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Google Agrees to 20 Years Privacy Policy Oversight by FTC
Posted on 31 Mar 2011 by Peter S. Vogel

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... Read More

Tags: Buzz , eCommerce , FTC , Google

FTC Settlement - Twitter Barred for 20 Years From Misleading
Posted on 28 Jun 2010 by Peter S. Vogel

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... Read More

Tags: Twitter , eCommerce , FTC

Are Privacy Policies Being Enforced?
Posted on 17 Oct 2011 by Peter S. Vogel

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... Read More

Website Contracts - Does Anyone Care?
Posted on 3 Nov 2010 by Peter S. Vogel

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 "... Read More

Facebook Confesses Failure to Comply with Privacy Laws
Posted on 1 Dec 2011 by Peter S. Vogel

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... Read More

Peter S. Vogel: Is the Android Part of Google’s Antitrust Strategy?
Posted on 6 Oct 2015 by Peter S. Vogel

By Peter S. Vogel The NY Times reported that “regulators are looking at whether Google unfairly uses the software to promote its other dominant services.” The report entitled “ F.T.C. Is Said to Investigate Claims That Google Used... Read More

FTC Staff Report Addresses “Internet of Things”
Posted on 27 Feb 2015 by Doug Esten

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... Read More

Google settles with FTC over Google Buzz privacy violations
Posted on 31 Mar 2011 by Tami S Cunningham, JD

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... Read More

FTC Staff Report Addresses “Internet of Things”
Posted on 27 Feb 2015 by Troutman Sanders

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... Read More

Keller and Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert – 900 MHz Broadband, Drones, Net Neutrality, FirstNet, NG911, And Data Security
Posted on 8 Jul 2015 by Keller and Heckman LLP

900 MHz Reallocation | Almost a dozen parties filed comments last week in response to the FCC’s Public Notice seeking input on a supplement to the Petition for Rulemaking filed jointly by Pacific DataVision, Inc. (PDV) and the Enterprise Wireless... Read More

Obama Gets Mediocre Privacy Grades
Posted on 15 Nov 2010 by Peter S. Vogel

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... Read More

Ballard Spahr LLP Privacy Alert: White House Privacy Report And App Actions May Change Privacy Landscape
Posted on 2 Mar 2012 by Ballard Spahr LLP

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... Read More

The Expectation Of Privacy And Behavioral Marketing
Posted on 2 Sep 2011 by HB Litigation Conferences

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... Read More

Courts Starting To Weigh In On Laws Governing Data Security
Posted on 2 Sep 2011 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Community Staff

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... Read More