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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

Last week the FTC entered into two major settlements – a $22.5 million civil penalty against Google for violating a prior FTC order, and a final settlement with Facebook over charges that the company misrepresented...

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A lawyer for Twitter recently announced through a tweet that the company intends to appeal the recent decision of a New York criminal court that an Occupy Wall Street protester’s tweets are not protected by...

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On July 27, the Department of Commerce announced that the United States is a now a participant in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (“APEC”) Cross Border Privacy Rules system, and that the FTC will serve as...

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Today Congressman Ed Markey publically released the letters he received from 9 wireless carriers in response to his May inquiry regarding the carriers’ requests from law enforcement for their subscribers’ personal information.  This inquiry marks...

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In the February release of its Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights aimed at improving consumer privacy protections while preserving Internet growth, the Obama Administration requested as next steps that the NTIA convene all interested stakeholders...

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On Wednesday, May 30, the FTC held a public workshop titled “In Short: Advertising & Privacy Disclosures in a Digital World,” during which the FTC gathered interested stakeholders to discuss how advertising and privacy disclosures...

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The FTC has released a final agenda and list of panelists for its Wednesday, May 30th workshop about advertising and privacy disclosures in online and mobile media. The workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. until...

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Re-Cap on House Hearing on GPS Act

May 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

On Thursday, May 17, the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security held a hearing on H.R. 2168, the Geolocational Privacy and Surveillance Act (“GPS Act”). At the hearing, Ed Black, the President &...

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House to Hold Hearing Tomorrow on GPS Act

May 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

On Thursday, May 17, the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security will hold a hearing on H.R. 2168, the Geolocational Privacy and Surveillance Act (“GPS Act”). The GPS Act was jointly introduced in...

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On April 20, Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Sciarrino issued an Order upholding prosecutors’ ability to seek the account information and public tweets of an Occupy Wall Street protestor, Malcolm Harris, which Harris posted both before...

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