On May 30, 2013, the Hogan Lovells Paris office hosted a seminar on internal and external social networks. While the informal nature of social networks, whether they are public or internallydeveloped by companies, is at the origin of their success, we still need to be aware that these platforms of self-expression are regulated. From labour law to personal data through consumer law to rules concerning payment terms, they raise innumerable topics of interest.
The seminar was introduced by David Taylor and Winston Maxwell who head up the Paris Office TMT practice. After an overview given by Paul Hébert, Head of the legal department of the French National Commission on Information Technology and Freedom (CNIL), Jean-Marc Albiol talked about the issues arising under labour law from the use of social networks and which affect human resources. Lionel de Souza focused his speech on the difficult balance that must be found between social networks, privacy and the protection of intellectual property rights. Christine Gateau and Christelle Coslin provided an overview of French and European case law regarding advertising and the conditions under which one can use social networks. Finally, Sébastien Gros discussed the regulatory issues associated with social networks. All the presentations can be found here.
You can also check the live tweet of the seminar on our Twitter account @HL_TMT_FR.