FTC Updates COPPA Compliance Plan for Business

The Federal Trade Commission has updated its Compliance Plan guidance under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) to address: New business models. As technologies evolve, companies have new ways of collecting data, some of which may affect your obligations under COPPA. Just one example: voice-activated devices that collect personal information. If your clients change how…

Internet Privacy Back on the Agenda

On April 3,  President Trump signed legislation repealing the Federal Communications Commission privacy rules.  During their spring recess, Republican members of Congress received an earful from angry consumers. One month later, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), who introduced the repeal resolution in the House, introduced H.R. 2520 the “Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and…

DNC Donors Bring Privacy Lawsuit Against Trump Campaign Based on Alleged Collusion

The Russian 2016 election hacking story has taken a new turn.  Three victims of the Wikileaks dump of DNC files have filed a lawsuit against the Donald Trump for President campaign and campaign advisor Roger Stone who has admitted to having a “back channel” to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.  The Complaint opens up yet another…

Court Blocks California’s IMDb Age Law

Yesterday, a Washington state federal judge enjoin enforcement of California’s AB 1687, which restricted certain entertainment websites from reporting an actor’s or actresses’ birth details without their consent.  The statute attempted to reverse the decision from Hoang v. Amazon. Round 1: Hoang v. Amazon and IMDb In 2011, actress Junie Hoang sued IMDb, a wholly-owned…

House Passes Email Privacy Act

Yesterday, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 387, the Email Privacy Act which updates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to require a warrant to retrieve user communications from service providers. In 1986, Congress enacted ECPA to both protect the privacy of an individual’s electronic communications and provide the government with a lawful means for…