Feds Declare that Blogs and Social Networks are Public Meetings

For purposes of dealing with web 2.0 the White House Memo released on April 7, 2010 about social media specifically states that "interactive meeting tools-including but not limited to public conference calls, webinars, blogs, discussion boards, forums, message boards, chat sessions, social...

PRIVACY: Should the FBI Get Records about Your Internet Activity Without a Subpoena

A recent report that the White House wants the FBI to have access to an individual's Internet activity may help with investigation of terrorism or intelligence, but what about our expectation of privacy? Notwithstanding all of Mark Zuckerberg's recent comments about privacy, last winter Zuckerberg...

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...

Peter S. Vogel on the Internet Privacy Bill of Rights

By Peter S. Vogel Privacy is a hot topic for users of Facebook, Google, and other Social Media sites, so the White House has proposed the following Bill of Rights for legislative consideration: 1. INDIVIDUAL CONTROL: Consumers have a right to exercise control over what personal data companies collect...

Keller and Heckman LLP - U.S. Privacy and Data Security Developments: Impact on Retailers

The privacy and data security landscape is rapidly evolving in the U.S. and abroad. The emergence of new technologies and new media for collecting, using, and sharing personal information collected from consumers, and new thinking about privacy best practices, affects a range of businesses. Retailers...