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In re Nickelodeon Consumer Privacy Litigation: An IP Address is Not Always Personally Identifiable Information

What’s the Case About? In re Nickelodeon Consumer Privacy Litigation is a multi-district consolidated class action filed on behalf of children under the age of thirteen alleging that Viacom used child directed websites it...more

Google Prevails In Privacy Case Before Third Circuit - But Court’s Decision May Leave Door Open For Future Video Privacy Suits

On June 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in a precedential opinion, rejected the allegation that Google and Viacom violated the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”) and federal and state wiretapping...more

LinkedIn + Microsoft: A win for the social media eco-system

By now, it’s old news that Microsoft purchased LinkedIn for $26.2 billion dollars in cash. Tech sites, Time, and even the Moody ratings agency have been fairly critical of Microsoft massively overspending on this acquisition....more

Authenticating Purchases with Facial Recognition

Facial recognition technology has rapidly advanced in sophistication and accuracy over the years. Early use of the technology was focused on facial detection in security systems. Since 2014, the federal government has...more

Google latest defendant in biometrics case

We have been following and reporting on the Facebook and Shutterfly biometrics cases in Illinois and California. Google was recently sued by a potential class in Illinois alleging that it violated the Illinois Biometric...more

Vizio and Google Data Privacy Class Actions Illustrate Risks of Data Collection – And Defensive Value of Robust Disclosures

Two recent developments in data privacy litigation highlight the continuing challenges to companies that collect internet usage information without clearly disclosing the manner and method in which they are doing so to users....more

Website Privacy Policy Updates – Tell Them About It

You may have noticed our law firm’s website recently posted a notice announcing a change to our website’s privacy policy. You may have seen other website publishers do something similar from time to time, as well....more

Google seeks dismissal or stay of email scanning litigation

Google has recently asked a California federal court to dismiss a proposed class action alleging that the company’s practice of scanning Gmail users e-mail for marketing data violates federal and state privacy laws, primarily...more

Three Trending Topics in IoT: Privacy, Security, and Fog Computing

Cisco has estimated that there will be 50 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices connected to the Internet by the year 2020. IoT has been a buzzword over the past couple of years. However, the buzz surrounding IoT in the...more

PRIVACY POLICIES AND THE SALE OF CORPORATE ASSETS: It pays to plan ahead to preserve the value of your data assets

Personal data is a valuable corporate asset. At times, the personal information collected from customers (such as email address, mailing address, phone number, etc.) can be a company’s most valuable asset. Unfortunately,...more

Apple and The World’s Most Public Privacy Policy

It bears mentioning when one of the world’s most famous brands releases one of the world’s most prominent and readable privacy policies. That’s just what Apple did this week, and the message to other brands is clear – privacy...more

Do You Know Your IP Rights In Your Imagery and Other Data Products?

Two recent court cases highlight the need for businesses to carefully consider the intellectual property rights associated with building data products and services. This issue is of growing importance as companies...more

Use of File-Sharing Service Leads To $218,400 Fine For HIPAA Violations

Internet-based file-sharing services such as Dropbox and Google Drive can be easy and convenient to use, whether via the touch of an app on a mobile device or by opening a browser on a PC. Healthcare professionals are often...more

Should Feds Regulate Persistent Identifiers as Personal Information?

Recently, the Federal Trade Commission settled an action it had brought against Nomi Technologies, a provider of “in-store analytics” technology. The fact that the action was brought against Nomi to begin with, considering...more

YouTube Offers Owners Way to Age-Restrict Content

Earlier this year Google launched an app called YouTube Kids, which it describes as offering “popular children’s programming, plus kid-friendly content from filmmakers, teachers, and creators all around the world.” In...more

UPDATE: FTC Plans Review of YouTube Kids App

As we predicted in our post late last month, Google’s YouTube Kids app has attracted more than just the “curious little minds” Google was hoping for. Yesterday, a group of privacy and children’s rights advocates (including...more

Cross-Device Tracking: The New World

Facebook does it. Google does it. It’s everywhere in the mobile ad ecosystem. And your smartphone does it often than you know, according to a study released on Monday by Carnegie Mellon....more

Google signs UK Undertaking to Improve its Privacy Policy

On 30 January 2015, Google signed an Undertaking with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to improve and amend the Privacy Policy it adopted 1 March 2012....more

Disclosing Data Collection Practices: Is An Opt-Out Program Enough?

Verizon Wireless announced last Friday that its customers will soon be able to opt out of the tracking identifiers Verizon uses to target ads at its customers.  These tracking identifiers, dubbed supercookies, are unique...more

Status Updates - December 2014

Yik Yak arrests. For several months now we at Socially Aware have been writing about how college students have been using the purportedly anonymous messaging app Yik Yak to communicate deeply offensive remarks and threats of...more

French Consumer Association Takes on Internet Giants

Earlier this year, the French consumer association UFC-Que Choisir initiated proceedings before the Paris District Court against Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc., accusing these companies of using confusing and...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

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