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Largest COPPA Penalty Ever – NY AG Settles with Oath (Formerly AOL)

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On December 4, 2018, New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood announced a $4.95 million settlement with Oath, Inc. (formerly known as AOL), for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). This is the largest penalty in a COPPA enforcement case in U.S. history.

FTC Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century

I’ll be speaking at the FTC Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century on a panel about consumer data on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 3:15 PM. UPDATE: You can see video of my panel at that hearing here.  Here’s a transcript. My panel information is here: The Regulation of Consumer Data Participants: […]

Cartoon: California Consumer Privacy Act

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The privacy world has been abuzz with the passage of the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018.  In June 2018, within just a week, California passed this strict new privacy law.  Some commentators have compared it to the GDPR, but it is a much more narrow law and is a far cry from the GDPR.  […]

California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 Resource Page

In the period of just a week, California passed a bold new privacy law – the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) of 2018. By January 1, 2020, companies around the world will have to comply with additional regulations related to the processing of personal data of California residents. My California Consumer Privacy Act Resources page […]

California Privacy Law for the World: An Interview with Lothar Determann

For the first half of 2018, all eyes were focused eastward on the EU with the start of GDPR enforcement this May. Now, all eyes are shifting westward based on a bold new law passed by California. By January 1, 2020, companies around the world will have to comply with additional regulations related to the […]

The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018

California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018

In the period of just a week, California passed a bold new privacy law — the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018.  This law was hurried through the legislative process to avoid a proposed ballot initiative with the same name.  The ballot initiative was the creation of Alastair Mactaggart, a real estate developer who spent […]

Will the FTC Remain a Leader on Privacy and Security?

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In an unprecedented transition, the FTC just got a full slate of 5 new commissioners, three Republicans and two Democrats: Joe Simons (Chairman) – R Noah Phillips – R Christine Wilson – R Rohit Chopra – D Rebecca Slaughter – D It is difficult to predict how the FTC will approach privacy.  The new commissioners […]

The Cambridge Handbook of Consumer Privacy

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Evan Seligner, Jules Polonetsky, and Omer Tene have just published a terrific edited volume of essays called The Cambridge Handbook of Consumer Privacy.  This is a truly impressive collection of writings by a wide array of authors from academia and practice. There’s a robust diversity of viewpoints on wide-ranging and cutting-edge issues.  The book has […]