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Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 7 - December 2014

In This Issue: - What’s in a Like? - R.I.P.: The Facebook “Like” Gate - Facebook Dislikes Fake Likes - Privacy in the Cloud: A Legal Framework for Moving Personal Data to the Cloud - Click...more

Legal Considerations for Web Based Start-Ups

Mobile Internet usage is predicted to grow faster in the next few years, making online or web based businesses great opportunities. A leading forecaster found that global mobile internet usage leapt from 14 percent to 25...more

FFIEC and CFPB Announce Updates To Web-Based HMDA Database And Tools

On September 22, the FFIEC announced an update to its online database for analyzing HMDA data and the CFPB announced updates to the agency’s corresponding HMDA tools. Originally launched in September 2013, the tool focuses on...more

The Truth About Mobile Intellectual Property Protection: Debunking Common Misconceptions

Mobile is the platform of the smart future. - As mobile device and network capabilities expand and reach broader audiences, ubiquitous network connectivity and depth of mobile data penetration will solidify the...more

Caution: Your Mobile App May Unintentionally Violate COPPA

As online activity shifts to mobile devices, regulators are watching. Last week, Yelp agreed to settle a claim with the FTC for $450,000 for its alleged violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). As...more

Week in Review

Move over World Cup. Discipline based on employee social media activities is taking center stage this week. Well, maybe the World Cup has a few more headlines, but you can follow the links below to read four articles from...more

New CA Privacy Disclosure Requirements Clarified By AG

California has a number of privacy notice requirements for businesses collecting data from California residents, including as of January 1 of this year a requirement that websites, mobile apps and online services make certain...more

Advertising Law - May 2014

Here Today, Still Here Tomorrow: FTC Settles With Snapchat - Now you see it … and now it’s still there. Mobile messaging app Snapchat went with a catchier slogan, promising consumers that pictures and videos...more

Thinking Outside the HIPAA Box

On Wednesday, May 7, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held the third of its Spring Seminars on emerging consumer privacy issues. This session focused on consumer-generated health information (CHI). CHI is data generated...more

Advertising Law - Jan 29, 2014

Shape Magazine Should “Clearly and Conspicuously” Disclose Branded Content, Says NAD - Keeping a close eye on native advertising, the National Advertising Division recently reviewed an article in Shape magazine that...more

New Law Necessitates Online Privacy Audits and Updates - What You Need to Consider Now If You Have a Website, Online Service or...

As online businesses and technologies evolve, so do the laws affecting them. On January 1, 2014, a new law amending the California Online Privacy Protection Act ("CalOPPA") went into effect. See CAL. BUS. & PROF. CODE §§...more

Are You Ready For California’s “Do Not Track” Requirements?

Over the last several months, California has passed several new privacy and data protection laws that impact operators of websites, online services and mobile applications around the country, including a law establishing an...more

Week in Review - October 24, 2013

The internet can be an invaluable work tool, providing ready access to information and resources essential to getting a job done. The internet can, however, also be a huge distraction, cutting into productivity both at and...more

Week in Review - September 27, 2013

This week, everyone seemed to have an opinion about Apple’s new iOS 7 software for iPhones – whether they loved its new features or were frustrated that it took too long for data to download. While many people were absorbed...more

Privacy Notices – It’s Back To Basics (Without The Boilerplate)

Earlier this year, I reported that the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) was participating in the first ever Internet sweep by the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN)....more

Stealth Lawyer: Chieh Huang, Social Games Developer [Video]

Aug. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Chieh Huang, co-founder of Astro Ape and director at Zynga Inc., talks with Bloomberg Law's Spencer Mazyck about his transition from practicing law at Proskauer Rose LLP to developing social mobile...more

Week in Review - July 24, 2013

As clearly evidenced by the flood of social media attention paid to the birth of the United Kingdom's royal baby this week, technology not only disseminates information faster but also makes it hard to avoid. ...more

FTC Issues Recommendations on Mobile Data Disclosures, Urges Mobile Industry To Act

Data use and sharing disclosures on mobile devices need work, the FTC said in a staff report released last week. The report recommends ways that actors in the mobile marketplace—such as mobile operating system providers,...more

Maryland AG Launches New Internet Privacy Unit, Plans Aggressive Enforcement

Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler (D) has announced that his office is launching a new Internet Privacy Unit designed to address issues related to online privacy and to ensure that companies are in compliance with...more

FTC Updates Rule for Children’s Online Privacy Protection

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission recently updated the rule for children’s online privacy protection, expanding a business’s obligations and accountability for online data collection activities....more

“Where Are They Now”: Law Law Land Edition

This time last year, Law Law Land joined the hackneyed proud tradition of legal blogs offering year-end lists of cases to watch in the coming year (though in our defense, we did try to mix it up by reviewing totally absurd...more

Are You In Compliance?

Online Privacy Policies for Websites and Mobile Apps - If your company’s website collects personal information from California residents, a California privacy protection law requires you to post a privacy policy on your...more

Updated COPPA Rule – “Strong, Stronger and Yet Stronger” or Just More Confusion?

After years of consideration and feedback the Federal Trade Commission released the final revision to the 14-year old Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule. The FTC began its review of the Rule back in April...more

"Privacy Update: FTC Strengthens Online Child Privacy Regulations"

After two years of proposals, discussions and comments, the Federal Trade Commission approved final amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (the “COPPA Rule” or “Rule”)1 on December 19, 2012. These...more

Value of Internet Domain Names in Estate Planning and Probate

Today, I saw an interesting article about the value of Internet domain names, especially as more mobile devices move to “apps” instead of Website–based services. The July 20, 2011, article was written by Austin Carr and...more

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