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FTC Looks to Link Do-Not-Track, Big Data Privacy Concerns; Seeks Solutions

Posted in Data Privacy Law or Regulation

Nowadays, a news story on privacy is out of place if it doesn’t mention Do-Not-Track (known as “DNT”) or Big Data. While these hot topics represent key concerns for privacy professionals, advocates and regulators, there is no clear agreement on what they mean or how to address the privacy issues they raise. In this post, we consider recent developments on these topics, including how the Federal Trade Commission has sought to focus on and connect these new issues.
DNT is in the midst of a multi-faceted identity crisis, starting with a disagreement over the definition of DNT. Self-regulatory organizations and the advertising industry assert that DNT stands for “Do Not Target,” referring to the use of consumer data for the purposes of targeted advertising. The FTC, buoyed by privacy advocates, appears to take the view that DNT means not only “Do Not Target” but also “Do Not Collect” (DNC). FTC Commissioner Brill elaborated at the 2012 IAPP Summit that she doesn’t view the current DNT efforts as entirely sufficient because the choice DNT offers does not give consumers appropriate protection against what Brill characterized as “limitless, unmitigated” data collection. But Brill does not argue for wholesale implementation of DNC, and has indicated that the details of the implementation of DNT/DNC will continue to remain a key focus for the FTC.

Privacy Hot Topics for 2012

Posted in Data Privacy Law or Regulation

As 2011 is coming to a close, many of us are thinking about what 2012 will bring. With regard to privacy, there are numerous key issues to choose from (and I am sure many privacy professionals would add to this list) – but from a corporate compliance standpoint, here are my top five picks for hot topics to address in 2012:

“Privacy by Design”: A Key Concern for VCs and Start-Ups

Posted in Privacy Law, Regulations

(co-authored by Nicole Friess, Esq.) The privacy landscape appears to be shifting toward a model that promotes greater consumer awareness of and control over data. Reflecting its consumer protection mission, the FTC’s Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change issued December 1, 2010 urges companies to adopt a "privacy by design" approach. Senators… Continue Reading

InfoLawGroup Speaks with Fox Live about Mobile Privacy

Posted in Data Privacy Law or Regulation

On May 10, 2011, the Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law held a hearing on mobile privacy. We covered the hearing in detail on our blog. Yesterday, InfoLawGroup partner Boris Segalis spoke with Fox Live’s Tracy Byrnes about the balance between business and consumer interests that mobile privacy implicates.
The clip from the interview is available on Fox at

Recent News: Smartphones & Location Privacy, NSTIC, and More . . .

Posted in Recent News

Our readers may have noticed that there is a lot in the privacy news this week. On Monday, I appeared on Live to discuss smartphones and location privacy. Yesterday, Dave appeared on Fox 31 Denver KDVR to discuss The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). And new privacy and security law stories are breaking on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis. We will continue to watch these and other rapidly evolving issues and will post new developments here.

Privacy a Key Concern (and Opportunity) for Venture Capital Firms

Posted in Behavioral Advertising, Enforcement

Venture capitalists (good ones, at least) focus heavily on changing market dynamics to help mitigate the tremendously high risk of investing in pre-seed, seed and early stage companies. As online privacy becomes an increasingly prominent concern, Internet companies and the VCs that back them should develop a solid understanding of the changing legal and regulatory… Continue Reading

FTC’s Report on Privacy Sets Forth Framework for Consumers, Businesses and Policymakers

Posted in Behavioral Advertising, Events

On December 1, 2010, the Federal Trade Commission issued a preliminary report entitled “Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change, A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers”. The report proposes a framework to balance the privacy interests of consumers with innovation that relies on consumer information to develop beneficial new products and services.

David Vladeck Previews FTC’s Report on Online Privacy

Posted in Events

Speaking this morning, David Vladeck, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, discussed some of the major points of the Commission’s upcoming report on online privacy. Mr. Vladeck said that the FTC’s report will set out strategies for reducing the daunting burden consumers currently are facing in safeguarding their online privacy.  Here are some… Continue Reading