Behavioral Advertising

On January 16, 2014 the High Court in London rejected submissions made on behalf of Google Inc. (“Google”) that the case brought against it by three UK-based users of Apple’s Safari browser should be heard in the U.S., rather than before an English court. The decision means that the case could be heard before a court in England, although media reports suggest Google will appeal the decision.
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On November 13, 2013, Google entered into a $17 million settlement agreement with the attorneys general from 37 states and the District of Columbia related to allegations that the company bypassed users’ cookie-blocking settings on Apple’s Safari browser in 2011 and 2012. The settlement requires Google to refrain from bypassing cookie controls in the future

On October 4, 2013, The Centre for Information Policy Leadership published a report reviewing the events and discussions that took place during the 35th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Warsaw, Poland. This blog entry provides a link to the full report on the Conference.
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On September 27, 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill amending the California Online Privacy Protection Act to require website privacy notices to disclose how the site responds to “Do Not Track” signals, and whether third parties may collect personal information from consumers who use the site.
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On September 25, 2013, Senator Jay Rockefeller expanded his investigation of the data broker industry by sending letters to twelve popular health and personal finance websites requesting information about their data collection and sharing practices. Responses are due by October 11, 2013.
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On September 23 and 24, 2013, a declaration and eight resolutions were adopted by the closed session of the 35th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners. This blog entry provides an overview of the declaration and the most significant resolutions.
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On September 23, 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed “Privacy Rights for California Minors in the Digital World” into law, adding new sections concerning California residents under age 18 to the California Online Privacy Protection Act. Changes include a prohibition on online marketing or advertising of certain products to minors, and an obligation to honor requests made by minors who are registered users to remove content posted online.
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