Author Archives: Justin Kwong

About Justin Kwong

An attorney in the Twin Cities and adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law where I teach a seminar on the law of virtual worlds.

AT&T to Pay Refunds to 2.7 Million Mobile Phone Cramming Victims

Score yet another victory for consumers, thanks to the tireless work of the Federal Trade Commission.  In a recent statement, the FTC announced that it is providing over $88 million in refunds to more than 2.7 million current and former … Continue reading

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Don’t Worry: HuffPo Blogger Gets Facebook’s Messenger App Terms of Service ALL WRONG.

Facebook has recently spun off its popular messaging service into a standalone app. That’s probably a good thing because it was exceedingly clumsy to access messages in the most recent versions of the app (at least on Android).  Facebook has been trying … Continue reading

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FTC Suit Against T-Mobile Says ‘Un-Carrier’ Profited From Cell Phone Cramming

Two years ago, I posted a piece written by a former student of mine about a new type of scam called “phone cramming,” something I had never heard of at the time.  Fast forward to now, and I figured all the major cellular carriers … Continue reading

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Defacing Facebook is Now a Crime in Ireland

What do you do when you think your ex-girlfriend is seeing another man?  If you answered: go to her house, steal her phone and post that she’s a whore on her Facebook status, you could be charged with criminal defacement of … Continue reading

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The Role of Social Media in the Courtroom

There’s not much else to say on this issue that I didn’t say in the interview… The key is that for now, social media have no place in the courtroom unless they are directly related to the case, like … Continue reading

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Facebook Site Governance Vote

There are only a few more hours left to get your vote in for Facebook’s site governance vote on the company’s proposed Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Data Use Policy.  I’ve reviewed the changes and they make a lot of … Continue reading

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Election Day Special: Sharing a Picture of Your Ballot Asking for Trouble

I hope everyone reading this has already voted, but if you’re on your way to the polls later, be sure not to succumb to the temptation to post a picture of your ballot to your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other … Continue reading

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Court Decision, Settlement Could Finally Ensure Universal Website Accessibility

Yesterday, Netflix announced that it had reached a settlement with the National Association of the Deaf to caption all of its streaming content by 2014.  This is big news, but went largely unnoticed, just like the court ruling that prompted … Continue reading

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New Posts Coming This Fall

Hey everyone, hope you’re enjoying the last bits of summer before the leaves start to fall and sweaters emerge from their hiding place under the bed. I’ve been out and about, but I will start posting more regularly as things … Continue reading

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NPR Discusses Inheriting Digital Assets

I’ve been talking about the importance of figuring out the heritability of digital assets for some time now. A recent sign that the issue is starting to hit the mainstream emerged yesterday on All Things Considered as Robert Siegel talked with Jonathan Zittrain, … Continue reading

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