This week, users of Instagram scored a victory with the company’s management over a plan to amend Instagram’s terms of service that would allow the third-party use of users’ photos without their permission or any form of compensation. This change, which was scheduled to take effect in mid January, caused an uproar among Instagram’s user base.
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It is not surprising that Facebook would take a hard line against employers (and potential employers) who are seeking passwords from people’s Facebook accounts. We blogged about it here a few days ago.
If this trend grows (or at least has that perception), many people may stop using Facebook altogether which would (naturally) not be good for Facebook. Legally, there is not a whole lot Facebook could do at this juncture because they would not have standing to sue these (potential) employers. For now, a strongly worded statement will have to suffice.
We have the statement from Erin Egan (which was released this morning) below.
Looking back at the blog, we have covered a wide range of subjects over the last few days. Here are some highlights worth looking at that you may have missed:
- The BART controversy continues to simmer. Now it appears the FCC is looking into claims that shutting off service was unlawful (via The Hill). Here, here, and here provide a good background for the uninitiated.
- Microsoft has gotten itself embroiled in a Geolocation tracking lawsuit much like the ones Apple is already facing. We’ll also have more on this soon.
- Messing with Texas just got a little easier, as a Texas judge has denied Texas DOT’s application for an injunction preventing the sale of books using the phrase “Don’t Mess With Texas” which is trademarked by the Texas DOT. Here’s why.
- Some important developments with copyrights for musicians, Lamebook fans, cloud music services, and why it was not the best week for Jay-Z and Kanye West.
Hope everyone has a good Thursday. More to come soon.
Well, we all made it through another week – even if it was just barely. I had a pretty busy week, traveling to Dallas for depositions, and giving a presentation today for the ABA on the geolocation tracking controversy. You can order the CD-ROM by going here. My co-presenters were excellent and offered insight on addition emerging issues. Alternatively, I would be happy to e-mail you a copy of my portion of the presentation. Just drop me a line.
Ready for our weekly Five for Friday? I know I am!
First, in case you did not know it already, Germany has very strict privacy laws. How strict you ask? So strict that Facebook’s “Like” button violates it. It appears the decision to essentially unlike the like button stemmed from two factors because the IP address of the person “liking” something is tracked by Facebook: (i) how long Facebook kept the data for (they claim two years and Facebook concedes 90 days); and (ii) the fact that the data went through servers in the United States. It sounds like Facebook needs to spend some PR dollars – especially after a top German government official admitted to an affair with a 16-year old he met on Facebook (which is actually legal in Germany).
Second, Google+, which was the flavor of the day just last week has faced a number of stories that people are abandoning the new social media platform. Here is a good example. It’s hot. It’s not. It’s hot again. We’ll see.
Third, I would be remiss if I did not mention HP’s unceremonious killing of webOS just yesterday. (Disclaimer: technically, HP killed all of the hardware associated with the OS and HP claims they will continue to develop webOS. I doubt it.) The internet and twitterverse was all buzz with this news. I wonder if the webOS team is blaming the HP hardware folks for this. I know I would.
Fourth, the BART protests continue. I recommend following OpBART on Twitter for the latest. The owner of that Twitter account claims no responsibility for the recent hacks on BART-related websites. We’ll have more on this as it develops next week. And speaking of Anonymous, check this out. Hot off the press and a must-read.
Fifth, Sue Scheff who co-authored a book detailing her head-online fight with internet defamers has some good tips to detect if your Facebook account has been hacked. She is a great follow on Twitter. Facebook hacking happens way more often than you think. Beware.
As the weekend rolls on, remember: you’re legit!
There is a lot of good information out there. I will bring as much as I can when I can. I will address jurisdictional issues (can you sue in X court?) next week (don’t worry – it is much more fun than it sounds!)