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Google Case Provides Spoliation Exception to Living Document Safeguard

Google has come under scrutiny in the last few years over collecting information from users’ email accounts to provide targeted advertising for its paid clients. ...more

Delaware Federal Court Holds No Harm From Third-Party Cookies’ Collection Of Personal Information, Dismisses Broad Consumer...

On October 9, the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware dismissed a broad, consolidated action against an Internet company alleged to have circumvented an Internet browser’s cookie blocker to collect personally...more

Update: Google Not Going Down Without a Fight

Google is seeking further review in two cases we wrote about last week on alleged Wiretap Act violations. In the Gmail case, where Google was charged with improperly reviewing subscribers’ emails, Google asked Judge Koh to...more

More Online Trouble for Service Providers?

Google is facing increased scrutiny of its data collection and use practices, which may be a warning to all Internet and online service providers. Last week, Judge Koh in San Jose held Google accountable for an alleged...more

Advertising Law -- Sep 26, 2013

Julia Child Foundation Whips Up Lawsuit Against Williams-Sonoma - Williams-Sonoma illegally used the name and likeness of the late Julia Child more than 100 times in advertising, marketing, and promotional materials...more

NJ Attorney General Settles with PulsePoint for $1 Million

Digital marketing company, PulsePoint entered into a Consent Order with the New Jersey Attorney General and agreed to pay $1 million, following an investigation of claims that PulsePoint bypassed privacy setting of Apple’s...more

The Lessons of the "Street View" Imbroglio: Know What Data You Collect and Don't Collect Data You Don't Need

The unintended capture of personal data by Google Street View has resulted in a German Data Commissioner imposing a $189,000 fine on Google this Monday. As anyone who has used Google Maps at the street view level knows,...more

Google: Better to Seek Forgiveness Than Permission?

For years, Google has been blazing trails in the technology world and along the way they have been caught in a few snares. The latest entanglement wrapped up this week as the company settled a two-year investigation led by an...more

Google Settles Another Privacy Allegation — This One Concerning Its ‘Street View’

Google recently agreed to a settlement after a three-year investigation conducted by 38 state attorneys general stemming for allegations that it had violated individuals’ privacy rights when it collected information from...more

Advertising Law -- Feb 28, 2013

In This Issue: Manatt Partner Ken Kaufman Marks Ten Years as Co-Chair of PLI's Annual Entertainment Law Conference; Manatt Partner Ivan Wasserman Invited to Speak at Engredea Conference; Starbucks, Kraft Battle Over...more

Designing for Privacy & Web Success

Originally published in Website Magazine, on January 18, 2013. It is a safe prediction for 2013 that public awareness of websites’ data privacy issues will continue to increase. In the last few years, popular websites,...more

Privacy-on-the-Go: California Attorney General and Major Mobile Application Platforms Agree to Privacy Principles for Mobile...

Application developers have been put on notice by the State of California. It is time to pay attention to user privacy and collection of information from user devices. In an effort led by the office of California...more

“Fair, Adequate and Reasonable”: Federal Judge Approves the FTC’s $22.5 Million Settlement with Google

As previously reported in this blog , Google, Inc. agreed to pay $22.5 Million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it misrepresented its data collection practices to users of Apple, Inc.’s Safari Internet browser....more

Google Privacy Violation Alleged, Leads To FTC Settlement

Google’s business model is based on delivering relevant search results and, increasingly, relevant ads to those who use its products. In order to do so, Google needs to know a user’s search history since search history and...more

FTC and Data Privacy Compliance

Patrick Kellerman from LeClairRyan responds to an article in Forbes asking if the recent $22.5 million FTC – Google settlement does more harm than good. A copy of the Forbes article is here (see article for link)....more

Shaking Up the Settlement Process: FTC Reconsiders Whether Companies Can Deny Wrongdoing While Settling Privacy Violation Claims

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently announced settlements of cases brought against Google and Facebook for alleged privacy violations. The Google settlement drew headlines for being the largest fine ever assessed...more

Recent FTC Enforcement Actions Involving Endorsements, Privacy And Security

The Federal Trade Commission announced several enforcement actions in the last year relating to endorsements, privacy and data security. These announcements provide valuable information to companies engaged in these...more

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