Obama's Twitter account was hacked "offering his more than 150,000
followers a chance to win $500 in free gas." Twitter settled the FTC's charges "that it
deceived consumers and put their privacy at risk by failing to safeguard their
personal information, marking...
Let's see a show of hands- do you
read Terms of Service? Privacy Policies? Or Click Agreements? I routinely ask
audiences this question and rarely do I ever get any hands raised. My recent
Technology Law column in eCommerce Times entitled " Who
Reads Terms of Service, Privacy Policies or...
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
issued its second annual privacy report card with lower
grades of "C for consumer data protection efforts and a D on civil liberties."
Mark Rotenberg, executive director of EPIC said "Our bottom-line
assessment is that with respect to...
Google agreed to an unprecedented settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, where the FTC asserted that Google used deceptive tactics and violated its own privacy policies through its social network Google Buzz. Although there is no monetary penalty attached to the settlement, Google is required...
Not only was Google's roll out of
Buzz in 2010 badly received by the user community, the Federal Trade Commission
(FTC) filed a Complaint for Google's violation of its own
launched its Buzz social network through its Gmail web-based email product.
By Robert Wice
Underwriter, Beazley Group
What is the expectation of privacy in behavioral marketing? Are companies being transparent about how they are collecting your information and then selling that information? The legal questions regarding history-sniffing, deep-packet inspection, and tracking...
by Ronald Weikers, Leslie Spasser and Rebecca Conner
The laws governing data security impose varying obligations on businesses that maintain data, and courts are starting to weigh in as to the duties that exist between business customers and their vendors. This article summarizes recent legal developments...
My eCommerce Times column for
October is entitled " Shore
it. Actually it was published the same day as my blog that more
than 7.5 million children under 13 are on Facebook . Since the Federal Trade Commission...
After the US government filed
charges that Facebook violated US privacy law, Facebook finally
confessed that it failed to protect the privacy of its 800 million active
users. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) welcomes the public to submit comments
on the settlement through December 30, 2011 .
We witnessed major developments in the U.S. privacy legal landscape [in February]. Most significantly, on February 23, 2012, the White House released its long-awaited report on consumer data privacy. A week earlier, on February 16, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") released a staff...
by Stephen C. Piepgrass and Steve D. Rosenthal
The Federal Trade Commission has released a Staff Report addressing the “Internet of Things” – a phrase referring to everyday items that are able to connect to the internet and transmit data. The Internet of Things includes over 25 billion...