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Don’t Lose Your DMCA Safe Harbor Protection!

The U.S. Copyright Office’s new electronic system for copyright-agent registration and maintenance goes into effect on December 1, 2016, and with it comes new rules. Beginning December 1, all online service providers must submit new designated-agent information to the Copyright Office through the online registration system. Electronic designations should be filed on December 1, 2016, … Continue Reading

LinkedIn Has Beef With Data Scraping Bots

Linkedin has filed a lawsuit to prevent unauthorized use of “bots” that register fake profiles on the social network and steal data about actual users. According to the suit, these acts constitute a breach of Linkedin’s terms of  use and violate federal computer fraud law. LinkedIn alleges that the use of the bots violates the agreement … Continue Reading

Redbox Collection of ZIP Codes Does Not Violate Song-Beverly Privacy Rights

Redbox Automated Retail, LLC (“Redbox”), provider of the popular self-service kiosks that rent movies and video games in airports and other locations, received confirmation last month from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that it can continue requiring customers to provide their ZIP codes to rent discs without violating California’s Song-Beverly Credit Card Act.  Sinibaldi … Continue Reading

The FTC Continues Its Focus on the Mobile Arena

The Federal Trade Commission has recently focused its consumer protection efforts on the mobile arena, and particularly video game companies operating in that arena. Early last year, the FTC issued several staff reports related to mobile commerce and gaming.  The reports (1) examined the use of mobile payments (see “Paper, Plastic… or Mobile?  An FTC … Continue Reading

Briefing note on the OFT’s Principles for online and app-based games

Recent updates to consumer protection regulations may change the way web and mobile applications are monetized in the United Kingdom.  Developers, particularly those developing promotional or paid-for content directed toward children, may want to know about how UK regulators are ensuring content is transparent, accurate, and fair to consumers. We are pleased to share an … Continue Reading

Kid Gamers: Safe Harbors for Video Game Providers

As online social gaming becomes more pervasive in the lives of children today, it is vital for video game providers to understand and comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (“COPPA Rule”).[1]  The COPPA Rule applies to websites or online services directed to children under 13 years of age, and to operators of … Continue Reading

California AG to Begin Enforcing Privacy Law Against App Developers – $2500-per-Download Fines

Mobile app developers must now conspicuously post and follow privacy policies just like websites and other commercial online services according to California Attorney General Kamala Harris. On October 30, the Attorney General’s office began sending warning letters to app developers notifying them that they had 30 days to comply. Time is now up. And the consequences are … Continue Reading

Social Games and PRIVACY POLICY PANDEMONIUM

I’ve spent the better part of the last few months acquainting myself with the intersection between privacy and social games. Things can be a bit complicated.[1] The goal of this article will be to explain the current state of affairs and suggest some options to consider when drafting a privacy policy that touches on social games.  … Continue Reading
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