FTC Updates COPPA Rules

FTC Strengthens Kids’ Privacy, Gives Parents Greater Control Over Their Information By Amending Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule Rule Being Modified to Keep Up with Changing Technology The Federal Trade Commission adopted final amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule that strengthen kids’ privacy protections and give parents greater control over the personal information…

CLBR #81: Year in Review with Kashmir Hill and Marc Randazza v the PRC

HILL, RANDAZZA RETURN TO CLBR FOR YEAR END REVIEW CLBR’s year-end countdown begins with a special edition featuring the return of one of the internet’s top journalist along with one of its top newsmakers this Wednesday at 10AM PT/ 1 PM ET on WebmasterRadio.fm. Forbes’ “The Not-So Private Parts” Blogger Kashmir Hill returns to CLBR…

CLBR #79 – NAAG and Privacy and Cyber Thanksgiving

Segment 1:  Douglas Gansler, Maryland Attorney General and President of National Association of Attorney Generals Background Link Segment 2: Cyber Thanksgiving with Peter Kronowitt from Intel and Marc Danziger from Charmed Particles Background Link Misc: Thanksgiving Day in New England marks the 84th matchup between my high school LaSalle Academy against East Providence High that dates…

CLBR Segment 1: Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler

Segment 1: Douglas Gansler Maryland Attorney General President of the National Association of Attorney Generals  (NAAG) Five Key Facts: (1) Gansler is President of NAAG and has stated his intention to make online privacy his principal project during his tenure. (2) As AG, Gansler established a statewide internet safety initiative focused on school-aged children, and…

Top Story: Google Pays $22.5M to the Privacy Squad

 The Privacy Squad:  Privacy Enforcement is Here Last week, Google agreed to pay $22.5 million to settle claims it violated its FTC Consent Decree in circumventing the privacy settings of Apple’s Safari users – the largest such settlement ever.  Commissioner Leibowitz explained that the record setting penalty in this matter sends a clear message to…

CLBR Segment 1: EU Cookie Directive Goes Into Effect

GUESTS:  Robert Ellis Smith, Privacy Journal and Chris Babel, TRUSTe See EU Cookie Law Notebook for Background Robert Ellis Smith    Publisher – Privacy Journal Smith is an American attorney, author, and a publisher/journalist whose focus is mainly privacy rights. Robert began his career in journalism during high school and while attending Harvard. He was President of The Harvard…

Hulu Battles Class Action and Insurer

In 1987, President Reagan nominated Robert Bork to the Supreme Court which sparked one of the most bitter nomination battles in modern history.  During this fight, a local Washington weekly published a story creating a psychological profile of the Judge based on records from his video store.  While Bork’s nomination was defeated 42-58, there is…

Congress Watch: Crowd-Funding, Apple and GOFA

Crowd-Funding Close to Winning Congressional Approval  By a wide margin, the Senate joined the House in approving legislation that would permit companies to raise capital by crowd-funding.  The Senate CROWDFUND Act (Capital Raising Online While Deterring Fraud and Unethical Non-Disclosure Act) and the JOBS ACT (Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act) generally permit companies to raise up to $1 million…

Backlash Over Employer “Shoulder Surfing”

Senator Moves to Ban “Shoulder Surfing” Job Applicants After reports over trends that employers were requiring job applicants to provide their Facebook login or use Facebook while they watched (aka “Shoulder Surfing”), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) has indicated that he will soon offer legislation banning the practice.  Civil liberties advocates have denounced the practice an invasion…