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Interactive Counsel

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In the world of social media, friends and followers are valuable. It is not always easy, however, to convey the right message in 140 characters or less. More importantly, the message being conveyed and the way that it is sent to consumers may still be monitored by not only the social media website, but also by regulators and competitors. Our practice has experience with social media marketing campaigns. We have assisted clients with creating promotions that launch through social media websites, as well as assisted social media websites with their terms and conditions. With this ever-evolving area, we are here to assist our clients by helping them to comply with the various regulations surrounding this area and, in the end, to make “friends.”

How the Cookie Crumbles: Cookie Enforcement Sweeps Begin in EU

What’s the News?

European Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) — the entities responsible for enforcing the European Union (EU) Data Directive and the EU Cookie Directive — are taking part in what is being referred to as “Cookie Sweep Day.” This “day” will actually last a week, beginning September 15, 2014 and ending on September 19, 2014.


Washington State Attorney General Addresses Consumer Protection in the Age of Crowdfunding


High Profile Data Breaches Spur Legislative Action on Cyber Security

What’s Making News?

After a spate of high-profile data security breaches, many legislators, businesses, and consumers are asking what can be done to prevent such security lapses and who should be held responsible. The increased attention to data security has led to a flurry of recent activity in state legislatures and in Washington.


Internet Search Results and Rankings Are Speech Protected by First Amendment

* The following article was originally published in Law360.


FTC Warns Cole Haan Over Pinterest Contest

What Made News?

In a recent letter, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleged that a promotional contest on Pinterest violated Section 5 of the FTC Act. Although the FTC did not take any direct enforcement action against Cole Haan, the letter forced Cole Haan to discontinue the contest and is one of the first instances in which the FTC has offered an opinion about what it takes to keep social media contests and promotions on the right side of federal advertising laws.


California State Court Decision Could Spell Trouble for Some Online Retailers

A recent state court decision in California could prove a major headache for online retailers that engage in comparative price advertising. Although the decision — People of the State of California v. — is not binding precedent and its future on appeal is far from clear, the decision suggests that retailers may be forced to adopt more rigorous internal standards when engaging in comparative price advertising.


CrossFit Legal Muscle No Match for the “CrossFit Mama”

According to a recent ruling in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, CrossFit may have violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) by submitting a DMCA takedown request to Facebook based on trademark rights instead of copyrights. The case is a reminder that there are consequences under the DMCA for companies that fail to exercise caution when policing their trademark rights and copyrights on the internet.


News Roundup: Google, Facebook, LinkedIn Grab Headlines

FTC Calls Unreasonable Security an Unfair Trade Practice

A lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Accretive Health, Inc. reminds employers to ensure they have a policy in place to manage employee use, access and control over personal data. The FTC investigation began when an Accretive employee’s laptop, storing the sensitive health information of 23,000 patients, was stolen.


New COPPA Consent Method Gives Websites Greater Flexibility

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently approved a new method for obtaining verifiable parental consent that could make it easier for companies to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule. The COPPA Rule applies to websites that are “targeted” at children under the age of 13 and websites that have “actual knowledge” that they are collecting personal information directly from users of another website or online service directed to children (covered websites).


Google Dodges a Bullet: Plaintiffs Lack Standing to Sue Over Co-Mingled Data

According to the US District Court for the Northern District of California, Google’s co-mingling of the personal identification information (PII) it collects from users across multiple product platforms does not create an injury sufficient to grant standing to sue in federal court. Merely alleging that Google profited off users’ data is not enough. Rather, plaintiffs must allege some specific economic deprivation resulting from the use of the data.


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