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Ontario Privacy Commish Sides With Opt-Out on Behavioural Online Tracking

The U.S. FTC is in the midst of considering a proposed Do-Not-Track planthat seeks to address mounting concerns about behavioural tracking of online activities for marketing purposes [the practice became apparentin one of my recent classes when we visited an online dating site to discuss the use of Google advertising only to find that dating site advertisements appeared in subsequent, unrelated browsing]. Yesterday, both Google and Mozilla announced that they would install do-not-track features on the Chrome and Firefoxbrowsers.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center, one of the leading privacy groups in the U.S., makes the case for an opt-in approach, noting that it would better protect consumer  privacy and is consistent with many other U.S. privacy statutes. It adds that:

Opt-in is more effective than opt-out because it encourages companies to explain the benefits of information sharing, and to eliminate barriers to exercising choice. Experience with opt-out has shown that companies tend to obfuscate the process of exercising choice, or that exemptions are created to make opt-outimpossible.

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January 25, 2011 5 comments News

FTC Targets Canadian-based Domain Registration Scam

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has shut down a Canadian-based domain name registration scam based out of Toronto.  Thousands of businesses received fake domain name renewal notices from the scammers.

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August 18, 2010 4 comments News

U.S. and Europe Talking Tougher on Net Neutrality

Officials in the U.S. and Europe are talking tougher on net neutrality.  FTC Chair Jon Leibowitz has said that his Commission may start enforcing net neutrality rules and take action against bad network management practices.  Meanwhile, European Commissioner Viviane Reding has told a conference that net neutrality is essential.

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May 13, 2009 1 comment News

The Electronic Commerce Protection Act – The Enforcement Prohibitions

The Electronic Commerce Protection Act will accomplish little if there is not a real commitment to enforcement.  The enforcement provisions form the bulk of anti-spam bill (my review of the prohibitions here, the effect on the do-not-call list here).  The enforcement part of the bill includes details on who does the enforcing, investigative powers, and penalties associated with anti-spam violations.  The short version is that the CRTC has been given a wide range of investigatory powers, including the power to compel ISPs to preserve transmission data.  Once it concludes its investigation, it can pursue a settlement or bring a notice of violation.  The penalties run as high as $10 million.  There are also smaller roles for the Privacy Commissioner and Competition Bureau as well as provisions to facilitate anti-spam lawsuits.

The more detailed version is:

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April 28, 2009 3 comments News

FTC Files Action Against Canadians Over “Scareware”

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has obtained an injunction blocking several groups from selling deceptive "scareware," which has allegedly resulted in lost millions for consumers.  A Canadian company and Canadian individuals are among those cited in the action, with the FTC alleging that one Canadian was the key financial player […]

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December 13, 2008 4 comments News