German Court Rules Google Privacy Policy Violates Data Protection Laws

On Tuesday, the Regional Court of Berlin ruled that Google’s privacy policy and terms of service (ToS) violate Germany’s data protection laws. The case, which was brought on by the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZBV), states that clauses within the documents are vaguely formulated and restrict the rights of…

FTC Workshop Today

Don’t forget that the Federal Trade Commission is holding a public workshop today, Tuesday, November 19, 2013, in Washington, DC, to explore consumer privacy and security issues posed by the growing connectivity of devices. You can watch the webcast here if your NOT in Washington, DC or are to busy…

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An Outsider’s Perspective on the California Personal Privacy Protection Act

A former California state senator (Steve Peace) and a retired litigator (Michael Thorsnes) are working hard to have Californians vote on their Personal Privacy Protection Act (PPPA). From what I understand, if they obtain the required number of names on their petition, it would be put to a vote in…

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FTC Native Advertising Workshop

Here’s an interesting FTC workshop for many of the digital marketers out there. The Federal Trade Commission will host a workshop on December 4, 2013 in Washington, DC to examine the practice of blending advertisements with news, entertainment, and other content in digital media, referred to as “native advertising” or “sponsored…

Federal Court: Non-Public Facebook Wall Posts Are Protected Under the Federal Stored Communications Act

The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey recently ruled that non-public Facebook wall posts are protected under the Federal Stored Communications Act (the “SCA”) Federal Court: Non-Public Facebook Wall Posts Are Protected Under the Federal Stored Communications Act -Dennis photo by: Franco Bouly

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EU Council Deals Killer Blow to Privacy Reforms

Here is another interesting article today. Now, don’t take this for complete face value. Still lots of work going on, but we’ve been hearing this a bit on and off for a bit these past few months. It’s not over till the fat lady sings. For those who were concerned…