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…

Tech and Trump: What to Expect From the New Administration (Part 1: FTC, FCC, DOJ)

Last Updated:  January 30, 2017. The meeting between President-Elect Donald Trump and the tech community was as notable for who was there and for who was not.  The meeting was attended by: Team Trump – Family POTUS-E Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner (son-in-law), Eric Trump, Donald Trump, Jr. Team Trump – Other VPOTUS-E Mike Pence,…

Got Privacy? Cali is Watching, Especially for Mobile Apps

Under the California Online Privacy Protection Act (Bus. & Prof. Code §§ 22575-22579), websites or online services collecting personally identifiable information from California consumers shall “conspicuously post its privacy policy”.  There are a number of requirements of such a policy, including that it addresses how its responds to Web browser “do not track” signals. While…

FCC Adopts ISP Privacy Rules

In pushing through new privacy rules governing ISPs, FCC Chairman Wheeler stressed It is the consumer’s information. It is not the information of the network the consumer hires to deliver that information.  The consumer has the right to make a decision about how her or his information is used. Opt-In v Opt-Out The new rules,…