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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.

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On January 10, California Attorney General Kamala Harris issued a report entitled “Privacy on the Go:  Recommendations for the Mobile Ecosystem.”  The report consists of recommended best practices for mobile app developers and other players...

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FTC Releases Long-Awaited COPPA Amendments

December 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

At a press conference hosted by Sen. Rockefeller, FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz today announced the release of the FTC’s long-awaited final amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”).   The FTC believes the new...

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On Wednesday, 12/19/12, FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz will announce the FTC’s final amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (“COPPA”).  The FTC first released proposed amendments to the Rule in September 2011 (see ZwillGen...

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On 12/13, Reps. Ed Markey and Joe Barton held a bipartisan congressional briefing in which they questioned representatives of the data broker industry about their data collection and use practices.  In particular, the questions focused...

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On 11/15/12, a class action complaint was filed on behalf of a 16-year old child against Google, alleging that Google scans emails sent by minors for advertising purposes, which is in violation of federal and...

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On 11/7, the California Supreme Court heard oral argument on this question in a case against Apple regarding whether the CA Song Beverly Act, which restricts companies from collecting certain information from consumers during a...

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On 9/26/12, in Hard Drive Productions, Inc. v. Does 1-1,495 (2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 137719), the D.C. District court denied an emergency stay filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (“EFF”) to protect the identities of...

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Artist Arena, the operator of fan websites for celebrities Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and Selena Gomez, has agreed to settle FTC charges that it violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) by collecting...

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On 8/17/12, the North District of California granted Netflix’s motion to dismiss a class action alleging that the company violated the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”) and California Civil Code § 1799.3(a) by displaying a...

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On 8/22, the Center for Digital Democracy (“CDD”) and a group of children’s advocate groups sent a letter to the FTC seeking to supplement the record in the FTC’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) proceeding. ...

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