• Google recently hired Suzanne Michel from the FTC, where she was Deputy Director of Policy Planning. Ms. Michel dealt mainly with patent issues at the FTC, including authoring a March 2011 report suggesting improvements to the current patent system.
  • The Hamburg Data Protection Agency has criticized Facebook’s facial recognition technology as violating German and European data protection laws. According to the agency, Facebook should delete the data, but Facebook has claimed that its technology does not violate any European or German law and has received “hardly any” complaints from users. More information may be found here.
  • Comments on the Aristotle International safe harbor program under the FTC Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) rules are due today, August 15, 2011. More information is available here.