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You may have noticed more online ads lately related to health and medical conditions—perhaps conditions that you have, or that someone in your household has. Increasingly, online ad platforms have begun selling access to targeted audiences of users with presumed or inferred medical conditions. These “audiences”— essentially, cookie pools or (if mobile) sets of device...

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The UK Parliament approved emergency legislation known as the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act of 2014 (“DRIP”) on Thursday, July 17th, making significant amendments to the existing surveillance and data retention regime in the UK. DRIP expands RIPA (Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000) to apply extraterritorially, amends the definition of covered providers, and...

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The Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) recent filing of a complaint in federal district court against Amazon.com (“Amazon”) may signal the next chapter in the evolution of its enforcement actions. Historically, most subjects of enforcement actions have opted to settle with the FTC rather than pursue litigation in federal court or an administrative proceeding. This trend,...

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In an attempt to modernize regulation of online gambling in the EU, the European Commission has formally adopted a recommendation to EU member states, urging them to legislate new consumer protections, including restrictions on the operation and advertising of gambling services. The EC’s recommendation (provisional version available here) advises member states to include the following...

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In an important decision that has the potential to stem the tide of Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”) lawsuits, a federal judge in the District of New Jersey dismissed on the pleadings a VPPA claim against Viacom on the grounds that device identifiers, cookie IDs, and IP addresses when linked to video titles are not...

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