Tag Archives: Privacy

Sex, Lies, and the First Amendment (but No Copyright): Hulk Hogan’s Leg Drop on Gawker

On Friday night, a Florida jury delivered a stunning verdict in Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker Media LLC and its sundry entities, awarding the former wrestler and movie and television personality $115 million on claims that Gawker invaded Hogan’s privacy rights, and caused emotional distress. Although Hogan demanded only $100 million in damages, the jurors … Continue Reading

Five Takeaways from the DAA’s Recent Cases Involving Interest-Based Ads

As we have previously chronicled here and here, the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) continues its sweep of interest-based advertising (IBA) through its enforcement vehicle, the Better Business Bureau’s Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability Program (OIBAAP). Two recent OIBAAP decisions involving web publisher Hollywood Reporter and programmatic advertising agency Varick Media Management provide further guidance on the … Continue Reading

New COPPA Requirements for Mobile Apps and Websites Now in Effect

On June 3, 2013, we wrote about the new COPPA requirements coming into effect starting July 1, including a variety of requirements intended to keep up with advances in technology and how children interact with mobile apps and websites.  These have now come into effect, and I’ve provided a more expanded discussion of these issues here in … Continue Reading

Instagram Federal Class Action Over User Terms Dismissed; Plaintiffs Switch to State Court

Earlier this month, Judge William Alsop of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed a proposed class action lawsuit against Instagram. The complaint alleged that certain changes to Instagram’s terms of use, announced in December of 2012 and effective January 19th, 2013, misappropriated users’ rights to their photos. The lawsuit, brought … Continue Reading

Mobile Apps and Websites Face New COPPA Requirements Starting July 1

In one month, on July 1, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission’s most recent amendments to its Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (“COPPA Rule”) will go into effect.  These changes include a variety of requirements intended to keep up with advances in technology and how children interact with mobile apps and websites.  The amendments to … Continue Reading

Leveson on Data Protection in the UK: What Do Allegations of Phone Hacking Have to Do With Data Protection?

Editor’s Note: This post is a joint submission to BakerHostetler’s  Data Privacy Monitor blog. The much-anticipated Leveson Inquiry on the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press (“Leveson Report” or “Report”) was released on November 29, 2012.  The inquiry leading to the Report was initiated as a response to ongoing reports and allegations of systemic … Continue Reading

NLRB Decision Finds Social Media Provisions Unlawful

Editor’s Note: This post is a joint submission to BakerHostetler’s Data Privacy Mointor blog. Since June 2011, the Acting General Counsel (GC) of the National Labor Relations Board has issued three reports outlining the position of his office on the applicability of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to employee policies that set rules for permissible social … Continue Reading

Cautiously, Europe Embraces Government & Enterprise Cloud Computing

Last week the European Commission’s panel on privacy, commonly known as the Article 29 Working Party, provided long-awaited clarity (in the form of an “Opinion”) on whether and how European governments and private enterprise can utilize cloud computing technology in their operations, including processing personal information and other protected data. Cloud computing is a broad … Continue Reading

Facebook Implements California Consumer Privacy Protections In Rolling Out Its New App Center

As part of the strategic rollout of its new App Center, Facebook wrote a letter (the “Letter”) [See the full letter from Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer] to California’s Attorney General Kamala D. Harris (“CA Attorney General”) agreeing to become a signatory to, and implement the privacy protections detailed under, the CA Attorney General’s Joint Statement of … Continue Reading