Social Media Law Presentation Slides for MENG Webinar

I recently had the pleasure of presenting a nationally broadcast webinar on social media law to MENG (Marketing Executives Networking Group) which is a national network of top-level marketing executives. You can learn more about MENG by visiting its website and you can learn more about my presentation by visiting MENG’s webpage promoting the webinar.

Thanks to the hard work and experience of the MENG team, the technical aspects of the webinar were very smooth and the participants had fabulous questions that made it even better. Presenting to MENG was a great experience that I really appreciate!

The slides from the presentation titled Social Media Law: It is Real, and, Yes, It Really Can Impact Your Business are available HERE.

 


 

About the author

Shawn Tuma is a lawyer who is experienced in advising clients on complex digital information law and intellectual property issues. These issues include things such as trade secrets litigation and misappropriation of trade secrets (under common law and the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act), unfair competition, and cyber crimes such as the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act; helping companies with data security issues from assessing their data security strengths and vulnerabilities, helping them implement policies and procedures for better securing their data, preparing data breach incident response plans, leading them through responses to a data breach, and litigating disputes that have arisen from data breaches.

Shawn is a partner at BrittonTuma, a boutique business law firm with offices near the boarder of Frisco and Plano, Texas which is located minutes from the District Courts of Collin County, Texas and the Plano Courthouse of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas. He represents clients in lawsuits across the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex including state and federal courts in Collin County, Denton County, Dallas County, and Tarrant County, which are all courts in which he regularly handles cases (as well as throughout the nation pro hac vice). Tuma regularly serves as a consultant to other lawyers on issues within his area of expertise and also serves as local counsel for attorneys with cases in the District Courts of Collin County, Texas, the United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas, and the United States District Court, Northern District of Texas.

Using Social Media in Your Law Practice – Presentation to Collin County Bar Association #ccba

Using Social Media in Your Law Firm

Using Social Media in Your Law Firm

Today I have the pleasure of speaking to a great group of Collin County lawyers in the Collin County Bar Association’s monthly general meeting about the practical and ethical considerations of using social media in a law practice as well as my own tips that I have learned by using social media in my practice.

Here is are Prezi presentation slides — take a look and let me know your thoughts!

Using Social Media In Your Law Practice

 


 

About the author

Shawn Tuma is a lawyer who is experienced in advising clients on complex digital information law and intellectual property issues. These issues include things such as trade secrets litigation and misappropriation of trade secrets (under common law and the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act), unfair competition, and cyber crimes such as the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act; helping companies with data security issues from assessing their data security strengths and vulnerabilities, helping them implement policies and procedures for better securing their data, preparing data breach incident response plans, leading them through responses to a data breach, and litigating disputes that have arisen from data breaches.

Shawn is a partner at BrittonTuma, a boutique business law firm with offices near the boarder of Frisco and Plano, Texas which is located minutes from the District Courts of Collin County, Texas and the Plano Courthouse of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas. He represents clients in lawsuits across the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex including state and federal courts in Collin County, Denton County, Dallas County, and Tarrant County, which are all courts in which he regularly handles cases (as well as throughout the nation pro hac vice). Tuma regularly serves as a consultant to other lawyers on issues within his area of expertise and also serves as local counsel for attorneys with cases in the District Courts of Collin County, Texas, the United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas, and the United States District Court, Northern District of Texas.

Using Social Media in Your Law Practice – Prezi Presentation

Using Social Media in Your Law Firm

Using Social Media in Your Law Firm

I recently had the pleasure of speaking to a great group of Collin County lawyers in the Collin County Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section about the practical and ethical considerations of using social media in a law practice as well as my own tips that I have learned by using social media in my practice.

Here is are Prezi presentation slides — take a look and let me know your thoughts!

Using Social Media In Your Law Practice

 


 

About the author

Shawn Tuma is a lawyer who is experienced in advising clients on complex digital information law and intellectual property issues. These issues include things such as trade secrets litigation and misappropriation of trade secrets (under common law and the Texas Uniform Trade Secrets Act), unfair competition, and cyber crimes such as the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act; helping companies with data security issues from assessing their data security strengths and vulnerabilities, helping them implement policies and procedures for better securing their data, preparing data breach incident response plans, leading them through responses to a data breach, and litigating disputes that have arisen from data breaches.

Shawn is a partner at BrittonTuma, a boutique business law firm with offices near the boarder of Frisco and Plano, Texas which is located minutes from the District Courts of Collin County, Texas and the Plano Courthouse of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas. He represents clients in lawsuits across the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex including state and federal courts in Collin County, Denton County, Dallas County, and Tarrant County, which are all courts in which he regularly handles cases (as well as throughout the nation pro hac vice). Tuma regularly serves as a consultant to other lawyers on issues within his area of expertise and also serves as local counsel for attorneys with cases in the District Courts of Collin County, Texas, the United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas, and the United States District Court, Northern District of Texas.

Listen to Shawn Tuma discuss social media law issues for business on PlayMakers Talk Show via podcast

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UPDATE: here is the podcast

Shawn Tuma is a featured guest on this week’s PlayMaker’s Talk Show on 570 KLIF in Dallas, Texas. Shawn will discuss several social media law issues that are important for businesses and business owners to consider when using social media. The show airs at 4:00 p.m. today – Sunday, March 17, 2013. You can listen LIVE by going to the KLIF website or stream the show on iheartradio.

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A podcast of the episode is available by clicking HERE to play/download or going to the PlayMaker’s Talk Show website.

