What are we agreeing to in those terms of use?

A New York Times article on May 22nd brought into the daylight what might be hiding in those website Terms of Use that you regularly agree to. But first you should watch this South Park clip about a character that accepted Apple [...]

By William S. Galkin, Esq. | May 25, 2011
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Social Networks and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)

The NLRB, through its regional office in Buffalo, New York, issued this month a complaint against an employer in a case involving Facebook postings for possibly violating the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). This has become a [...]

By William S. Galkin, Esq. | May 25, 2011
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Bing Starts Using Deep Facebook Data

On May 15, 2011, Microsoft announced that its search engine, Bing, would start to incorporate social network information from Facebook in its formula which determines organic search results. For instance, information gathered [...]

Recent Settlement Under COPPA is Largest Penalty Ever Imposed by the FCC

The FTC has achieved a new record in its actions for violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). On May 12, 2011, the FTC announced that it entered into a settlement with Playdom, Inc., a Disney [...]

By William S. Galkin, Esq. | May 18, 2011
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TRACKING YOUR WHEREABOUTS – CONGRESS TAKES A LOOK

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By William S. Galkin, Esq. | May 17, 2011
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Protecting Children Online - Where we are and where we’re heading under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

Background: The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA) with its implementing regulations, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA Rule) (in effect since April 21, 2000), have served as the primary [...]

By William S. Galkin, Esq. | May 02, 2010
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The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth: The new FTC guidance on endorsements

Summary: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued revised Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising (Guides) which will take effect on December 1, 2009. The main purposes of the revisions are [...]

By William S. Galkin, Esq. | November 16, 2009
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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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