Kurt Wimmer is a partner concentrating in privacy, data protection and technology law. He advises national and multinational companies on privacy, data security and technology issues, particularly in connection with online and mobile media, targeted advertising, and monetization strategies. Mr. Wimmer is rated in the first tier by Legal 500, designated as a national leader in Chambers USA, and is included in Best Lawyers in America in four categories. He represents companies and associations on public policy matters before the FTC, FCC, Congress and state attorneys general, as well as in privacy assessments and policies, strategic content ventures, copyright protection and strategy, content liability advice, and international matters.
As the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) turns 25 years old this week, calls are increasing for an update to bring this aging law into the age of cloud computing. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) this week joined with the Digital Due Process Coalition to call for significant revisions of the law, … Continue Reading
By Lindsey Tonsager This morning the FTC released its long anticipated proposed revisions to its rule implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). COPPA governs (1) operators of websites and online services that are directed to children under the age of 13 and (2) operators of general audience websites or online services that have … Continue Reading
The recent decision of the Swiss Federal Tribunal (EDÖB v Google, Trib. Admin. Fed.) against Google Street View has raised new and important questions for many industries, not least for other enterprises that use photography of individuals in countries subject to data protection laws based on the EU model. In the Google case, the Swiss … Continue Reading
On Saturday, I had the privilege of being interviewed live on British television by Sky News about a fascinating clash of culture and law. An English soccer star has sued anonymously to stop the English press from printing his identity. In court papers, the anonymous star athlete claimed that Imogen Thomas, a former member of … Continue Reading
The Supreme Court has issued its second decision touching on privacy issues in a short amount of time. In Snyder v. Phelps, the Court held that the First Amendment prevents legal sanction against those who protest with offensive slogans on public property within close proximity to a private event. The Westboro Baptist Church, a … Continue Reading
Here’s a five-minute overview of the five major bodies that will influence the privacy, data protection and data security areas as we start 2011. 1. The Federal Trade Commission. The FTC’s privacy efforts focus on the FTC Act’s broad prohibition against “unfair or deceptive” acts or practices. The FTC also has played a valuable role … Continue Reading