Florida’s Revised Charitable Solicitation Laws

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In an effort to deter fraudulent and deceptive organizations from soliciting contributions within Florida, the Legislature has amended its solicitation of funds law effective July 1, 2014. Some of the major changes are as follows: Officers, directors, trustees, or employees of charitable organizations convicted of a felony or crime of dishonesty, within the past ten […]

Florida’s Revised Data Breach Notification Laws

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In the wake of major data breaches in late 2013 and early 2014, the Florida Legislature unanimously adopted new, more stringent data breach notification requirements. Effective July 1, 2014, The Florida Information Protection Act of 2014 requires notification to affected consumers within 30 days of discovering a breach of personal information. Penalties for noncompliance can […]

Creating an Effective, Enforceable Social Media Policy

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In a previous post, we discussed the most common social media pitfalls and “what if” scenarios that can cause headaches for businesses. Many of these pitfalls and awkward scenarios could be avoided if companies developed and implemented a formal social media policy. Despite a number of high profile social media gaffes, however, most organizations have […]

Beware of the Legal Pitfalls of Social Media

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According to Pew Internet Project research, 73 percent of all Internet users are active social media users. Americans spend an average of 37 minutes per day on social media, making it the most popular Internet activity according to Business Insider. Not surprisingly, more than 1 million North American small to midsize businesses (SMBs) are using […]

Are You Prepared for Canada’s Anti-Spam Law?

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On July 1, 2014, Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) goes into effect. The law is intended to protect citizens from commercial electronic messages (CEMs) that include spam, malicious software, phishing, data harvesting, false or misleading promotions, and “any other current and future Internet and wireless telecommunication threats prohibited by Canada’s anti-spam legislation.” CASL is viewed primarily […]