Earlier this week, U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez gave the keynote address at a technology conference, in which she focused on the privacy challenges of so-called “big data.”
Much has been said recently in the media and elsewhere about “PRISM,” the program whereby the US government has allegedly collected information about virtually all telephone calls in the US since shortly after 9/11. However, many of these commentaries have been unreliable, confusing and imprecise.
Federal Court Finds No Reasonable Expectation of Privacy in Computer Files Shared On a Public Network
On August 1, 2013, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota denied a criminal defendant’s motion to suppress, holding that the defendant had no reasonable expectation of privacy in computer files he shared on a peer-to-peer network.
The Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) recently issued guidance explaining how its Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising and Multi-Site Data apply to certain types of data in the mobile space. The DAA’s Self-Regulatory Principles are a direct response to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) call for advertising industry self-regulation in the digital space.
As part of an on-going debate on the European data protection reform, doubts were cast over the adequacy of the Safe Harbor arrangements with the United States. Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, called the 13-year-old data-sharing agreement between the EU and the United States a potential “loophole for data transfers,” which does not provide adequate protection.
You Can Have a Say On a New Mechanism for Obtaining Verifiable Parental Consent Under the COPPA Rule
Yesterday, the FTC published a Federal Register notice requesting public comment on the first new method for obtaining verifiable parental consent submitted for FTC approval by AssertID, Inc under the Voluntary Commission Approval Process provision of the COPPA Rule.
In February of 2013, President Obama signed an executive order with the purpose of creating a cybersecurity framework (or set of voluntary standards and procedures) to encourage private companies that operate critical infrastructure to take steps to reduce their cyber risk (see our blog here).
Last month, the European Commission published a letter from the Article 29 Working Party (Art. 29 Working Party) to Juan Fernando López Aguilar, chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE).
Cyber security, data loss, hacking and schemes to steal personal information and assets electronically are all over the news daily. Companies are the primary targets of these actions since they accumulate information, store it and use it for their internal efforts, for their clients and in interacting with the world outside.
Complaint That Sale of Magazine Subscription Lists Violates Michigan’s Video Rental Privacy Law Sustained
In a case that is a good reminder of the potential reach of sometimes overlooked state legislation to national practices, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan has sustained the core of several complaints for violation of Michigan’s Video Rental Privacy Act.