California Follows Vermont Lead in Establishing Data Broker Registry

In 2019, the nation’s first registry of data brokers went online after Vermont’s data broker registry went into effect.  In October, California followed suit when Governor Newsom signed AB 1202 – the Data Broker Registration Act. In enacting the bill, the legislature explained: Companies regularly and systematically collect, analyze, share, and sell the personal information…

FTC Releases Disclosure Guide for Influencers

The Federal Trade Commission has released a new publication for online influencers that lays out the agency’s rules of the road for when and how influencers must disclose sponsorships to their followers. The new guide, “Disclosures 101 for Social Media Influencers,” provides influencers with tips from FTC staff about what triggers the need for a disclosure…

Fed Court: Reasonable Suspicion Required for Search of Electronic Devices at Border

The number of electronic device searches at U.S. ports of entry has increased significantly. Last year, Customs and Border Control (CBP) conducted more than 33,000 searches, almost four times the number from just three years prior. In a recent case that gained national attention, an immigration officer at Boston Logan Airport reportedly searched an incoming Harvard freshman’s cell phone…

Freedom House: Internet Freedom Declines for 9th Year in a Row, Blames Social Media

Freedom House, an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world and publisher of the annual Freedom on the Net report, released a pessimistic 2019 report “Freedom on the Net 2019: The Crisis of Social Media“. The report found a decline in internet freedom for the ninth year in…

Privacy Debate Shifts To Washington, As Senior Silicon Valley Congresswomen Introduce Online Privacy Act

After California passed the landmark Consumer Privacy Act, tech executives began looking to Washington for a federal solution that might preempt the California law before it went into effect on January 1, 2020.  Yet only recently have we seen any concerted push for action in Washington. In September, the Internet Association, the leading Washington lobby…

Katie Hill’s Shaming Should Spur Congress to Act on Shield Act

Yesterday, Congresswoman Katie Hill (D-CA) gave her final speech in Congress as she was forced to resign after her estranged husband and political rivals published nude photographs of her and (so far) unsubstantiated allegations that she had violated House rules by having an affair with one or more Congressional staff members.¹ Hill’s resignation and farewell…

Cyber Security Tips – Falls 2019

Since October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, below are some cyber security tips we have tweeted out over the past few months covering protecting sensitive documents, protecting against hacking and ransomware and using Public WiFi spots. Use a flash drive with fingerprint protection for your most sensitive documents. https://t.co/NfblvILaQU #cybersecurity — Internet Law Center (@InternetLawCent)…

Third Circuit Extends Product Liability to Online Platforms

Generally, under product liability law, the seller, distributor or manufacturer of a defective product can be liable strictly liable for an injury from a defective product.  In Oberdorf v Amazon.com, Inc., the Third Circuit has extended this principle to online marketplaces in a landmark ruling. The Plaintiff in Oberdorft was rendered permanently blind in one eye…

Danielle Citron MacArthur Fellow

Congratulations to MacArthur Fellow Danielle Citron

For those who work in the field of representing cyber harassment victims, we have all looked to Professor Danielle Citron’s trailblazing work on Cyber Civil Rights and Hate Crimes in Cyberspace and launching the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative and other efforts to combat cyber exploitation (revenge porn). It was with no surprise but much satisfaction that we learned that…

Daily Stormer Hit With Judgment for “Troll Storming” First Female African-American Student Body President of American University

On April 30, 2017, Taylor Dumpson was inaugurated as the first female, African-American student government president at The American University (AU) in Washington, D.C. – my undergraduate alma mater.   The next day, a masked man hung “nooses with bananas inscribed with racist and derogatory messages around the AU campus.” Andrew Anglin, the publisher of the Neo-Nazi…