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Third Circuit Resurrects State Law Claims Against Google in Safari Cookie Tracking Lawsuit

Last week, the Third Circuit revived a multi-district privacy lawsuit against Google, finding that the trial court erred in dismissing the plaintiffs’ privacy claims under California state law.  The case centers around the plaintiffs’ allegations that Google violated state and federal law by circumventing the Safari browser’s default “cookie blocker” settings to track users’ online … Continue Reading

Web Standards Group Releases Candidate Recommendation As Part of Broader “Do Not Track” Review

As part of its broader effort to develop a “Do Not Track” (DNT) web browser privacy standard, the World Wide Web Consortium (“W3C”), an international organization that develops Internet standards, recently released a draft of one technical component of the standard to gather implementation experience from the developer community.… Continue Reading

UK Supreme Court Will Hear Google’s Appeal in Important Privacy Case

The UK Supreme Court has granted Google the right to appeal part of the English and Welsh Court of Appeal’s notable ruling in Google Inc. v. Vidal-Hall & Ors [2015] EWCA Civ 311. Our previous blog highlighted the facts of the case (brought by Internet users against Google’s ad-tracking practices) and the significant consequences of … Continue Reading

Top 10 U.S. Privacy Developments of 2014

By Meena Harris and Caleb Skeath Data Breaches Studies show increase.  Amidst a flurry of high-profile breaches during 2014, several studies confirmed that data breaches as a whole have risen significantly over the past few years.  The California Attorney General released a study showing a 28% increase in breaches in 2013 as compared to 2012.  … Continue Reading

Industry Grapples With Implementing “Do Not Track” Disclosures; IAB Outlines “Guiding Principles” for a Post-Cookie World

California’s recent amendments to the California Online Privacy Protection Act require certain online services to make additional disclosures about how they respond to browser-based Do Not Track signals―new obligations that went into effect on January 1.  Along with Joanne McNabb of the Office of the California Attorney General, Kurt Wimmer and I will be discussing … Continue Reading

Roundup of Recently Enacted Privacy Legislation in California; Some Measures Will Become Effective on January 1, 2014

The California legislature has enacted a flurry of privacy-related laws over the past few months.   Still more bills are pending.  This post provides a brief overview of new privacy laws enacted in California in 2013, including measures that will become effective on January 1, 2014.  For a more detailed look at some of these key … Continue Reading

World Wide Web Consortium Tracking Protection Working Group Names Two New Chairs

The World Wide Web Consortium (“W3C”) Tracking Protection Working Group (“TPWG”) on Wednesday announced the addition of two new chairs to spearhead its efforts to craft an online tracking mechanism. The new chairs, Center for Democracy and Technology Director Justin Brookman, and Adobe Systems, Inc. Carl Cargill will be joining Intel Corp.’s Matthias Schunter in … Continue Reading

Digital Advertising Alliance Leaves Do Not Track Group

The Digital Advertising Alliance (“DAA”) on Tuesday announced that it will withdraw from the World Wide Web Consortium (“W3C”) tracking protection working group (“TPWG”), saying that the TPWG has “reached the end of its useful life.” In a letter to the TPWG (full text available here), DAA Managing Director Lou Mastria explained that: “After more … Continue Reading

Bill Adding Do-Not-Track Disclosures to CalOPPA Passes California Senate

Last week the California Senate unanimously approved a bill requiring that operators of commercial websites and online services that collect personal information disclose how they respond to “do-not-track” signals from web browsers and whether they allow third parties to engage in online tracking.  The legislation, which was introduced by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, has been sponsored … Continue Reading

Do Not Track Online Act Reintroduced in Senate

By Emily Borgen Legislation was reintroduced in the Senate last week that would allow Internet users to opt out of certain forms of online tracking.  The bill [PDF] was previously introduced in 2011. The “Do-Not-Track Online Act of 2013,” introduced on February 27 by Senators Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Blumenthal (D-Conn.), would require the Federal Trade Commission … Continue Reading

