PCI Compliance: Why websites and hosting service providers cannot afford to ignore it

PCI – What is it?: We can only begin to imagine the losses, liability and other consequences resulting from unauthorized access to credit card information, which, unfortunately, happens all the time. To attempt to deal with this [...]

By William S. Galkin, Esq. | July 08, 2009
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Behavioral Tracking: Anonymous and harmless - or insidiously intrusive? And…Google leads the pack

On February 12, 2009, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued: FTC Staff Report: Self-Regulatory Principles For Online Behavioral Advertising. This document contains guidelines for self-regulation, and, there are indications [...]

By William S. Galkin, Esq. | June 12, 2009
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Virtual Worlds Do Not Mean Virtual Life: Death and Digital Assets

Problem: For many of us, our online presence has become substantial. Think in terms of Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Flickr, PayPal, eBay, Gmail, Second Life … the list goes on and on, and will continue to get more complex and [...]

By William S. Galkin, Esq. | May 20, 2009
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Blockbuster Online: Threatening enforceability of online Terms of Use

Background: It was a bad idea. Blockbuster Online participated in Facebook’s Beacon program. As part of the program, when someone with a Facebook account ordered a video through Blockbuster Online, Blockbuster would transmit [...]

By William S. Galkin, Esq. | May 08, 2009
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The Amazon Tax: Coming soon to a state near you

Background: Last year, New York started requiring certain out-of-state online vendors to collect and pay New York sales tax on purchases made by New York residents. This has become known as the “Amazon tax,” because Amazon was [...]

By William S. Galkin, Esq. | April 30, 2009
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Google Adwords: Liability for using trademarks as keywords

The Battle: A battle has raged for some time against Google because it sells trademarks as keywords in its very profitable Adwords service. Businesses may purchase keywords containing the trademarks of their competitors. So, when [...]

By William S. Galkin, Esq. | April 21, 2009
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