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Broadband Internet Service Providers no Longer Subject to FCC Privacy Rules Preventing them from Selling Private Consumer Information

Both the House (215-205) and Senate (50-48) have voted to revoke the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) broadband privacy rules which would have forced broadband Internet Service Providers (ISPs), such as Verizon, Comcast and Charter, to obtain affirmative “opt-in” consent from consumers to use and share their personal sensitive information.  Sensitive information includes things such as … Continue Reading

First Circuit Decision Creates Ambiguity in Consumer VPPA Class Actions

The vast majority of courts confronted with “free app” cases under the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”) have dismissed those claims.  A recent First Circuit decision, however, signals a change in that trend.  http://media.ca1.uscourts.gov/pdf.opinions/15-1719P-01A.pdf The District Court Dismisses the Complaint In Yershov v. Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 7791 (1st Cir. Apr. … Continue Reading

No Port in a Storm: The United States’ Safe Harbor Is No More

Europe is on the cutting-edge of privacy protections, and has been for quite some time. The European Directive on privacy, the Data Protection Directive, was adopted in 1995 and regulates the sharing and processing of personal, private information between companies located in the United States (and elsewhere) and those located within the European Union. In … Continue Reading

FTC Creates New Office Focused on Privacy and Data Security

Earlier this week the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced the formation of the Office of Technology Research and Investigation within its Bureau of Consumer Protection. The office will succeed the Mobile Technology Unit but, unlike its predecessor, will look beyond the technology surrounding just mobile devices. As the agency’s Chief Technologist explained, the new office … Continue Reading

Privacy Advocates Critical of Federal Consumer Privacy Bill

Last month, the White House released a “discussion draft” of its proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights of 2015, and so far it has received a cool reception. The bill recognizes that “[t]here is rapid growth in the volume and variety of personal data being generated, collected, stored, and analyzed[,]” and acknowledges the need to … Continue Reading

Disclosing Data Collection Practices: Is An Opt-Out Program Enough?

Verizon Wireless announced last Friday that its customers will soon be able to opt out of the tracking identifiers Verizon uses to target ads at its customers.  These tracking identifiers, dubbed supercookies, are unique customer codes that track customer internet activities.  Verizon’s move to an opt-out system for its ad targeting is a major change … Continue Reading

Cybersecurity: It’s Not Just An “IT” Problem Anymore

Cybersecurity breaches made headlines in 2014, but how troubling is it?  Very, according to findings recently published by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC). According to PwC’s research, global cybersecurity incidents will increase by 48% next year.  Unfortunately, financial losses resulting from these breaches are also on the rise and range from “1% to 3% of a nation’s … Continue Reading
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