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iBeacons Usher in New Era of Mobile Advertising in 2014, Raise Old Privacy Concerns

Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published on February 6, 2014 courtesy of iMedia Connection’s Blog. It is repurposed with permission. Remember that scene from Minority Report? The one where John Anderton (Tom Cruise) takes a trip to GAP, virtual billboards call out his name and bombard him with offers as he walks through … Continue Reading

Information Governance – 2013 in Review

By: Judith A. Selby and James A. Sherer 2013 was the year that the term “Information Governance” or “IG” began to be widely used outside of technical circles. Despite that fact, the concept of IG is not well understood. Gartner, a premier information advisory company, defines IG as the specification of decision rights and an accountability framework … Continue Reading

California Data Breach Notification Laws Expand to Include Login Information

Authored by: Charles K. Shih On Friday, September 27, California governor Jerry Brown signed a bill, S.B. 46, which increases the online protection of potential identity theft for Californians by requiring companies to give notice when a California resident’s log in data is compromised. California’s attorney general sponsored the law, which was written by Senate … Continue Reading

California’s New “Eraser Button” Law Allows Regretful Teens to Remove Embarrassing Internet Postings

Authored by: Charles K. Shih California became the first state to sign into law a bill that requires websites and apps to provide an “eraser button” to its users under the age of 18.  The law, S.B. 568 signed by California Governor Jerry Brown, has two main elements.  First, it requires Internet companies to provide … Continue Reading

Legal concepts every social media marketer should know: Part IV – User Generated Content (Content Treasure Trove v. Legal Pandora’s Box)

Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published on September 30, 2013, courtesy of iMedia Connection’s Blog. It is repurposed with permission. This post is co-authored by Alan M. Pate The most valuable resource in a marketing campaign can often be the very audience you are trying to reach. “User generated content,” or UGC, be … Continue Reading

Legal concepts every social media marketer should know: Part II — Rules of the road for online advertising

Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published on August 26, 2013, courtesy of iMedia Connection’s Blog. It is repurposed with permission. This post is co-authored by Alan M. Pate. As long as we have sold stuff, we’ve used images or stories to help sell them. As Calvin Coolidge of all people once said in … Continue Reading

Legal concepts every social media marketer should know: Part I — Consumer privacy

Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published on August 12, 2013, courtesy of iMedia Connection’s Blog. It is repurposed with permission. This post is co-authored by Alan M. Pate. There are three things a social media website operator or digital marketer probably hates to hear most before  launching an online ad campaign: 1. Can you make … Continue Reading

Federal Prosecutors Indict Accused Data Thieves

Federal prosecutors announced yesterday the arrest and indictment of five men accused of involvement in the theft of over 160 million credit card numbers. According to prosecutors, thefts by this group involved some of the largest and most notable U.S. data breaches of recent years, including Global Payments, Heartland Payment Systems, Hannaford, and NASDAQ, among … Continue Reading

HHS Office of Civil Rights Hosts Webinar on Final Rule

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights (OCR), joined with the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange and hosted an online seminar discussing HITECH requirements in the new Final Rule. The presentations covered many points about the Final Rule previously outlined on this blog (see here, here, and here). Rachel Seeger, … Continue Reading

Mobile Apps and Websites Face New COPPA Requirements Starting July 1

Authored by Benjamin D. Pergament In one month, on July 1, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission’s most recent amendments to its Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (“COPPA Rule”) will go into effect. These changes include a variety of requirements intended to keep up with advances in technology and how children interact with mobile apps … Continue Reading

New gTLDs Raise Data Security Concerns

Authored by: David A. Einhorn and Alan Pate ICANN is well on its way to the launch of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) with the first ones being approved as early as April 23rd.  The handful of TLDs currently in use, such as “.com”, “.org”, and “.edu”, may soon be joined by over 1000 gTLDs … Continue Reading

The New FTC Dot Com Disclosures – the FTC Updates its Digital Advertising Guidelines for the Twitter and Facebook Age

