What you need to know about Social Media and the Law

  • November 09, 2011
  • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Bull, Housser & Tupper 3000-1055 West Georgia, Vancouver
  • 5


  • price includes HST
  • price includes HST

Advance registration and payment is required. Cancellation: 72-hour notice

7:30 Networking and continental breakfast
8:00 Sessions start
Registration is closed

Social networking has changed the way people and businesses communicate with each other. And the landscape of legal rights and obligations is shifting in reaction to this new world. The growing interest in protecting individual privacy and the use of personal information is also having a growing impact on how we can do business in Canada.

Join us for a leading-edge session with three subject matter experts, looking at legal implications and risk management, both in the workplace and externally in our relationships with customers. Learn about:

  • the developing use of social media in the recruiting and hiring process and the human rights implications of getting it wrong
  • what policies should be in place and how to handle policy violations
  • training and appropriate disciplinary actions

Intellectual property
  • who owns social media contacts and posts
  • common IP violations in social media
  • protecting personal and corporate reputations online
  • user names, Facebook advertisements, Foursquare entries, Twitterjacking
  • identifying anonymous infringers

Privacy issues
  • use of social media by business in servicing their customers
  • collecting, using and sharing personal information
  • information security and handling a privacy breach
  • cross border issues - Patriot Act  and anti-spam legislation
  • new technology impacts, e.g. mobile, wireless, GPS and location tracking
  • risk management – privacy compliance
  • trends to watch for

The Bull Housser and Tupper workshop sold out last year, so sign up early to avoid disappointment!

Chris Wilson leads Bull, Housser and Tupper’s intellectual property litigation practice. Prior to entering the field of law, Chris worked as a software programmer and software designer. He has a keen interest in social media and the law. He has acted as lead counsel in trade-mark, patent, trade secrets and copyright litigation in the Federal and British Columbia trial and appellate courts.  He represents clients in intellectual property enforcement and disputes, including copyright and trade-mark enforcement actions, patent infringement and ownership disputes, parallel imports (grey marketing), misleading advertising, Internet issues such as domain names, meta tags and keyword advertising, trade-mark opposition appeals, and expungement actions.


Ryan Berger is a commercial litigator who works with public and private sector organizations develop effective and integrated privacy compliance. This includes policies and procedures, systems and security, information sharing agreements, and access issues. He has also assisted various organizations respond to inquiries by the federal and British Columbia privacy commissioners. He advises employers in a wide range of employment and dismissal cases, as well as harassment and human rights complaints. He is the firm’s Privacy Officer and Chair of the Privacy Committee.


Herb Isherwood is a senior labour and employment lawyer with extensive experience in labour relations strategy, grievance arbitration, employment standards, wrongful dismissal and human rights. He is a former Adjunct Professor, Labour Law, Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia. He is a trusted advisor to many employers in the public and private sectors in all major areas of the economy including communication, finance, transportation, warehousing, local governments, hospitality, health care, high tech, professional services, entertainment, retail, resource and manufacturing.


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