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The Embarq decision
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • January 16 2013

10th Circuit Clarifies No ECPA Liability for Behavioral Advertising Participant A federal appellate court in Denver recently upheld summary judgment


Orbitz pays DOT $60k for deceptive advertising
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • October 21 2011

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Transportation fined online travel agency Orbitz $60,000 for violating rules prohibiting deceptive advertising


House of Representatives passes update to Video Privacy Protection Act
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • December 21 2011

On December 6, 2011, the House of Representatives approved legislation (H.R. 2471) authored by Rep. Goodlatte that would amend the consumer consent provisions of the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”


House Intelligence Committee passes cybersecurity legislation
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • December 21 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee passed H.R. 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act on December 1, 2011, in an effort to protect the intellectual property of U.S. businesses from cyber attacks


DAA announces comprehensive principles for online collection of web data
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • December 21 2011

In November 2011, the Digital Advertising Alliance (“DAA”) released the Principles for Multi-Site Data (“Principles”


Federal Trade Commission and Congress consider children’s online privacy
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • August 2 2010

Children's online privacy has once again risen to the top of the agenda for the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC" or "Commission") and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation's Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance ("Senate Commerce Subcommittee"


Twitter settles with Federal Trade Commission in agency’s first case against a social networking service
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • August 2 2010

In June, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") settled its first case brought against a social networking service under Section 5 of the FTC Act


Office of Management and Budget changes guidance on cookie use by government agencies
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • August 2 2010

For the past ten years, the federal government, through the Office of Management and Budget's ("OMB") June 22, 2000 Memorandum on Privacy Policies and Data Collection on Federal Web Sites, effectively prohibited federal government sites from using cookies to collect data from visitors


Congress and the states consider legislation on employer access to social media accounts
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • August 3 2012

Lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives have introduced legislation (S. 3074, H.R. 5684) that would amend the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to make it a federal crime, punishable by fines, for employers to knowingly and intentionally “compel or coerce” a person to authorize access (such as by providing a password) to a computer that is not the employer’s computer, for hiring, promotion or firing purposes, and thereby to obtain information from the computer


Senate Commerce ponders self-regulation
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • August 3 2012

Under the Chairmanship of Sen. Rockefeller (D-WV), the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (the “Committee”) continues to examine issues of data privacy and consumer protection