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Social Media and Privacy ARTICLES

Now What Did Facebook Do to the Internet? The Invalidation of the US Safe Harbor Agreement


In Schrems the Court of Justice annulled the Commission’s Safe Harbor Decision regarding the transfer of personal data between the US and the EU. This judgment not only led to public re actions within the US but raised the question as to how companies should react in the immediate term to the absence of a legal framework to data transfer. In this context the adoption of some form of self-remedial actions, as model contract clauses or binding corporate rules, seems crucial. The currently negotiated new framework for transatlantic data flows, the EU-US Privacy Shield, could remedy the situation. However, critics perceive it merely as a relabeled Safe Harbor Agreement without enhanced data protection

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Social Media at Work Raises Issues of Account Ownership

By: Pedram Tabibi and Michael H. Masri

The continuing growth and business integration of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ signifies that social media is entering all aspects of everyday life. Businesses, for one, increasingly rely on social media to promote their brand, advertise products, and connect with clients and potential clients. In fact, 2012 will mark the first time that online advertising spending will surpass print advertising spending in total dollars.

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