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Will Your Social Media Policy Get You Sued?

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

The National Labor Relations Board stepping up charges against employers. Social media has been a welcome advertising and marketing partner for many businesses.  It has become an important tool in how businesses recruit and attract new business and new employees.  Social media has opened up many doors, allowing companies to reach an astounding number of […]

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Paid Reviews and Testimonials: Disclose or You Will Pay

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

Some online marketers are using paid reviews and testimonials that are in violation of FTC guidelines An enforcement action against AmeriFreight shows the FTC continues to pay close attention to companies who fail to disclose when they compensate customers or visitors for testimonials and reviews. FTC guidelines state that if anyone is compensated for giving your […]

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Global Privacy Laws – Is Your Privacy Policy Up-to-Date?

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

As more and more countries adopt new Internet privacy laws, website owners are being guided and encouraged to comply with not only U.S. laws, but also those of the EU (European Union). The European Union is a union of 28-member countries that are located mainly in Europe. These countries include: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, […]

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Free Website Disclaimers

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

Free DMCA Notice Free Disclosure of Material Connection Free Email Disclaimer Free Fax Disclaimer Free Food Disclaimer Free Gym Disclaimer Free Copyright Notice Free OBA Disclosure Free Opinion Disclaimer Free Product Disclaimer Free Video Disclaimer

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How to Protect One of Your Company’s Most Important Assets During the Sale of Your Business or Bankruptcy

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

Let’s imagine a scenario. Business A operates online and collects data. It has a privacy policy that explains to users how personal information that is collected will be used. After several years of business and data collection, Business A ends up filing bankruptcy. The owners of Business A decide that selling the customer list is […]

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Website Disclaimers and a Terms of Use Make Good Partners

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

Website disclaimers can help protect you and your online business from legal liability. In simple terms, a disclaimer is a statement that denies responsibility with the intention of avoiding legal liability arising from specific acts or omissions. Website disclaimers (and other disclaimers) are drafted for businesses or individuals to avoid the liability from lawsuits by […]

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How to Enforce Your Website Terms and Conditions

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

Your Website Terms and Conditions is a Contract with Your Users and Customers Almost every website and blog owner who takes their online business seriously has a Terms and Conditions (sometimes called a Terms of Use or Terms of Service) posted on their website. These Terms and Conditions explain and display the site’s policies to […]

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Are Website Privacy Policies Required by Law?

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

Yes. And operating your website or blog without one, could subject you to fines and/or enforcement action from regulatory agencies if you do not comply with the new privacy laws. Not only are you required by law to have a website privacy policy, but you are required to have one with the specific disclosures. You […]

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How to Post Your Privacy Policy

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

Privacy Policies and the Clear and Conspicuous Rule. There still is confusion about the posting requirements for website privacy policies. The following examples should help clarify what is required to help you comply with the law. As to the present state of the law, the following applies to almost all state and federal laws about privacy […]

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Cyber Attacks – More than 30% of the top websites are at risk

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

Menlo Security published a report in March 2015 that reveals vulnerabilities in over one-third of the top 1 million websites. Why are these sites at risk? What types of sites are the most dangerous? What can you do to protect yourself and your business? The results of this study will surprise you. The Results of […]

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