Tag Archives: Flash Cookies

Compliance Warning States OBA Principles Apply to Cross-Device and Cross-Platform Tracking

Last week, the Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability Program released a compliance warning to clarify that its Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising (OBA Principles) apply―not just to traditional HTTP cookies―but to other types of tracking technologies that enable the tracking of consumers across different platforms and devices.   The compliance warning admonished companies developing and implementing … Continue Reading

Amazon Settles “Flash Cookie” Lawsuit

On Thursday, November 15, 2012, Judge Robert S. Lasnick of the Western District of Washington dismissed Del Vecchio v. Amazon, stating that the parties had reached a settlement, the details of which were not disclosed.  The suit had alleged (among other things) that Amazon used Flash cookies to backup and “respawn” browser cookies that plaintiffs … Continue Reading

Court Dismisses CFAA, Trespass Claims Against Amazon

By Brian Ryoo The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington recently dismissed in part an online privacy lawsuit alleging that Amazon “circumvented” browser privacy controls in order to track users’ web browsing activities.  The plaintiffs in Del Vecchio v. Amazon had alleged that Amazon “exploit[ed]” browser controls in Internet Explorer by … Continue Reading

Amazon Case Dismissed; No Adequate Facts Pled To Establish Plausible Harm

The United States District Court for the Western District of Seattle recently dismissed an online privacy case involving the alleged improper use of browser and Flash cookies in Del Vecchio v. Amazon.  Finding that the plaintiff “simply not plead adequate facts to establish any plausible harm,” this opinion follows closely on the heels of several … Continue Reading

FTC Settles Flash Cookie and COPPA Claims

Online advertiser ScanScout has entered into a consent agreement with the Federal Trade Commission in connection with claims it made that consumers could opt out of receiving targeted ads by changing their computer’s web browser settings to block cookies.  According to the FTC, these claims were deceptive with respect to the use of so-called “Flash … Continue Reading

Do “Flash Cookies” Plaintiffs Have Standing to Sue in Federal Court?

As we’ve described in this recent article, the past year has witnessed a surge in privacy litigation that shows no signs of easing.   Many of these suits involve allegations that defendants have used Flash local shared objects (“Flash cookies”) for the purpose of tracking Internet users’ browsing activity. Flash cookies differ from traditional browser cookies in that … Continue Reading

Adobe Commits To Providing Users Control over “Flash Cookies”

Adobe’s Flash Player includes a local storage feature that enables websites and applications to remember consumer data, such as log-in credentials and form information.  However, media and data companies’ use of this feature, which is sometimes referred to as a “Flash cookie,” has been the subject of a number of recent lawsuits.  Specifically, plaintiffs allege … Continue Reading

Quantcast, Clearspring Agree to Settle “Flash Cookies” Suits

Just two days after the Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection announced that the agency would not tolerate an “arms race” aimed at developing technologies that subvert user choice regarding online tracking, two firms accused of employing such technologies agreed to settle lawsuits against them.  Quantcast and Clearspring–which provide web analytics and certain functionality to consumer-facing websites–were named in several … Continue Reading

The New Flash Cookie: History Sniffing

On the eve of the reported settlement of the Flash cookie litigation by Quantcast and Clearspring, Covington alum Kashmir Hill reports at Forbes about an online practice that could be the next “Flash cookie” among privacy advocates:  web history sniffing. According to the Complaint (PDF) filed last week in federal court in California, a Netherlands company called Midstream … Continue Reading
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