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Is Privacy Tourism Coming to Britain?

The United Kingdom is known for Downton Abbey, earl grey tea and libel tourism.  Yes, there have been countless lawsuits over free speech transcending continents, but as of May 2012 the British government overhauled such libel cases.

Privacy laws, however, could be the loophole. DWT’s Robert Balin, weighs his …

Advisory Alert: Negotiators Announce “EU-U.S. Privacy Shield,” Replacing Safe Harbor for EU Data Transfers to the U.S.

The European Commission announced on February 2 that the European Union and the United States had resolved months of negotiations and approved the new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, a replacement for the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework, which thousands of American companies relied upon to receive personal data from European customers …

EU High Court Invalidates U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework

As has been widely reported, the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor – probably the most commonly used method for transferring personal data to the United States – has been invalidated by an EU court.  The court’s decision has wide-ranging implications for data protection compliance for U.S. businesses and other organizations with activities …

Canada Issues First Penalties Under Anti-Spam Law

CRTC imposes over US$900,000 in fines against two companies, reminding U.S.- and foreign-based businesses about possible liability under Canada’s Anti-Spam Law

This month marks the issuance of the first two enforcement actions under Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) since provisions governing commercial electronic messages (CEMs), software downloads, and related conduct took …

U.S. Steps Up Efforts to Make “Safe Harbor Safe Again” – FTC, Justice Department Work to Keep EU Happy and Avoid Pull Back from Safe Harbor

Within the span of two days, both the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Department of Justice announced initiatives meant to assuage the European Union’s concerns over trans-Atlantic data flows and to secure Europe’s future commitment to the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor initiative.

On June 25, 2014, the FTC approved …

Only 4 Weeks Until Canada’s New Anti-Spam Rules Come into Force

Provisions Have Implications for US, Global Businesses

Starting on July 1, 2014, key provisions of Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) governing commercial electronic messages (CEMs) will go into effect, per our advisory thoroughly analyzing CASL.  The statute and its implementing rules generally prohibit sending CEMs without the recipient’s express consent, …

European Union’s Highest Court Rules Google Must Remove Links Containing Personal Data

In a significant and concerning decision, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) has endorsed the so-called “right to be forgotten” and ruled that, in some circumstances, search engines can be compelled to remove search result links to websites, news articles, court records and other documents that reveal truthful information about …

Acquisitions Don’t Nullify Prior Privacy Promises–FTC’s Letter to Facebook & WhatsApp Gives Caution to All to Honor Privacy Protections in Mergers

Social networking site Facebook announced in February its plans to acquire WhatsApp—a “rapidly growing cross-platform mobile messaging company”—for the princely sum of $19 billion. While Facebook and WhatsApp are looking forward to a bright future together, the Federal Trade Commission is keeping a watchful eye on both companies regarding the …

Google “Street View” case may be headed for SCOTUS Review

By John D. Seiver
Google held true to its promise to seek SCOTUS review of the Ninth Circuit’s interpretation of the term “radio communications” in the Wiretap Act when it filed its Petition for Certiorari last week. Google had argued in the Ninth Circuit that intercepting unencrypted Wi-Fi transmissions is …

Internet Privacy Class Actions

In today’s cyberworld, operating in online and social media can put companies in a special class. Unfortunately, that class could mean a class action lawsuit. Websites and social media provide search engines, website operators, and advertisers powerful ways to obtain and monetize data about users. Jimmy Nguyen explores how this …

FTC Data Security Consent Decree Suggests Minimum Steps Companies Must Take

The FTC recently announced a consent decree with online retailer Life is good (www.lifeisgood.com) that offers insight into what that agency may believe are the bare minimum steps companies must take when making the kind of generic we-protect-the-information-you-give-us statements found in most privacy policies. The FTC claimed Life is good …

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