Rand Issues Report on Countering Technology-Facilitated Abuse

Last year, I was fortunate enough to be invited to join ten other stellar participants that included other attorneys, prosecutors, law enforcement, academics and civil society representatives for a two-day brainstorming session sponsored by the Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice (working with RTI International and the RAND Corporation) on combating Technologically Facilitated Abuse…

Internet Traffic Kings #8-9 with Oliver Kenyon and Neil Patel

Episodes 8 and 9 for Internet Traffic Kings have dropped. Episode 8 features Oliver Kenyon who built the world’s largest affiliate community online and now runs LandingPageGuys.com. He shares his Top 5 Tips for New Marketers and uncovers his coveted internal blueprint. The ultimate checklist of conversions principles! You do NOT want to miss this…

California Privacy Rights Act

California’s Next Privacy Battle

With the regulations for the California Consumer Privacy Act (CaCPA) still yet to finalized, a new sweeping amendment is likely to be on the November ballot. Mactaggart Returns In 2017, San Francisco Bay area housing developer Alastair Mactaggart launched Californians for Consumer Privacy and qualified the CaCPA for the November 2018 ballot.  As drafted, CaCPA…

Attorney General AB5 Lawsuit Summary

Cal. AG Files Enforcement Action Against Uber and Lyft under AB-5

In 2018, the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision redefined the definition of employee v. independent contractor through an “ABC test” followed by many states.  Last September, California Governor Newsom signed AB-5 which codified the Dynamex decision and went into effect on January 1, 2020. The titans of the “Gig Economy” have fought AB-5 throughout the process and have…

Internet Traffic Kings

Internet Traffic Kings #5-6

Episodes 5 and 6 for Internet Traffic Kings have dropped. Episode 5 features industry veteran Ian Fernando.  In this episode, I discuss COVID scams. Episode 6 features Peter Day of Peter Day Marketing Agency.   Rick Bennick, President of Brand Ventures, and Brandedoffers.com a leading online brand incubator.  In this episode, I discuss the controversy surrounding…

Terms and Conditions

DC Federal Court Follows hiQ, Accessing Website in Violation of Site Terms Not Barred by CFAA

Last fall, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court ruling enjoining LinkedIn from blocking hiQ from scraping data from its site finding that hiQ’s scraping of data from LinkedIn users’ public profiles did not violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”). In Sandig v. Barr, academic researchers who intend to test whether employment websites…

FTC Announces Spike in Coronavirus Fraud, Suit Against Bogus SBA Lender

The FTC announced that its coronavirus-related fraud complaints have doubled in the last week to 7,800. The top categories of coronavirus-related fraud complaints include travel and vacation related reports about cancellations and refunds, reports about problems with online shopping, mobile texting scams, and government and business imposter scams. In fraud complaints that mentioned the coronavirus,…

AG Becerra with Mask

AG Won’t Postpone CaCPA Enforcement Date Due to COVID-19, Unfinished Regs

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CaCPA), which was signed by then-Governor Jerry Brown on September 23, 2018, contains three key dates relating to compliance and enforcement. The first is the effective date – January 1, 2020. CaCPA created a separate date for when enforcement could begin by the Attorney General which was “six months after…

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Free Webinar: Cyber Security Basics for the Work From Home Economy (4/2)

As part of the California Lawyers Association’s (CLA) Navigating COVID-19 Issues, I will be moderating a presentation entitled “Cyber Security Basics for the Work From Home Economy.”   It will be presented first as a FREE webinar Thursday, April 2nd at noon PST.  While it is free, you must first sign-up here. In addition, a video…

Vote for . . .

The candidate that might have the biggest impact on you or your community is not at the top of the ticket, but instead at the bottom – candidates for judges.  I often stress to my clients that the judicial system is part of a community’s business infrastructure and to pay attention to these races. I…