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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


State attorneys general to examine privacy
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • August 3 2012

In June, Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler was elected president of the National Association of Attorneys General (“NAAG”) and announced that his year-long presidential initiative will focus on “Privacy in the Digital Age.”


FTC requests further comment on its COPPA rule
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • August 3 2012

On August 1, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued its supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) in connection with its Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (“COPPA Rule”) review


FTC and Spokeo settle Fair Credit Reporting Act allegations
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • August 3 2012

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) settled allegations against consumer data provider Spokeo in what the agency described as its first case on the sale of Internet and social media data in the employment screening context


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


Congress passes the Restore Online Shoppers' Confidence Act
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • January 24 2011

In a move to combat allegedly deceptive online sales tactics that result in recurring charges for consumers for membership clubs until cancelled by consumers, Congress passed the "Restore Online Shoppers' Confidence Act."


Department of Commerce issues green paper concerning commercial data privacy
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • January 24 2011

The Internet Policy Task Force ("Task Force") of the Department of Commerce ("DOC") issued its green paper on commercial data privacy, entitled "Commercial Data Privacy and Innovation in the Internet Economy: A Dynamic Policy Framework" on December 16, 2010


Industry launches self-regulatory program for online behavioral advertising
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • November 19 2010

On October 4, 2010, leading marketing and advertising trade associations launched a robust self-regulatory program for online behavioral advertising


Department of Commerce issues NOI on copyright
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • November 19 2010

Since April of this year, the Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force has been examining the intersection between privacy, copyright, global free flow of information, cybersecurity, and innovation in the Internet economy by holding various symposia and public meetings on such topics and issuing a numbers of Notices of Inquiry ("NOI"