Privacy Issues in Social Media
IP Litigator
September/October 2012

Associate Chris Loeffler authored an IP Litigator article entitled, "Privacy Issues in Social Media." The article discusses the various influences that are shaping the legal landscape for privacy issues in social media. Currently in the US, there is no comprehensive privacy legislation; this article identifies the patchwork of laws and regulations that address privacy issues. This includes statutes, administrative policies and guidance, regulatory scrutiny, and recent US Congressional activities that all come to bear when evaluating whether social media practices trigger privacy and data security considerations. Further, it provides practical tips for in-house attorneys and outside counsel on steps to take to minimize privacy risks associated with social media practices.