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Regulatory scrutiny of online hotel booking continues

The 13 July 2016 saw the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announce that it had sent a questionnaire to a large sample of hotels throughout the UK. As part of a joint monitoring project with the European Commission,...more

CSLB Announces New Online Home Improvement Salespersons Registration Process

As we reported on earlier (as in last year) the California Contractors State License Board was in the process of revamping its Home Improvement Salesperson registration process following the enactment of Senate Bill 561. I...more

Several Countries Initiate Online Immigration Processes Immigration ProcessesI

Over the past several years, we've seen more countries take their immigration processes online. Some have instituted online forms, some have automated portions of the adjudication, and some have made the entire visa...more

The FTC’s Analysis of Lord & Taylor’s Social Media Marketing Campaign

New ways of monetizing digital media has brought challenges in regulating advertising. The FTC has recently issued guidelines to provide businesses and advertisers with insights as to how to comply with the FTC Act. Despite...more

European Commission Unveils New Digital Single Market Proposals

The Commission’s proposals aim to drive cross-border e-commerce in the EU and level the regulatory field across audiovisual media services and online platforms. On 25 May 2016 the European Commission (Commission)...more

CFPB launches Spanish-language Twitter and Facebook accounts

The CFPB recently announced that it has launched official Spanish-language Twitter and Facebook accounts.  The CFPB previously launched a Spanish-language website and recently updated the translations on the “Ask CFPB”...more

CMA warns UK estate agents against colluding in online portal selection

On 21 April 2016, the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) published an open letter to estate agents in the UK stressing the importance of making independent commercial decisions and warning them against unlawful...more

Update on China’s New Restrictions on Internet Content

Apple’s iTunes and Disney’s DisneyLife websites have reportedly become early targets of China’s internet regulators who are beginning to enforce new rules restricting the publication of online content. The new rules, the...more

Social Media Defamation: the #creeper decision

A dispute between suburban neighbours escalated and spilled over into social media when one of the neighbours vented on Facebook. The Facebook posts suggested that the plaintiff was a “nutter” and a “creep” who deployed a...more

Cal PUC Issues New Rules for TNCs

At the voting meeting on April 21, the California Public Utilities Commission approved new regulations impacting the operations of Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), such as Lyft and Uber, within California. The “Phase...more

Pilot Program May Soon Help Streamline Employment-based Visa Process

On March 3, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched a pilot program called “Known Employer” to streamline the process by which employers who sponsor foreign national workers send documents and...more

When a Published Data Breach is a Covered Data Breach

Can an inadvertent Internet posting of a patient’s medical information trigger insurance coverage for liability stemming from a data-breach class action? The Fourth Circuit held last week that it can, and it added to the...more

India Relaxes Rules on Foreign Direct Investment in E-Commerce

In Press Note No. 3 released on 29 March 2016 the Government of India (Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion) announced that foreign direct investment (“FDI”) of up to 100% would be...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #9

ESRB extends deadline for recommendations on funding credit institutions - ESRB has published a Recommendation which it adopted concerning changes to the set of recommendations on the funding of credit institutions. EBA...more

Self-Publishing Platforms Deemed Distributors, Not Publishers in Privacy Suit over Unauthorized Book Cover

We live in a world that has rapidly redefined and blurred the roles of the “creator” of content, as compared to the roles of the “publisher” and “distributor” of such content. A recent case touches on some of the important...more

Beware the Scrollable Window: The Seventh Circuit Strikes Down an Internet Contract

If you’re like us—and most others, we’ll venture to guess—you’ve never read all the terms and conditions of the iTunes end-user license agreement. We doubt that it’s a scintillating read, but, regardless, most...more

The Top Three Privacy Takeaways of the New Delaware Online Privacy and Protection Act

Delaware’s New Privacy Policy Requirements - Effective January 1, 2016, Delaware became the second state in the U.S., joining California, to require operators of commercial websites that collect personally...more

Erin Andrews Jury Sends Hoteliers a $55 Million Reality Check

“Privacy law” continues to evolve in the face of ever-advancing technology. Legislative bodies, administrative agencies, courts, tech companies, and a host of other interests are working to innovate, keep pace with, or catch...more

China Imposes New Restrictions on Internet Content

Rules imposing new restrictions on the publication of online content in China came into effect on March 10, 2016. The new rules, the Online Publishing Service Administrative Rules, were jointly released by the State...more

First Circuit: CDA Bars Action Claiming Websites Facilitated Sex Trafficking - Communications Decency Act Immunizes Websites for...

In affirming the dismissal of an action seeking damages under the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit rejected "end run" arguments from the...more

China Tightens Regulation of Online Publications

On Feb. 4, 2016, China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (“SAPPRFT”) and the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology jointly released the Administrative Rules on Network...more

NLRB, Social Media and the Right to Complain

The National Labor Relations Board recently ruled that Chipotle Mexican Grill violated the law when it forced an employee to delete certain posts on his Twitter account. James Kennedy had tweeted some unflattering statements...more

Crowdfunding, Online Payments, and Charitable Fundraising

Nonprofits engaged in fundraising from the general public have been “crowdfunding” for centuries! Now, however, there is a profusion of online crowdfunding platforms of different types, each with its own benefits and...more

Erin Andrews Is Good Example of Fighting Back

A jury just awarded Erin Andrews $55 million against the man that filmed her without permission through the peephole of her hotel room and the hotel where they both stayed. The videos of a nude Andrews that were...more

Beware the Facebook Settlement Disclosure

We continue to toe the line between privacy rights and social media activity. Typically, though, it’s the employee looking to protect the privacy principle. Not this time. In the context of settlement agreements in employment...more

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