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New EU Rules for US Businesses Released

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The EU and US have made some important changes to the ‘safe harbor’ laws, which are now being called ‘Privacy Shield.’  In order to help businesses in the US understand the new regulations and remain in compliance with them, the ... Read More »

TCPA Consent: How To Obtain Legally

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This is PART THREE in a five part series focusing on Internet marketing, lead generation and telemarketing compliance.  The amended Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) regulations have imposed a number of obligations upon telemarketers, including additional consent, abandonment and opt-out ... Read More »

Massive Affiliate Spammer Gets Jail Time

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Phillip Fleitz, an affiliate marketer who who promoted himself as a computer security expert, was sentenced today for his hacking of computer networks to illegally collect emails and phone numbers to spam people. Judge Maurice Cohill Jr sentenced him to 27 ... Read More »

FTC Big Data Guide Released

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The FTC has just released a 33-page report that provides insights and guidance to businesses concerning how they can and should use big data.  The report recaps much of the information that the FTC gathered during a public workshop that ... Read More »

“Picking Off” TCPA Class Plaintiff Strategy Nullified by SCOTUS

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Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, U.S., No. 14-857. On January 20, 2016, the Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 opinion by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg that an individual plaintiff in a class suit may continue with his individual claims after he has rejected a ... Read More »

FTC Fines Lumosity $2 Million Shitty Brain Tests

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One of the most popular (and most marketed) online services of the past few years has been Lumosity.  This company has been running ads on television shows, Facebook, a variety of websites and much more.  They even had a popular ... Read More »

FTC Official Guidelines to Native Ads Released

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Native advertisements have become extremely popular in recent years because they can be so effective.  Unfortunately, unless done properly, they can also be quite confusing to consumers.  They appear to be normal content on the site so people reading them ... Read More »

FTC Fines App Developers for Child Violations

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The FTC has just announced that they have reached a settlement with two entertainment app developers for violations of the COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act).  The combined fines for the two companies is $360,000. LAI Systems, which is the ... Read More »

FTC Looking into Privacy Issues with Cross-Device Tracking

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The FTC recently conducted a workshop that looked into cross-device tracking and related technologies.  Specifically it focused a lot on the potential privacy concerns that are clearly present with this type of technology.  While the FTC certainly shared a lot ... Read More »

FTC Hints at New Data Compliance Rules

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Over the past year there have been a large number of major data security breaches.  Some of them against private companies like Ashley Madison, some against financial institutions and even some against government agencies like the IRS.   In addition to ... Read More »

Native Advertising Compliance – What Marketers Must Know

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This is PART TWO in a five part series focusing on Internet marketing and online lead generation compliance. The native advertising landscape is rapidly evolving with respect to publisher-advertiser relationships, as well as consumer perceptions of native ad products and ... Read More »

FBI Says to Pay Hackers Extortion?

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Ransomware is one of the fastest growing types of malware out there today.  While there are many different examples, they all work in a similar way.  Once a system is infected it will essentially be locked down for normal use ... Read More »

Internet Marketing Guru Lee McKenna Exposed as Broke Scammer

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A guy who billed himself as an internet marketing guru and genius, Lee McKenna has been sentenced to two years in prison for scamming people out of their hard-earned money. The conman was accused of running a pyramid scheme, which ... Read More »

Amazon Suing For 1100 Fake Reviews

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Amazon is continuing their ongoing effort to ensure all the reviews written on their site are authentic.  While it is impossible to eliminate all fake product reviews, it seems that they are now attempting to scare those who actually write ... Read More »

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