February 2011Dawnmarie Souza, an employee of American Medical Response, a Connecticut ambulance service, took to Facebook to criticize her supervisor and other coworkers. Soon after, she was terminated from her position. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) promptly brought the wrongful termination complaint before an administrative court, arguing that the company's social media policy was too broad and that Souza's termination violated the National Labor Relations Act, which keeps employers from penalizing employees for talking about unionization or working conditions. A settlement was reached in which Souza did not return to work but the company changed its social media policy. … [Read more...] about Status Update: Fired – Social media is a great way to market a company. It is also a great way to get fired from one.
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For another, Pokémon Go may be a cyber-security concern for company’s using Google products, such as Chrome, Gmail, and Google drive. When the app first debuted, it requested “full access” to the user’s Google account, which meant that Nintendo and/or its partner, Niantic, could not only review your email, your Google docs, Google photos, your location history, your search history, but also, modify all that content, and even send emails as the user of your Gmail account! For users who signed up with a company-related Google account, Niantic was functionally a business partner. It appears that recent outcry has led the Pokémon Go creators to modify the permissions required to download the app. It will be interesting to see whether this change is enough to quell the public outcry. Either way, the initial cyber-security scare is a reminder that employers should remain vigilant in maintaining the wall between work and play with employees that have been … [Read more...] about Pokemon Go: At (Or Coming To) A Workplace Near You
An alternative theory holds that Fan is on the run and hiding out somewhere beyond Beijing’s reach, a situation the government would be very reluctant to discuss, at least not until her reputation was completely ruined. If Fan is on the lam, she might be betting the Communist Party will leave her alone if she keeps quiet and lets them use her as a political instrument. … [Read more...] about China’s Top Actress Fan Bingbing Disappears, State Media Says She Awaits ‘Legal Judgment’
Nevertheless, the failure of the 2016 Ghostbusters remake had zippo to do with Sony’s decision to hand the lead roles over to women. Starting with 1940’s His Girl Friday and working straight through to last year’s Ocean’s 8 and Overboard and Marvel’s upcoming Captain Marvel (which is going to be a smash), audiences have accepted and will continue to accept gender-flip movies … if they are done correctly. … [Read more...] about Nolte: ‘Ghostbusters’ Will Return Without Female Cast Everyone Hated
Last year, the European Commission proposed a sweeping revision to its already difficult data privacy rules to include an explicit "right to be forgotten." If the proposal is adopted, individuals can demand that websites remove personal photos or other data. Companies that fail or refuse to do so could be fined an amount based on their annual income. The rules, as proposed, would apply both to information the data subject posted about herself and embarrassing information others posted about her, unless the website can prove to a regulator that the information is part of a legitimate journalistic, literary, or artistic exercise. Such a new law would set up a dramatic clash between the European concept of privacy and the American concept of free speech. … [Read more...] about People Still Value Privacy. Get Over It. Online Privacy Alliance.