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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Privacy Class Actions – It’s Still About the Damages

Posted in Class Action Litigation, Online Advertising, Privacy Litigation

 Written by Kevin McGinty In a mixed decision, a federal court judge in New York dismissed federal statutory claims arising from Web-based advertisers’ use of cookies that tracked users’ Web browsing activities, but denied a motion to dismiss claims under state law.  The plaintiff in Bose v. Interclick  alleged that Interclick and clients McDonalds, CBS, Mazda… Continue Reading

FTC Targets Mobile Application Developer for Violations of COPPA

Posted in Uncategorized

Written by Stu Eaton In the FTC’s first enforcement action involving mobile applications, W3 Innovations, LLC agreed to pay $50,000 to settle charges that it violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the FTC’s COPPA Rule by collecting and disclosing the personal information from thousands of children under the age of 13 without… Continue Reading

Is “faster” public notice of a breach really “better”?

Posted in Data Breach, Data Breach Notification

Pressure has been mounting on companies to “go public” with notice of large data breaches even quicker than they have been.   In the forensics world, “faster” is not always “better” and can put inside investigations of such incidents at risk.   Our friends at William Gallagher have posted an interesting analysis of the importance of post-breach… Continue Reading

Privacy and the Smart Grid: California Public Utilities Commission Adopts Smart Grid Data Protection Rules

Posted in Data Compliance & Security, Legislation

Written by Julia Siripurapu Recently the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in a unanimous decision approved data protection rules for the following Smart Grid providers: Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric Company, and the companies that assist them in utility operations, companies under contract with the utilities, and… Continue Reading