You can view Shawn’s blog posts on social media law HERE. If you have any questions or would like to talk social media law, computer fraud, data security or privacy, please feel free to contact Shawn at 469.635.1335, stuma@brittontuma.com or @shawnetuma

Social Media Evidence: Nightclub Promoter Tweets of Cowboys Players Drinking “Ace” Shortly Before Deadly Car Crash

When I give presentations on social media law, one of the topics I address is the use of social media as evidence in court cases. In the past I have usually used hypothetical examples to make my point of demonstrating how people’s penchant for saying really stupid things on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc. can be used later on in a court case. Sadly, based on information I have learned from a story a short while ago, all of my hypotheticals from the past can now be replaced by one even worse — and far more tragic.

She tweeted what?

Consider the following tweets from the “promoter” of the nightclub where Dallas Cowboys football player Josh Brent was drinking with his teammate Jerry Brown shortly before the car crash that left Brown dead and Brent charged with intoxication manslaughter:

_______________________________________Tickled Pink EP  Mesha_08  on Twitter

Tickled Pink EP
@Mesha_08

I have 12 #Cowboys in theeee building!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #Privae

8 Dec 12

______________________________________

Tickled Pink EP
@Mesha_08

These fools buying Ace on top of Ace!!!!!!

8 Dec 12

_____________________________________

What do you think?

We now have a purported eyewitness who saw them drinking and not only posted it on Twitter for all the world to see, but also posted what they were drinking (“Ace”) and her perception of how much they were drinking with the implication that it was a lot. Now, I understand that Ms. Kimesha Jackson a/k/a @Mesha_08 is trying to promote the club and, presumably, promoting it via Twitter is part of her job. But …

  • Surely this evidence will not unappreciated by the prosecutors in making their case against Josh Brent, right?

  • Surely this evidence will not be unappreciated by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission in investigating just what she mean’t by “These fools buying Ace on top of Ace!!!!!!”, right?

  • Surely this evidence will not be unappreciated by the insurance companies investigating this tragic car crash, right?

  • Surely this is not the kind of evidence that other would-be patrons of Privae would want broadcast around the world about them, right?

Do you want to guess who will have the pleasure of testifying in each of these proceedings to explain just what she meant by these tweets?

Here’s a little hint: “Ms. Jackson, will you please state your full name for the record?”

Social Media Law: Video Presentation for Social Media Breakfast

The full video of my recent presentation on social media law is now available!

On August 30, 2012, I made a presentation to Social Media Breakfast Dallas titled Social Media Law: It is Real and, Yes, It Can Impact Your Business. The presentation was about social media law and how it relates to businesses using social media. The presentation was professionally videoed by Jason (@jcroftmagic) and the great people at Magic Production Group (@magicprogroup) and they did a fantastic job on the production! The full video presentation is embedded on both Vimeo and YouTube below and you can also access it by clicking on the links for Vimeo and YouTube. As always, please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss these issues any further! Shawn Tuma: @shawnetuma / stuma@brittontuma.com / 214.726.2808.

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Want to be Creeped Out or Creeped On? “Girls Around Me” Shows Dangers of Sharing TMI on Social Media

You may or may not be creeped out by this new app but, it’s a good bet that if you haven’t already been creeped on, you will be. All from your own information!

A new app called Girls Around Me is a creeper’s dream. The scariest part about it is that it is powered by your information that you make publicly available through social media — you just probably haven’t seen it all pulled together and used this way. Essentially, what the app does is aggregate information from several social media sites including Facebook and Foursquare to literally hunt down and track the location of girls (or guys) who are around you at any given time. It then allows you to gather more information about them, see more pictures of them, etc. It does this based on the geo-tagging information available through your check-ins and the information and pictures you make available on your various social media profiles.

While I am sure it will only be a matter of days before our national nannys in Congress decide the highest and best use of their time and energy is to ban this app, this isn’t a legal issue. It’s a life issue.

We all must come to grips with the fact that, in our modern society, data is the most valuable thing out there and everyone wants it. That’s right — data. Data is more valuable than money. Why, you may wonder? Because it can be used to make a lot more money! Please – stop whatever it is you are doing right now and use your brain for just a few minutes and think about this. Yes, I said think – think about these simple questions:

  • Why do you think Google is so happy to give you all of those awesome “free” tools?
  • Why do you think Facebook is worth so much when it gives away its product for free?
  • Why do you think all of these App Developers spend the time and money they do to develop apps that they then give away for free or $.99?

WAKE UP!!!

Everyone out there is trying to find ways of getting your data — as much information about you as possible — so they can sell it to those who use it for reasons you can’t even imagine. It is yours and it is up to you to protect it. If you chose not to, if you chose to make it public, you should at least recognize how it can be used and this app gives just one very small example. Just imagine yourself showing up on the screen displayed to the right:

Many of you will be disgusted by this app and the method in which it is marketed. And, understandably so. However, we really should be thankful that we have had a chance to see it because it gives us a great real-world example of just how much information about ourselves that we share for the world to see and use. If you know me personally, you know that I am a huge fan of social media, my legal practice includes social media law, and am an avid user of social media. I use Facebook and Foursquare, check-in many places I go, and then allow it to be broadcast via Facebook and Twitter. If someone had a twisted fetish for an overweight, middle-aged white guy who spends his free time writing about “law stuff”, no doubt they could find me and I’d be on their “app”. Given the description I just gave, however, I’m ok with taking that risk. But the important thing is that it is an educated risk. Yours should be also.

If you want to read more about this app and get a much better understanding of how it works, read this excellent article by John Brownlee: This Creepy App Isn’t Just Stalking Women Without Their Knowledge, It’s a Wake-Up Call About Facebook Privacy — this is where I first learned about the app and is the article from which most of the factual content originated. Thanks for the excellent work John!

UPDATE: WITHIN A DAY OF MY WRITING THIS POST, FOURSQUARE HAD KILLED THIS APP. But, the lesson remains the same and you can bet, there will be more.