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Your Apps May Be Selling You Out

by Carlton Fields on

While most people are vaguely aware, even if they are in denial, that their browsers give advertisers access to their search histories, they are probably unaware that information is being sold or given to third parties via...more

Advertisers, Data Collection, and the GDPR

by Morgan Lewis on

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), EU legislation that will take effect in May 2018, will drastically change how companies can collect and use personal data about web users in Europe. Among other things, the GDPR...more

Proposed BROWSER Act Would Require ISPs and Edge Service Providers to Give Users Opt-in and Opt-out Rights for the Use and...

by WilmerHale on

On May 18, 2017, Martha Blackburn (R-TN), Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, introduced H.R. 2520, the Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equality and...more

Business Data Services Order

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On April 28, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (“Commission” or “FCC”) released a Report & Order (the “Order”) terminating a decade long examination of the market for business data services (“BDS”) by pronouncing...more

Internet Privacy – ISP Snooping and U.S. Surveillance Laws

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

It’s hard to imagine a world in which the U.S. Postal Service is permitted to peer inside our personal mail, or gather and track the address and other data we place on our mail, and then use and sell what it learns about us....more

Filling the Void in Internet Privacy: Time to Turn to the Courts (Again)

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Now that the U.S. government has overturned the FCC’s privacy regulations, are courts more likely to step in to protect the Internet privacy rights of individuals?...more

U.S. Government’s Assault on Internet Privacy – Where Do We Go From Here?

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The U.S. government’s action this week overturning the FCC’s recently passed privacy regulations and stripping the FCC’s authority to implement similar privacy regulations in the future, whether one agrees or disagrees with...more

The Clock Has Started: What ISPs Need to Do and When to Comply with the FCC’s Broadband Privacy Rules

On December 2, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) published its Report and Order entitled “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services” (the “Order”) as a final rule...more

FCC Adopts New Privacy Rules

by Carlton Fields on

On November 2, the FCC released its Report and Order adopting new privacy rules for telecommunications carriers after a 3-2 vote. After the reclassification of broadband internet access service as a telecommunications...more

Children's Privacy Online: The Interplay Between Mobile Applications and the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The activities of children on the internet, whether via computers, smart phones, or tablets, have grown exponentially in recent history. As internet access for children increased, parents began losing control of the amount...more

IP Addresses as Personal Data – Website Providers To Come Under Even More Scrutiny With EU Data Privacy Law

by Orrick - Trust Anchor on

Website providers that collect dynamic Internet Protocol addresses (“IP address”) from website visitors may soon be subject to even more scrutiny from data protection authorities in the EU. Last week, Europe’s Advocate...more

New French Act on Intelligence Services: Impacts on Technical Operators

by White & Case LLP on

The newly enacted French legislation on intelligence services ("Loi relative au renseignement") has been almost entirely approved by the French Constitutional Court and shall fully enter into force by December 2015, at the...more

FAQ - Russia’s Data Localisation Law

by Allen & Overy LLP on

What does the new law do? It introduces a requirement for personal data of Russian citizens (individuals) to be processed by data operators who collect such personal data using data centres located in the Russian...more

FTC Considers Facial Recognition Parental Consent Method Under COPPA Rule

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission announced on July 31 that it is seeking public comment on a new verifiable parental consent method application submitted by Riyo under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule. If...more

The Fingerprint File Doesn’t Have to Bring You Down: NAI Offers Advertisers Guidance on Digital Fingerprinting & Location...

Advertisers who use tools such as location data and newer non-cookie technologies to deliver interest-based advertising must carefully balance the use of those tools with consumer privacy. To achieve this balance, the Network...more

Somebody’s Watching You: What Are the Rules?

by LeClairRyan on

In 1984, Kennedy William Gordy, better known as pop artist Rockwell, released his first and ultimately biggest hit: Somebody’s Watching Me. One can only imagine how Rockwell would have felt if the Internet was in full swing...more

Technical Body Moves Closer to Do Not Track Standards

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The long running struggle to develop technical standards for the implementation of a do not track (DNT) specification is moving closer to completion. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) working group recently released a “last...more

Toward a Grand Unifying Theory of Today’s Tech Trends

As a technology law blogger and co-editor of Socially Aware, I monitor emerging developments in information technology. What’s hot in IT today? Any shortlist would have to include social media, mobile, wearable technology,...more

Digital Advertising Alliance Focuses on Mobile Ads

As more users spend more time on their mobile devices, advertising dollars are following. And the compliance regime that governs interest-based advertising (IBA) (formerly referred to as online behavioral advertising or OBA)...more

New Hampshire Establishes Privacy Protections for Student Online Personal Information

California again has provided a model of privacy legislation for other states to follow. New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan recently signed into law House Bill 520 (the “Bill”), a bipartisan effort to establish guidelines...more

Advertising Law - May 2015 #5

DAA Mobile Privacy Code Enforcement Begins In September - Get ready: September 1 marks the beginning of enforcement of the Digital Advertising Alliance’s mobile privacy code, the group recently announced. Companies will...more

Self-Regulatory Authorities Police Online Ad Industry in Another Sweep

by BakerHostetler on

Interest-based advertising (IBA), also known as behavioral advertising, creates profiles of consumers based on their online activities over time and across services, and uses them to send consumers relevant, targeted ads. To...more

FCC Enforcement Advisory: Broadband Providers Must Take Reasonable, Good Faith Steps to Protect Consumer Privacy

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau issued its first enforcement advisory in the post-Open Internet Order era. Not surprisingly, the Bureau’s first advisory addressed the consumer privacy obligations of...more

New Guidelines on Online Profiling

by DLA Piper on

The Italian Data Protection Authority (Garante per la protezione dei dati personali, the “DPA”) just issued new Guidelines on online profiling aimed at further clarifying the privacy-related obligations for internet service...more

Recent Decisions Narrow Scope of Liability under Video Privacy Protection Act

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Two significant decisions under the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) in recent weeks have provided new defenses to companies alleged to have run afoul of the statute. Bringing the long-running litigation against Hulu to a...more

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