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Are Your Product Advertising Claims Truthful?

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

The FTC has recently gone after a company named Lornamead, Inc., for a product line they developed, which is supposed to keep lice away called Lice Shield. The line includes a 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner, a stick, a spray for hair that acts as leave in protection, and a spray for hats and […]

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New California Law on Privacy

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

California Attorney General Releases Privacy Guidelines In May 2014, Kamala Harris, California’s Attorney General, released “Making Your Privacy Policy Public.” These important guidelines were drafted to help website, blog and mobile app operators to comply with the new “Do Not Track” requirements that took effect January 1st, 2014 and the CalOPPA (California Online Privacy Protection […]

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Bankruptcy and Privacy Policies

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

We know that companies collect a lot of personal data from us. You may at times have read the privacy policy on a website or blog before deciding to use it to see if you are willing to let your personal data be used in a certain way. Likely, your business has such a privacy […]

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Legal Contracts – Things You Should Consider

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

The importance of legal contracts to any successful company cannot be overstated. Reaching a key agreement with new customers can cause a company’s stock to rise. Signing a new contract with an important vendor can form the basis of a company’s competitive advantage. Their importance manifests itself in another way; contract-related  disputes are normally the […]

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Your Website Terms and Conditions is a Contract

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

When a customer or user to your website or blog agrees to your Terms and Conditions, a legal contract has been created between you and them. Because the customer or user has “signed” the contract (Terms and Conditions) by clicking “I agree,” the courts consider the Terms and Conditions enforceable. What if there is a […]

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Lawsuits Are A Bigger Concern Than Fines

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

The argument goes like this: A potential customer thinks spending $29.95 on an attorney-drafted privacy policy is not worth it. They usually say something like: “the chances of me getting fined because my privacy policy is not up-to-date are very unlikely.” For now, this is probably true, especially if you are not a big company. […]

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Changing Your Website Policies

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

It happens every day on the Internet. A company makes a change to their privacy policy or terms and conditions agreement and continues on assuming this change will affect all its past customers. Well, it doesn’t quite work that way. Essentially these types of agreements and policies are contracts with your users and customers. If […]

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Privacy Promises Made Don’t Change

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

When one company buys or merges with another company, there’s typically a considerable amount of conversation taking place about how to blend differing procedures, products, policies and management. However, an FTC letter from the Bureau of Consumer Protection to the executives at Facebook and WhatsApp should be a strong reminder for business owners both on […]

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Your Free Privacy Policy Could Be Costly

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

Your website privacy policy is essentially a legal contract between you and your visitors and customers. You can be held legally accountable for the statements and promises contained in your privacy policy, especially if you do not live up to the promises you make. Also, there are specific disclosures required by law that need to be included […]

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The Internet’s New $2,500 Traffic Ticket

By James Chiodo, Certified Information Privacy Professional CIPP/US

California’s new 2014 laws catch website and blog owners off-guard Non-compliance with the California’s new law will subject website and blog owners to a $2,500 fine per incident, even if they live in another state. Recent changes in California law that took effect January 1, 2014 has made it required for website and blog operators […]

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