media in the Workplace: Lawyers Weigh In… [With Video]

Much has been said lately about the dubious practice of asking for Facebook passwords during job interviews. But, as you can tell from our quick roundup below, this is not the only issue at the intersection of social media, your business governance policies, and the law. For your consideration [updated 4/12 with video – see… Read more »

Telemarketers Beware: Supreme Court Raises Stakes of Telephone Consumer Protection Act Violations

On January 18, 2012, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled that consumers are permitted to file private actions under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act in federal as well as state court. The decision in Mims v. Arrow Financial Services opens the door for additional TCPA complaints, particularly those brought by consumers in states with weaker consumer… Read more »