Washington Watch: Patent Reform, Privacy and Copyright Enforcement

WASHINGTON WATCH Patent Reform, Privacy and Copyright Enforcement Congress Approves Patent Reform With Bank Bailout Provision Patent Reform legislation that would change patent approvals from a first to invent to a first to file standard and create a procedure for a post grant review process to challenge bad patents has been sent from Congress to…

TOP STORY: Facebook, Google Stir Privacy Debate, FTC Holds Fire

FACEBOOK, GOOGLE MISSTEPS FUEL PRIVACY DEBATE, WHILE FTC BACKS AWAY FROM REGULATION OF BT Facebook was back in the privacy spotlight after a recent Wall Street Journal investigation found that many of the most popular Facebook applications were sharing user profiles with other advertisers and data firms (as was MySpace but to a more limited degree),…

FTC Privacy Roundtable II

FTC Privacy Roundtable II BT Enforcement Actions in the Works The FTC’s second of three Privacy Roundtables was held on International Data Privacy Day (or January 28th to most of us) and the FTC was struggling with how to give the consumer greater control or awareness over the use of his/her data.  David Vladeck, head…

Top Stories of 2009

TOP STORIES OF 2009 ZERO HOUR APPROACHING ON  PRIVACY; NINTH CIRCUIT SHUTS DOOR TO LITIGATION MILLS & NEGATIVE OPTION CRACK DOWN Zero Hour on Privacy Throughout the year, the FTC ratcheted up the rhetoric that action was imminent if the online advertising industry did not move to provide greater privacy safeguards for behavioral targeting.  The year ended with…