In what seems like a lifetime ago –and in the fast moving world of the Internet maybe it is –  in May 2000 the Federal Trade Commission issued “Dot Com Disclosures: Information about Online Advertising” to provide guidelines on the applicability of the FTC’s rules to online activities. Back then, the top of mind issues … Continue Reading

FTC Final Order Prohibits Epic Marketplace From “History Sniffing”

Authored by: Elizabeth Stamoulis The FTC recently approved a final order settling charges against Epic Marketplace, Inc. (“Epic”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Epic Media Group, LLC. This action against Epic is another step in the FTC’s continuing efforts to limit the use of online tracking technologies, previously discussed on this blog here and here. In … Continue Reading

FTC Databook Highlights Consumer Fraud

The FTC last week announced the release of the Consumer Sentinel Network Databook for January – December 2012.  The “Consumer Sentinel Network” is the FTC’s platform for law enforcement collaboration on issues affecting consumers. The program collects data from a wide range of sources, providing a comprehensive, nationwide picture of consumer complaints. Given the possible existence … Continue Reading

FTC Settlement Restricts Use of Web Tracking Technology

Co-authored by: Elizabeth Stamoulis On February 20th, after a period for public comment, the FTC approved a final order settling charges against Compete, Inc., a market research company that collects online data for the purpose of developing and selling reports about consumer behavior on the Internet. The action demonstrates the FTC’s continuing concern about online … Continue Reading

International Compendium of Data Privacy Laws

Privacy and data protection issues confront all organizations—whether you handle employee information, credit card data, sensitive financial information or trade secrets. Securing data is a daunting task that is further complicated by cross-border transfer issues and the differences in privacy laws around the world. These laws are complex and can pose myriad and sometimes conflicting … Continue Reading

The FTC Mobile Privacy Staff Report

As reported here, the FTC earlier this month released a staff report on mobile privacy. The report, Mobile Privacy Disclosures: Building Trust Through Transparency, provides privacy practice recommendations to firms operating in the mobile app development “ecosystem.” The report’s recommendations are geared mainly toward developers and app store operators, such as Apple, Google, or Microsoft. … Continue Reading

Rockefeller Releases Results of Fortune 500 Survey on Cybersecurity

Back in September, I posted here about Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller’s (D-WV) letters to all FORTUNE 500 companies inquiring about business opposition to cybersecurity legislation.  This morning, Rockefeller released a report by his staff summarizing the gist of the roughly 300 responses he’s received to date.  The report does not mention any … Continue Reading

China Adopts Privacy Legislation Strengthening Online Personal Data Protection

Authorship Credit:  Tina Amin   China’s top legislature, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, closed out 2012 with the approval of rules to enhance the protection of online personal information.  The “Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress to Strengthen the Protection of Internet Data” (“Decision”), which took effect upon … Continue Reading

FTC Amends Its COPPA Rule to Protect Children Online After Technology Advances In Gathering Their Personal Information

Technology advances often help consumers do things quicker or easier.  For regulators and law enforcers, such advances often present challenges in keeping laws and regulations up to date. The latest example is amendments announced by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) on December 19, 2012, to update its Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) Rule, which … Continue Reading

Lame Duck Congress Acts on Privacy Bills, Mostly With an Eye Toward 2013

While continuing congressional inaction on the fiscal cliff is getting most of the ink/pixels in news headlines over the last couple weeks, several privacy bills have advanced in the House and Senate. Though only one is likely to become law before the 112th Congress ends in a few days, they embody what will be the … Continue Reading

Rep. Markey to Data-Brokers: Let’s Start with Kids, Then Tackle Data Privacy for the Rest

In a briefing convened by the Congressional Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus December 13, 2012, co-chairs Ed Markey (D-MA) and Joe Barton (R-TX) tried to advance their agenda of enhancing children’s online privacy in the context of exploring the scope and practices of “data-brokers.” Panelists included credit bureaus, marketing companies, FTC Commissioners, and privacy advocates. Markey kicked … Continue Reading
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