Shaking Up the Settlement Process: FTC Reconsiders Whether Companies Can Deny Wrongdoing While Settling Privacy Violation Claims

By | Privacy Law Blog | August 24, 2012
Shaking Up the Settlement Process: FTC Reconsiders Whether Companies Can Deny Wrongdoing While Settling Privacy Violation Claims

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently announced settlements of cases brought against Google and Facebook for alleged privacy violations. The Google settlement drew headlines for being the largest fine ever assessed for the violation of a FTC consent order ($22.5 million).

California Court Denies Hulu’s Motion to Dismiss in Video Privacy Protection Act Case

By | LXBN | August 20, 2012

On August 10, 2012, a federal district court in California denied Hulu’s motion to dismiss the remaining claim in a putative class action suit alleging that the online streaming video provider transmitted users’ personal information to third parties in violation of the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”). The VPPA prohibits a “video tape service provider” from transmitting personally identifiable information of “consumers,” except in certain, limited circumstances.

Insight into the ICO: 2011-12 Annual Report Overview

Insight into the ICO: 2011-12 Annual Report Overview

With data breaches and the new cookies rules never far from the press or industry agendas, and with a new European framework on the horizon, the past year has been a busy one for the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Its Annual Report for 2011/12, along with a companion webcast, reflect this changing privacy landscape. Both offer useful insights into the ICO’s priorities for the coming year.

The Article 29 Working Party Issues Opinion On the Cookies

During its meeting in early June, the Article 29 Working Party (the “Working Party”) issued an Opinion on cookies that analyses the exemptions to the requirement for informed consent, and sets how the revised e-Privacy Directive impacts cookie usage. Article 5.3 of the amended ePrivacy Directive 2009/136/EC provides that cookies are exempt from the need to obtain informed consent when a cookie is

Article 29 Working Party Publishes Opinion On Cookie Consent Exemptions

Article 29 Working Party Publishes Opinion On Cookie Consent Exemptions

On 7 June 2012, the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party issued an opinion on cookie consent exemptions. The Directive 2009/136/EC, amending Directive 2002/58/EC, introduced an opt-in regime which requires providers to request that users grant their consent to the use of cookies, as opposed to the regime under which users are given the opportunity to opt-out.