FTC Issues National Do Not Call Registry Data Book for 2012

Today, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued the National Do Not Call Registry Data Book for Fiscal Year 2012.  The Registry provides a way for consumers to avoid receiving most telemarketing calls.  The Data Book, which is in its fourth year of publication, contains statistical data regarding:  consumer registrations on the Registry subscriptions of entities, … Continue Reading

Industry Do Not Track Efforts Remain Unresolved

The Worldwide Web Consortium’s Tracking Protection Working Group concluded a three-day international stakeholder meeting in Amsterdam on October 5 without reaching consensus on certain key issues concerning a global do-not-track standard.  There are reportedly three major unresolved questions:  (1) what the default setting should be—whether do not track should be turned on or off by … Continue Reading

Microsoft Announces Design of “Do Not Track” Privacy Feature for Windows 8

Yesterday, Microsoft announced that users of Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 will have a “first run” option to disable the default “Do Not Track” privacy setting.  A first run option occurs during the software set-up process.  If users take no action, the DNT setting will be enabled by default. Shortly after the Federal Trade … Continue Reading

Members of Congress Examine Impact of Media and Marketing On Children

Earlier today, members of Congress and regulators gathered for a symposium on “The Impact of Media on the Health & Well-Being of Children.”   Participants included Congressman Edward Markey (D-MA), Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Jon Leibowitz, Chairman, Federal Trade Commission, and Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission, as well as researchers … Continue Reading

Web-standards group releases draft “Do-Not-Track” mechanism

The group that develops technical standards and guidelines for the World Wide Web released a set of draft standards on Monday that are intended to allow consumers to limit and control how they are tracked online. The standards, developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (known as the “W3C”), would allow consumers to set a … Continue Reading

Bono Mack Holds Hearing About Consumer Privacy Expectations

Yesterday, the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing entitled , “Understanding Consumer Attitudes About Privacy.”  The hearing featured a single panel with a mix of industry representatives and consumer privacy advocates, including representatives from Intuit, Microsoft, the Digital Advertising Alliance, Evidon, and the World Privacy Forum.  A primary focus of the … Continue Reading

Preliminary Results Reported From Stanford “Tracking the Trackers” Study

This week, Stanford Security Lab reported preliminary results from a platform it has been developing, a chief application of which is to detect various forms of third-party tracking in an automated manner.  According to researcher Jonathan Mayer’s release, which emphasizes that these are “preliminary findings from experimental software,” Stanford’s system has detected that over half … Continue Reading

Flurry of Privacy Bills Introduced in Congress; More to Come?

In light of the number of privacy and data security-related bills currently being considered by Congress, we thought it might be helpful to provide a roundup of the legislation introduced or circulated to date: Comprehensive privacy legislation: BEST PRACTICES Act, H.R. 611 (Rep. Rush): introduced Feb. 10, 2011.  Referred to the House Subcommittee on Commerce, … Continue Reading

California Senate Again Rejects “Social Networking Privacy Act”

For the second time in a week, the California Senate has voted down “The Social Networking Privacy Act” (S.B. 242), a bill that would have required social networking services to, among other things, restrict the sharing of information by default, establish a process for new users to configure privacy settings during registration, and remove all … Continue Reading

Sen. Rockefeller Introduces Do-Not-Track Bill

On May 9, 2011, Senator John Rockefeller (D-WV), chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, introduced the Do-Not-Track Online Act of 2011.  The bill tasks the Federal Trade Commission with creating and implementing a do-not-track (“DNT”) mechanism for users who do not want to have personal information collected by providers of … Continue Reading

California “Do Not Track” Bill Would Prohibit Selling, Sharing Data

Just when the conversation about privacy legislation had shifted to the bills recently introduced by Sen. John Kerry and Rep. Cliff Stearns, California State Senator Alan Lowenthal has recaptured the headlines by amending his “Do Not Track” bill  (S.B. 761) to include a sweeping prohibition against selling, sharing or transferring consumer information.  Lowenthal’s bill would require the California attorney general … Continue Reading
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