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What is a DoubleClick Dart Cookie?

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

The DoubleClick Dart Cookie is a cookie that is used in the ads served on the websites and blogs owned by others that have AdSense showing on their site. When users or visitors land on a website showing Google ads, a cookie is dropped on the users or visitor’s browser. Google’s privacy policy governs the […]

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Website Legal Requirements for Privacy Policies, Disclaimers, and Terms and Conditions

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

The law requires that privacy policies, disclaimers, and other disclosures be displayed on your website or blog in a “clear and conspicuous” location that is obvious to visitors and customers. At first glance, the phrase “clear and conspicuous” doesn’t seem to have an exact definition. However, the general definition given by most federal and state […]

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What is the Global Privacy Enforcement Network?

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

The Federal Communications Commission FCC) announced that it has joined the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN). “We live in an interconnected world where threats to consumer privacy and data security often require the cooperation of numerous law enforcement agencies around the world,” said Travis LeBlanc, Chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau. “Every day Americans continue […]

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When Selling Business Assets Privacy Must Be Upheld

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

Many websites start out with an altruistic view of how they safeguard personal and confidential information you provide to them. Internet companies want to project an image that your information is safe, and that they will only release your information with your consent, or at the very least give you some sort of notification that […]

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California Law Pressures All Website Owners

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

California has a law on the books that is giving website and blog owners pause for thought. California Business & Professions Code Section 17538 puts a number of regulations on companies (or individuals) selling products or services on the Internet. At first glance, it appears to apply to those websites and blogs that are California […]

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Is My Business Website at Risk of Being Hacked?

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

In short, the answer is yes. Businesses large and small provide benefits to hackers when security is breached. Whether they steal your company’s money, or they get a list of customer credit card information, hackers stand to gain a lot from these attacks, and so they are not likely to stop any time soon. The […]

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Free FTC Internet Compliance Videos

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

We set up a new section of free FTC business and Internet compliance videos. We have compliance videos (with transcripts) for the following categories: Do not call for businesses that do telemarketing How to comply with the law when using endorsements You obligations if you sell business or money-making opportunities How to comply with privacy […]

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Getting Consent When Changing Your Policies

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

You must notify your visitors and customers I am sure at some point in time you have received privacy change notices in the mail or emailed to you, there is a good reason why you received them. The companies that sent you the notices are required by law to notify their customers and users when […]

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The “Big Guys” Do It – It Must Be Ok

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

A website privacy policy and terms of use (or terms and conditions) is not much different from other types of contracts business owners use in their day-to-day operations; they are legal contracts with website users and customers and enforceable in court. And in the case of a privacy policy, it is required by law to […]

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Those Pesky Disclaimers

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

They are rather short and are usually hard to see…. and there lies the problem.  By law, disclaimers need to be “clear and conspicuous” to help protect you from legal problems. A Florida pizza chain felt the bite of some NYC attorneys who said their disclaimers were too small and very hard to see on […]

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