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Can Facebook Contact Violate a Restraining Order?

You're online and your social network serves up a profile. It's someone you know and loathe: that person who also has a restraining order against you. Can you tag or comment or contact them in any way?

No. It is far better to be safe than sorry when it come to no-contact orders. Contact via social media is most definitely contact. A judge in New York last week ruled that commenting on a Facebook page can violate a protective order even if the post has no profanity or threats, the American Bar Association reports.

When writing about broad legal topics for these blogs, we often bring up specific examples to explain the law. For instance, we used Bill Cosby's wife to talk about when spouses can be forced to testify. Of course, Camille Cosby and her husband are public figures, so that comes with the territory, so to speak.

Not everyone whose case we write about is famous (yet), and we often get angry calls, emails, or tweets, when someone sees their name or legal case on our websites. Here's the thing though: almost all civil and criminal legal filings are public records, and the First Amendment protects publishing them.

Shoppers, Beware Christmas Counterfeits

Christmas shoppers in a hurry to check everyone off of their gift lists may wish to take a moment to pause. Almost a quarter of online shoppers unknowingly purchased a counterfeit brand online, according to a study published by Trademarks and Brands Online.

The vast majority of those consumers said they would not have bought the counterfeit product if they were aware it was a fake. But the chances of making a mistake go up during Christmas when people tend to buy a lot on a short deadline. As online shopping increases generally -- and specifically ahead of the holiday season -- so does the likelihood of buying a fake.

There may have been a moment, a brief blip of Internet time, when trolling was harmless and funny. But as instances online harassment and cyberbullying have escalated, we've become aware of how serious the real life consequences of Internet trolling can be.

As schools are now teaching online safety and states are passing cyberbullying laws, insurance companies are also pitching in and providing "troll insurance" to cover victims of online harassment. So what does troll insurance cover and can you add it to your insurance coverage?

It's not just Black Friday and Cyber Monday -- some of us will be doing our holiday shopping right up until Christmas Eve. And whether you're grabbing gifts online or IRL, you need to keep your ID secure.

Here are a few tips on avoiding identity theft during the holiday shopping season:

Has Anyone Died in Your House? Now You Can Find Out

Is your house haunted by ghosts and meth labs past? You can find out for $12, which may be worth it if you are the curious type or are about to buy a property with a grisly tale.

The Died In House site says it will search 130 million police records and death certificates associated with an address for a fee. It will also give you facts about death data in your state for free.

The Facebook privacy notice is a hoax. Just like it was in 2012, just like it was in 2014, copying and pasting a nonsensical disclaimer into your status is absolutely meaningless. So please, for the sake of all your "friends," please stop doing this.

Unfortunately, Facebook users can't dictate privacy controls to the company, but that doesn't mean there aren't ways to control what personal information Facebook has access to.

It was around the time people operating on the Internet black market Silk Road started getting arrested that the Tor network landed on the casual observer's radar. It sounded great -- an anonymous way to surf the Internet. But it was already tied up with criminal behavior.

This left many people wondering if using Tor is even legal. And while it may not get you into trouble, it may also not be as good at keeping you out of it as previously believed.

The recent hack of the Office of Personnel Management exposed the personal information of some 21.5 million people. That's almost 15 percent of the country. So understandably, it may take some time to notify all those people.

Could you be one of them? Here's what the OPM does, and why they may have your personal information.

It's a concern that's unique to the most recent generation of parents: how worried should I be about my child's Internet use? We've all heard the anecdotes about everything from screen time to online bullying, and as the Internet grows and evolves, it's only natural for parents to become more uneasy about the amount of time their kids are spending on the Internet and what they're seeing and sharing while online.

A recent FindLaw survey backs this up -- parents are more worried about their children's safety while they use the Internet than they were four years ago. But are they doing more anything about it?