Battleground Europe: Tech Companies Feeling the Heat as Europe Flexes Regulatory Muscle

While the Tech Giants have benefited from the “light-touch” regulatory approach taken in the United States, European regulators are increasingly flexing their muscles in the area of taxation, antitrust, content moderation and privacy.  This is even before any potential retaliatory action taken in response to President Trump’s proposed tariffs on steel and threat of a…

Uber Enters FTC Consent Decree Over Failure to Protect Consumer Data

In 2014, press reports revealed that Uber employees improperly accessed riders’ personal information using an internal company tool called the “God View.”  To respond to the controversy, Uber posted this statement on its site:   Uber has a strict policy prohibiting all employees at every level from accessing a rider or driver’s data. The only…

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,…

FCC Launches Privacy Rulemaking

FCC Launches Privacy Rulemaking A proposal to commence rulemaking on internet service providers’ privacy  obligations was approved 3-2 by the Federal Communications Commission last week.  FCC Chairman Wheeler explained that the rules were needed because A consumer’s relationship with her ISP is very different than the one she has with a website or app. Consumers…