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Cookies and Consent Under the EU GDPR

According to a recent story published by The Register, the U.K. data privacy watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a warning to the U.S.-based newspaper The Washington Post (WaPo) about obtaining consent under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and allowing its readers to switch off tracking and cookies. Article 6(1) of … Continue Reading

Legal Issues to Consider Before Starting Big Data Projects

We read every day about the myriad of purposes for which enterprises are embarking on Big Data projects. Securing C-suite buy in and funding may be a significant endeavor, as is implementing an analytic approach to yield results that will achieve the project’s overall goals. In the face of those challenges, the legal and regulatory … Continue Reading

Google is No Cookie Monster, says Delaware Federal Court

This post was co-authored by Julian D. Perlman and is a joint submission with BakerHostetler’s Class Action Lawsuit Defense blog. In a decisive victory for Google and several co-defendants, a Delaware federal court dismissed the claims of a putative class of individuals who alleged that they were injured by Google’s practice of circumventing certain internet browsers’ … 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

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

Lessons For Privacy Advocates and Website Operators From Amazon Cookie Litigation

A Washington federal district court has dismissed with prejudice class action claims against Amazon alleging that the company’s use of cookies to track consumers’ personal data violated the Consumer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), and has requested further briefing on a claimed violation of the Washington Consumer Protection Act (WCPA). (Del Vecchio v. Amazon). This … Continue Reading

UK Privacy Office Commences Enforcement of Cookie Rules

The reports of the Internet’s demise were greatly exaggerated. On May 25, 2012, the United Kingdom Information Privacy Office (the “IPO”)  ended its one-year moratorium on the enforcement of the European Directive governing the use of cookies (the “Cookie Directive”) and, contrary to the doomsayers, the Internet continues to function (as I assume it still … Continue Reading

Focus on Behavioral Advertising

As the FTC is evaluating its Dot Com Disclosures guidelines and Congress considers Do Not Track legislation, the debate over regulation of online advertising has intensified.  On one side, opponents of new legislation explain how online advertising subsidizes many of the free services Internet users enjoy and point to studies showing that Internet advertising contributes … Continue Reading

Cookies Crumbling? — An Update

The UK Information Commissioners Office (“ICO”) has clarified today that it will not commence enforcement of the controversial new EU rules governing the use of “cookies” until May of 2012 (the “EU Cookie Law”).  With certain limited exceptions, the new EU Cookie Law requires users to provide express “opt-in” consent before a website can place “cookies” on … Continue Reading

Fighting Back Against Flash Cookies

Savvy internet users know that their movements on the Internet are tracked by the use of “cookies” placed on their computers and used by marketing firms to study consumer patterns and target advertising.  They also think that their internet browsers are equipped to remove those cookies. What many users—even vigilant users—do not know, is that … Continue Reading
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