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🙁🙂 🤷 Navigating the Challenges of Emojis and the Law: Are Emojis Legally Binding?

How do you define this emoji? 🙏 Is it referencing someone praying or a congratulatory high-five? What about this emoji? 😚 Is it a kissy face or someone whistling? These two examples immediately highlight some of the biggest challenges that legal professionals are facing when it comes to emojis and litigation matters and investigations. How do you accurately interpret emojis when people encounter and define them differently? How should the law determine consent, agreement, or state-of-mind when all you have are pictures? Here we’ll explore some of the crucial challenges facing lawyers and judicial officers when it becomes necessary to comprehend the meaning of emojis in communications.

Inside the Assessment: NARA's Recommendations for Federal Social Media Archiving

How do Federal agencies like NASA, the Department of Education, and the Department of Homeland Security capture and manage social media records? To uncover this, in 2022 The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) conducted an assessment of the policies, practices, and procedures related to the use of social media for 10 federal agencies, including the aforementioned and NARA itself. In September 2023, NARA released the findings in the “Managing Social Media Records: Records Management Assessment Report.”

From Blockbuster to Meta: The Evolution of The Video Privacy Protection Act to Class Action Lawsuits

How could an obscure privacy law from 1988 majorly disrupt online video streaming as we know it and make tech giants like Meta and Netflix targets of class action lawsuits? Well, depending on who you talk to (and those involved in the related class action suits) every website that serves you a video is violating the Video Privacy Protection Act, otherwise known as the VPPA.

Managing Microsoft Teams Records for Compliance and Legal Purposes

With over 100,000 users connecting every minute, Microsoft Teams has become the go-to communication platform for organizations worldwide. Its widespread adoption can be attributed to the surge in remote work at the onset of the pandemic. The chart below shows the number of daily active MS Teams users growing significantly in 2020, with the trend continuing in 2021 and 2022. Microsoft Teams now boast over 300 million users. Source: https://www.communicationsquare.com/news/microsoft-teams-vs-slack/

Navigating Dynamic ESI: Insights from the Pagefreezer-ACEDS Webinar

To shed light on the management of dynamic electronically stored information (ESI) and its impact on legal and compliance processes, Pagefreezer hosted a webinar featuring Mike Quartararo from ACEDS (Assocation of Certified E-Discovery Specialists), Michael Simon from Seventh Samurai Legal Consulting, and Peter Callaghan from Pagefreezer. During this webinar, they shared learnings from a recent report focusing on dynamic data trends in e-Discovery and shared their thoughts on those findings.

Why the DOJ Says Messaging Apps & Collaboration Platforms Are a Major Compliance Problem

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has updated their Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs policy with special attention paid to messaging platforms when detecting and investigating potential misconduct and law violations. Moving forward, they will now consider whether corporate policies ensure communications from these apps are accessible and amenable to preservation.

How to Export Teams Chats for Compliance and eDiscovery

How to Export Teams Chats for Compliance and eDiscovery Exporting Microsoft Teams chat data for legal and compliance purposes is a critical task that can seem like a Herculean effort to execute—especially if you have days, months, or even years worth of MS Teams messages to export. Thankfully, there are a number of different methods and tools that extract and preserve relevant data from Teams.

What Is Social Media Impersonation (Identity Theft)? And How Can You Prevent It?

With the rise of social media, individuals have become increasingly comfortable sharing personal information online. However, this has also made them susceptible to social media impersonation, a growing phenomenon that can lead to identity theft and other online fraud. Impersonators can easily create fake profiles and use stolen personal information to deceive others. They may use this information to gain access to private accounts or even steal money.

How to (Really) Archive Microsoft Teams Chats and Channels

If you're familiar with Microsoft Teams, you probably know about its built-in archive feature. By visiting the Microsoft Teams Admin Center (you need to be a Teams administrator to do this), you can quickly archive a team, which removes it from the active list and makes it read-only.

9 Ways to Deal With the Legal & Compliance Challenges of Microsoft Teams

The adoption rate of Microsoft Teams over the last few years has been nothing short of astonishing. In 2019, just prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Microsoft's collaboration platform had around 20 million users. As of 2022 (the most recent stats available), the number of active users sits at 270 million! This incredible growth is a testament to the benefits that Teams offers organizations—especially in an environment where many employees are working remotely.

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