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Facebook Brings Suit against Developers of a Browser Extension That Harvested User Data

USA - October 3 2020 In continuing its efforts to enforce its terms and policies against developers that engage in unauthorized scraping of user data, this week Facebook…

DOJ Submits CDA Reform Proposal to Congress to Curtail Protections for Online Platforms

USA - October 1 2020 Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, 47 U.S.C. §230 (“Section 230” or the “CDA”), enacted in 1996, is generally viewed as the most…

Thoughtful Presentations of Terms of Use Crucial for Enforceability

USA - September 14 2020 Many online services feature comprehensive terms of use intended to protect their business from various types of risks. While it is often the case…

Financial Data Aggregator Faces Consumer Privacy Suit over “Surreptitious” Collection of Banking Information

USA - August 31 2020 Last week, a putative privacy-related class action was filed in California district court against financial analytics firm Envestnet, Inc…

Eclipsed by Evolving Law, Policy and Technology, Seminal Mobile Location Data Case Settled

USA - August 18 2020 This past week, the operator of the popular Weather Channel (“TWC”) mobile phone app entered into a Stipulation of Settlement with the Los Angeles…

Commerce Dept. Petitions FCC to issue rules clarifying CDA section 230

USA - July 30 2020 On July 27, 2020, the Commerce Department submitted a petition requesting the FCC initiate a rulemaking to clarify the provisions of Section 230 of…

hiQ Files Opposition Brief with Supreme Court in LinkedIn CFAA Data Scraping Dispute

USA - June 29 2020 Last week, hiQ Labs, Inc. (“hiQ”) filed its brief urging the Supreme Court to deny LinkedIn Corp.’s (“LinkedIn”) petition for a writ of certiorari in…

The Communication Decency Act and the DOJ’s Proposed Solution: No Easy Answers

USA - June 19 2020 Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (“CDA”), 47 U.S.C. §230, enacted in 1996, is often cited as the most important law supporting the…

President to Unveil Executive Order to Address CDA Section 230 Protections

USA - May 28 2020 On the afternoon of May 28, 2020, the President signed the Executive Order concerning CDA Section 230. A copy/link to the order has not yet…

President Signs Executive Order Directing Agencies to Probe the Contours of CDA Immunity

USA - May 28 2020 President Trump signed an Executive Order today attempting to curtail legal protections under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (“Section…