For the musically inclined, think of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as “theme and variations.” The principles and terminology are standard across Europe, but there are many instances where the application will vary to some extent from country to country. An example of non-standardization is the varying national age limit, from 13 … Continue Reading
On September 15, 2011 the FTC issued proposed revisions to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (the “COPPA Rule”), which imposes requirements on web sites that are directed at and/or collect personal information from children younger than 13 years old. According to the FTC, the revisions are to “ensure that the Rule continues to protect … Continue Reading
What do pharmaceutical and data mining companies have in common with the video game industry? For starters, both recently prevailed in front of the U.S. Supreme Court when they challenged state legislation on First Amendment grounds. By a 6-3 vote on June 23, 2011, the Court struck down a Vermont statute that prohibited pharmacies and … Continue Reading
On November 30, 2010, the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with EchoMetrix, Inc. with respect to charges that the company failed to adequately disclose its privacy practices. EchoMetrix sells software that allows parents to monitor their children's online activities. The FTC alleged that the company engaged in a deceptive act or practice in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act by failing to inform parents that the information the software collected about their children would be disclosed to third parties for marketing purposes.
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