About seven months ago, a Dutch privacy agency found that Google is violating a data protection law. Recently, however, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (an official government agency) has taken up the case, and begun the official investigation into the matter. They believe that Google is violating Dutch law by bringing personal data from a [...]
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The huge barge that Google is building at Treasure Island, just off the coast of San Francisco, has been quite a mystery over the past year or so. Most people (including myself) expected that it would be a floating datacenter, but according to recently obtained confidential budget reports, it looks like it will be more [...]
Earlier this year, the California State Senate passed an amendment to the California Online Privacy Protection Act (“CalOPPA”). Effective January 1, 2014, website operators are required to disclose through their privacy statements how they respond to Do-Not-Track signals and whether other parties may collect personally identifiable information about a consumer’s online activities over time and across different [...]
Last year, I highlighted some of the risks involved with relying upon standard industry business contracts. You can see that article here.
The designation of a particular forum for disputes is one of many critical considerations. This issue must be addressed explicitly, following an analysis that considers the totality of the circumstances.
A recent decision by the [...]
Florida Resident Yuliana Avalos, who would like us to think that she is a model, has filed a $1.5B lawsuit against Match.com claiming that her photo has been used on many Match.com profiles and similar sites without her consent. According to her anywhere from hundreds to millions of profiles have been using her photos for [...]
Out of Makati Philippines comes news that Bodog Asia has been raided, based on political pressure from Philippines “Gangster Governor” Chavit Singson. According to the warrant, this was done based on an investigation that somehow Bodog was offering gambling on a street level.
“The raiding party was 12 deep and only 4 of the group had [...]
Even though their company, “Superior Affiliate Management” went out of business partially because of this complaint, leaving tons of affiliates without being paid, the owners still have to pay the FTC a bunch of money. Wooohooo, right?
While at the time, sending over 30MM spam text messages that claimed that people were going to receive a [...]
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has put forth a proposed settlement regarding Process America. If accepted by the courts, it will resolve the ongoing allegations against the payment processor, Process America Inc. as well as the owners of the company, Kim Ricketts, Keith Phillips and Craig Rickard. The allegations state that the company used unfair [...]
Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook and Apple are five of the largest and most influential companies in the high tech industry. While they may work with each other occasionally, it is almost impossible to get them all to agree on something, but it seems the Governments around the world, and especially the US Government have managed [...]
“Standard Operating Procedure 303” of the Department of Homeland Security is more commonly known as the “Internet Kill Switch.” Homeland security says that it is in place in order to shut down wireless networks in the event of a known or suspected bomb, which may be detonated using cell connections or through the Internet. The [...]
A survey of over 1600 affiliates asking about methods, strategies, preferences and (most importantly) the impact of the Affiliate Nexus tax on their businesses. The survey was done for the annual Affiliate Summit AffStat report. The results concerning the impact of the Affiliate Nexus Tax were quite concerning. For this question, Affiliates were asked, “How [...]
Google has been battling with the European Union for about three years now over antitrust issues related to their search services. Recently, the EU moved a little closer to settling this lengthy legal case. They are taking a settlement proposal to a group of people for approval. What may sound odd to many is which [...]
Democratic Senator Ed Markey from Massachusetts has put in a request to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate Google’s recently announced ‘Shared Endorsements’ ads. These are the ads which will automatically pull information from social networks and use images and information about an individual to promote a product. If, for example, you rate a [...]