Consumer Privacy versus Data Economy Ecosystem

We all hear about privacy needing protection and we also read about the events that have led to infringements of privacy on the occurrence of data breaches.  Essentially, privacy is desired by all and many believe that it is an aspect of life that is common understanding and it is worth respect and consideration. The courts have…

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Internet Mugshot Publishing Curtailed

Internet mugshot published online haunts a person for years with embarrassment.  For many, as well, the mugshots do not bear a meaningful purpose for others throughout the Internet to know.  What remains is the ill circumstance of having future employment out of reach or present employment terminated, for the inadvertent past event. The harm lingers…

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Cyber Security Claims

Cyber security claims are seldom tempered with an entities acknowledgement of its insecurity of electronically stored information (ESI) and its handling of consumer personal identifying information (PII).  Their efforts and planning executed, though they may be diligent, cannot anticipate cyber incidents and breach incidents nor should their efforts to prevent them be overstated.  All attention…

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Internet Advertising Under FTC Eyes

Internet advertising has become intricate and keen.  Internet advertising may involve multiple participants.  The purpose is essentially to sway readers to purchase products by making representations that at times appear too good to be true.  That is what the Federal Trade Commission and the State of Connecticut determined prior to suing  LeanSpa.  The claims embraced…

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FTC Advertising Guidelines

The Federal Trade Commission under its Act, particularly Section 5, is seeking advertisers to be clearer about how they convey their ads.  Advertising disclosures required by the Federal Trade Commission are addressing numerous issues about enhancing disclosures of sources of the statements and claims made in an advertisement.  As creativity increases so will the efforts for the…

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Internet Speech Immunity

Internet speech immunity exceptions are sought frequently by individuals and businesses who are affected by someone else’s comments about them via an online site.  Online sites are today’s marketplace of ideas to enhance the “competition of the market.”[1]  And so, the claim usually asserted is a defamation claim directed to the website from where the…

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Website Crawling and Data Scraping Thoughts

Website crawling and data scraping have burdened the growth of e-commerce as website owners are witnessing their data scraped.  The legal questions have lingered.  Many questions stand out.  The prevalence of crawling and scraping has become too of the norm for those using web content for business, research, or marketing purposes. The common theme is…

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Advertising Disclosures

Advertising disclosures required by the Federal Trade Commission are addressing numerous issues with regard enhancing disclosures of sources of the statements being made in an advertisement.  As creativity increases so will the efforts for the FTC to find aspects, not to their liking.  As the FTC pursues companies using native advertisers or influencer programs, restrictions will…

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Defamation Online Issues

Defamation online in reviews posted by readers and comments stated in social media platforms throughout the United States and across its borders, raise legal questions. The aspects of posts in general also raise the issues of responsibility an individual has in controlling the content of one’s Facebook page or blog.  The Communication Decency Act, Section…

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Free Speech and Purpose Driven Ads

Free speech has come a long way through hurdles and bumps as a result of the Internet.  Many postings are challenged as well are ads online. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals had to struggle with such an issue in a case that arose from a municipal ad.[1] Judge Posner in his analysis of the…

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Trademark Nominative Fair Use and Confusion

Trademark use and the element of fair use in business snags many businesses trying to market their service or product, while seemingly using a competitor’s trademark. Liability may not be avoided by relying on the fair use defense.  Words and their message are usually held to a standard regarding the possibility of consumer confusion.  There…

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