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Section 230 Does Not Apply to Allegations that Website for Models Failed to Warn Plaintiff About Potential for Rape

The 9th Circuit earlier this month decided that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, 47 U.S.C. § 230, does not bar claims that a networking website for models failed to warn a member that a third party might use the...more

New Data on Rule 506 Offerings

Crowdnetic, a provider of technology and market data solutions to the global crowdfinance marketplace, has shared with us for publication data collected through their network of intermediaries....more

GPEN Publishes Privacy Sweep Results

On 10 September 2014, the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) published the results of its privacy enforcement survey or “sweep” carried out earlier in 2014 with respect to popular mobile apps. The results of the sweep...more

Update on Injunction Against Google (Equustek Solutions Inc. v. Google Inc.)

Last summer, Google was ordered by a Canadian court to de-index certain offending websites which were selling goods that were the subject of an intellectual property (IP) infringement claim (Equustek Solutions Inc. v. Jack,...more

Advertising Law - September 2014 #2

Use of Flawed Study Results in $3.5M Settlement with FTC - For relying upon the results of a flawed study to make what the Federal Trade Commission characterized as “baseless” and “hopelessly flawed” weight-loss claims...more

FDA Allowing Additional Comment Period for Draft Social Media Guidances

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reopening the comment period for two draft social media guidances in response to requests for additional time to allow interested persons to submit comments. Beginning September 29,...more

Status Updates - September 2014 #8

..Pin Money. Brands of all sizes have long used the virtual pin board/social media site Pinterest to promote their wares and drive traffic to their web sites. Beginning in October 2014, companies will be able to purchase paid...more

Status Updates - September 2014 #9

Status check. In the recently released Corporate Directors Survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers, 41% of corporate board members reported that their companies monitor social media for adverse publicity. That’s up from 32% in...more

Aereo: Another View

In American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc. (June 25, 2014), the Supreme Court reversed the Second Circuit’s denial of a preliminary injunction against Aereo, finding Aereo liable for direct copyright infringement...more

FTC Sends Warning Letters to Major Advertisers About Inadequate Disclosures

The FTC announced it has sent letters to over 60 major retailers, including 20 of the 100 largest advertisers in the U.S., that failed to make adequate disclosures in their television and print ads....more

Time to Step Up Your COPPA Compliance

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has made good on its promise to actively enforce the recently amended Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Here is what you should know about the latest enforcement actions...more

FAA Approves Use of Drones on Movie Sets

On Sept. 25, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved the limited use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, for film production on some movie sets. Current FAA regulations prohibit...more

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals: CDA Does Not Bar Claims for Failure to Warn - Communications Decency Act May Be Exploited by...

In reversing the dismissal of a negligent failure to warn action, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals appears to have carved out an exception to the immunity afforded to website operators under the Communications Decency Act...more

The CFPB and the Technological Revolution

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray emphasized during the CFPB’s September 11, 2014, meeting with the Consumer Advisory Board the CFPB’s new focus on protecting consumers who use mobile...more

Ninth Circuit Confirms Consultants and Other Middlemen May Be Vicariously Liable Under the TCPA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a decision in Gomez v. Campbell-Ewald Company holding that the defendant marketing consultant could be liable under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) for...more

Internet of Things reviewed by data protection regulators

The growth of the Internet of Things brought the attention of the European data protection regulators that through the European data protection advisory body, the Article 29 Working Party, issued an opinion on the Internet of...more

The Power of Smell: Scent Marketing Meets the Future of Gaming and Internet Surfing

Scent marketing is as old as a real estate agent baking cookies in a house for sale and as new as Oscar Mayer’s “bacon” alarm clock. Harnessing the primal power of smell represents a new frontier of subliminal...more

Internet of Things: European privacy recommendations

Call it a coincidence or not: exactly one week after the Apple Watch was officially introduced by Apple CEO Tim Cook on 9 September 2014, the European data protection advisory body – Article 29 Data Protection Working Party...more

Digital Marketing Minute: A Bad Review for Yelp

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced last week that Yelp – the online service through which consumers can read and write reviews about local businesses, has agreed to pay $450,000 to settle the FTC’s charges that Yelp...more

The Internet of Things and Canadian Copyright Law

Many of you have read about the dispute over copyright ownership of the monkey-selfie, where a primate took a digital photo that went viral and for which the owner of the camera tried to claim ownership. Ultimately the U.S....more

Users Choose The Rules of Reddit – Which Is Why They Need Code of Ethics Training

If you haven’t heard about it already, or maybe you are just like me and try and stay out of the celebrity gossip as much as possible, there has been a leak of several celebrities’ nude photos across the internet. Celebrities...more

EU Cookie Sweep Initiative

As part of the continued effort to protect online privacy, European Union Data Protection Authorities have swept websites and mobile apps to ensure compliance with Directive 2009/136/EC, otherwise known as the EU Cookie...more

Google Settles With FTC Over In-App Purchases Dispute

Google reached a major settlement with the FTC this month, agreeing to pay $19 million to consumers whose children made purchases through Google Play, an Android-based app store. The agency alleged that Google did not...more

Mobile Health Technologies Rake in Largest Digital Health Investments of August

The top five digital health investments in August accounted for nearly half of the venture, private equity and angel investments in the sector during the month. Five companies raised $139 million of the $286.8 million...more

Dot-com: A Health Professional's Website Is Not Just Another Website

Many physicians and other health professionals maintain a robust Internet presence, including websites and portals to provide patients with information. However, I was recently reminded of how easy it is to overlook the...more

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