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COPPA Violations? Cop a Settlement for $3 Million

Playdom, Inc., an online game company owned by Disney, and Playdom's CEO, Howard Marks, agreed to pay $3 million to settle charges brought by the FTC that they violated COPPA by collecting, using and disclosing the personal information of children under the age of 13 without their parents' prior, verifiable consent. The $3 million settlement is the largest civil penalty ever for a COPPA violation. … Continue Reading

Facebook Simplified Its Privacy Policy, But Has Anyone Noticed?

Facebook's new policy includes a bullet point summary of key points at the beginning of the policy followed by section headings that allow users to jump to particular areas of the policy. Complex legal terms have been replaced throughout the policy by more basic language, with hyperlinks to pages containing more detail on key terms or issues. … Continue Reading

Immunity Under the CDA Has Its Limits According to Two Recent Federal Court Decisions

Website Operator Can Be Held Liable for State Intellectual Property Violations A federal district court in New Hampshire recently ruled that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 (“CDA”) does not prevent a state law right of publicity claim against a Website operator. In Doe v. Friendfinder Network, Inc., No. 07-286, 2008 WL 803947 … Continue Reading

Immunity of Website Operators for Content of Others Limited by Ninth Circuit

Imagine a website that allows people to post comments or content anonymously, to protect their privacy. Pretty common. Now imagine that the website assists the poster through an interactive online questionnaire seeking specific categories of information. Under a new ruling of the Ninth Circuit, the anonymous poster who provides the information may escape detection and liability, while the website operator may be held responsible. This is a big change in the law of website operator immunity. … Continue Reading
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