Recent Blog Posts
November 18, 2019
Information governance (IG) is a key corporate strategy than can help companies realize the value and minimize risk from the data they generate and receive. This is evident from the guidance on antitrust compliance programs the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently promulgated. Companies with an IG program including information retention policies and education on inappropriate document destruction stand a much greater chance of obtaining relief from antitrust violations than enterprises lacking IG measures.
November 12, 2019
One might assume that the U.S. Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA) and associated FTC COPPA Rule provide actual protection over our children’s personal information when they are online. In reality, however, COPPA and the COPPA Rule merely install a minor speed bump on the well-traveled information superhighway, requiring online content providers in the United States to get a parent or guardian to check a box before marketers, data brokers and the advertising technology (“ad tech”) industry can proceed to harvest and exploit the personal data of children 12 and under.
October 9, 2019
On September 4, 2019 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that Google and its subsidiary YouTube agreed to “pay a record $170 Million to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission and the New York Attorney General that the YouTube video-sharing service illegally collected personal information from children without their parents’ consent” (the “Google-YouTube Settlement”). Specifically, the FTC and the State of New York (NYS) jointly alleged that YouTube violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule by collecting personal information from minors under the age of 13 by persistent identifiers, commonly known as cookies, to deliver targeted behavioral advertising to children on a variety of “child-directed” YouTube channels.