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…

US Drops Appeal in MySpace Mom Case

Judge Wu set aside the verdict set aside by the trial judge explaining that creating a criminal offense out of violations of a website terms of service “makes the website owner – in essence – the party who ultimately defines the criminal conduct . . . [Which would give] too much discretion to the police and too little notice to citizens who wish to use the [Internet].” Prosecutors have now decided to withdraw their appeal and let Judge Wu’s ruling stand.