FTC Settlement - Twitter Barred for 20 Years From Misleading

President-Elect 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...

Website Contracts - Does Anyone Care?

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...

Obama Gets Mediocre Privacy Grades

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 settles with FTC over Google Buzz privacy violations

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...

Google Agrees to 20 Years Privacy Policy Oversight by FTC

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 Privacy Policies: ...Google launched its Buzz social network through its Gmail web-based email product. Although...

The Expectation Of Privacy And Behavioral Marketing

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...

Courts Starting To Weigh In On Laws Governing Data Security

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...

Are Privacy Policies Being Enforced?

My eCommerce Times column for October is entitled " Shore Up Your Privacy Policy Before Disaster Strikes " and I encourage you to read 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...

Facebook Confesses Failure to Comply with Privacy Laws

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 . ...

Ballard Spahr LLP Privacy Alert: White House Privacy Report And App Actions May Change Privacy Landscape

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...