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About Melissa Maalouf

Melissa Maalouf

Melissa Maalouf’s practice focuses on advising a broad range of clients, from start-ups to established companies, on both U.S. and international data privacy and security issues. Melissa assists clients in drafting appropriate website disclosures, implementing legally-compliant e-commerce flows, responding to FTC Section 5 and state AG enforcement actions, analyzing advertising claims, and children’s online privacy and safety issues. She also regularly helps clients obtain certification under the EU-US Safe Harbor and navigate compliance with divergent international privacy laws.

Recent Posts

Mobile applications have changed the way we shop. Instead of trekking from store to store or researching prices in advance, consumers can simply download an app to compare competing products and retailers in real-time. Apps...

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Online analytics company ComScore has agreed to pay $14 million to settle claims that it violated federal electronic privacy laws by installing tracking software on web users’ computers without consent. In April 2013, the Northern...

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A number of EU Member States have expressed concern that the “one-stop-shop” enforcement system may strip them of their sovereignty over data protection issues that impact citizens within their Member States....

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On Tuesday, FTC Chairwoman Ramirez testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, explaining the FTC’s view that continued data breaches underscore the need for national data breach and security legislation....

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The FTC’s 2013 Top Consumer Complaint

February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

The FTC estimated that the more than 1.1 million complaints generally related to fraud resulted in consumers losing over $1.6 billion dollars. The top 11 categories of 2013 consumer complaints are summarized here....

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On November 7, the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) released its first annual Roadmap detailing the steps needed to integrate unmanned aircraft systems (more commonly known as drones) into the national airspace.  The Roadmap was required...

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FTC Releases Long-Awaited COPPA FAQs

April 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

The FTC released its revised COPPA FAQs, which companies have been eagerly awaiting since the release of the FTC’s revised COPPA Rule in December 2012. The FTC’s press release issued in connection with the revised...

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On March 15, Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor, sent a comment letter to the European Parliament expressing his opposition to a number of the amendments suggested by Parliament lawmakers to the European Commission’s...

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In a formal opinion released publicly on March 14, the EU Article 29 Working party warned businesses in the mobile industry that they must comply with EU Data Protection laws, including the Data Protection Directive and Section...

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FTC Releases Final Amendments to COPPA Rule

January 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

On December 19, 2012, the FTC released its final amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”).  With a few exceptions, the final Rules largely track the changes that the FTC proposed in its...

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