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Privacy Challenges in Marketing Practices European (over)ruling of the use of personal data?

This post was written by Avv. Felix Hofer. Multinational companies planning to target EU consumers with sophisticated marketing techniques may easily find themselves on a marshy ground, if they do not deserve sufficient attention to European privacy laws. Costumer profiling, monitoring and categorizing offers essential information for crucial business decisions, but have also to comply … Continue Reading

Corporations Do Not Have Personal Information Protected Under FOIA

The Supreme Court came down this week with a watershed decision that may effect businesses small and large which collect and store customers’ personal information. Despite AT&T’s attempt to argue they are a private citizen and, therefore protected under the Freedom of Information Act, the Supreme Court ruled otherwise and clarified the FOIA only applies … Continue Reading

For Privacy, European Commission Must Be Innovative

This blog post is republished by permission of the Center for Democracy and Technology where it first appeared. This post is part of “CDT Fellows Focus,” a series that presents the views of notable experts on tech policy issues. This month, CDT Fellow Omer Tene writes about the consultation launched by the European Commission to update … Continue Reading

California Supreme Court Halts ZIP Code Collection

Reed Smith colleagues on our Global Regulatory Enforcement Law Blog discussed a recent California Supreme Court ruling that declared illegal the collection of an individual’s ZIP code when completing a credit card transaction. As a result, the ability of many retailers to generate in-store marketing leads becomes even more difficult. We encourage you to visit … Continue Reading

Privacy Remains At the Forefront

Last week saw a flurry of activity on the privacy front, likely unprecedented at least in recent history. Over the course of less than 48 hours, three different privacy bills were introduced in the House of Representatives, one by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), and two by Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-Cal.). Speier is no stranger to the privacy … Continue Reading

UK Data Privacy Development

As data privacy heats up on this side of the pond, last week the UK government announced a package of measures focused on extending the scope of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and strengthening the independence of the UK’s data protection and freedom of information regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The anticipated Freedom … Continue Reading

NTIA Green Paper Released

If you thought Washington had nothing more to say on the issue of privacy…think again.  Check out Legal Bytes‘ (our sister-blog) article on the latest report to come out of Washington — this time focusing on the release by the NTIA of its “Green Paper” (which you can download and read), Commercial Data Privacy and Innovation in the … Continue Reading

Arms’ War in Italy: Aggressive Marketers Versus Privacy Watchdog

This post was written by Avv. Felix Hofer, and first appeared in Volume V of the Gala Gazette. 1. Implementing both, EU Directive 2002/58/EC of July 12th, 2002 (Directive on privacy and electronic communications) as well as Directive 2000/31/EC of June 8th, 2000 (Directive on electronic commerce) the Italian legislator decided that unsolicited commercial communication … Continue Reading

Déjà Google

Give Google credit that when it announced its acquisition of AdMob, a leading provider of mobile advertising services and technology, in November 2009, it proactively addressed the likelihood of a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation into the transaction. Google even went as far as posting a web page that the media, regulators and other interested parties … Continue Reading

Ten Data Security Questions Faced by Every Company

This post was written by Paul Bond.  When emergencies hit, Reed Smith’s clients routinely call upon the Firm’s Privacy, Security, and Management Group. We’ve dealt with everything from lost laptops to international hacking, database thefts by employees to pharmacy dumpster diving. On the litigation side, we have defended more than sixty (60) consumer class actions … Continue Reading

Reed Smith DC Office Hosting FCBA Privacy/Data Security & Legislative Committees Meeting Tomorrow

Reed Smith will host the next brown bag lunch meeting of the Federal Communications Bar Association’s joint Privacy/Data Security and Legislative Committees. The meeting will be held tomorrow, October 13, 2009, between 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. at Reed Smith’s Washington, D.C. offices (1301 K Street, NW, Suite 1100 East Tower). The Committees will discuss … Continue Reading

Global Regulation of Behavioral Marketing Teleseminar

In response to the global needs of our clients, Reed Smith is pleased to announce the next installment of our 2009 “Doing Business Globally” teleseminar programs, a series focused on issues that companies should understand about doing business in the global marketplace. Our next teleseminar will take place Wednesday, September 30 at 12 p.m. (EDT), … Continue Reading

Age Verification Technology Enables Targeted Advertising

As regulators push website operators to adopt age verification technology to protect children from inappropriate content and social contact with adults, a new opportunity has arisen for advertisers. Nancy Willard, who calls herself an expert on Internet safety, says age verification companies are using information gained from seeking to verify children’s ages to target them … Continue Reading
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