Category Archives: Privacy & Security

10 Tips for Bringing Your Business to the Web

Starting up a business, or entering a new market channel, is never easy.  Starting a business on the World Wide Web (the web), or moving an existing “offline” business there, requires not only effort and risk, but also demands new knowledge and skills.  These tips should help reduce your risk in bringing a business to… Continue Reading

Facebook agrees to 20-Year Privacy Settlement with FTC

In a release today, the U.S. FTC announced that “Facebook has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public. The proposed settlement requires Facebook to take several steps to make… Continue Reading

Annual Legal Checkup for Web Sites and Services

With the new year, you should review your web sites and offerings to see if they need any updates on the legal side. Consider this 6 point list.  These are the most common updates I see, not a complete list.  Your business may need more. Updating the site’s copyright notice to include the new year,… Continue Reading

New Development in Location Privacy

This Washington Post article discusses a federal district court ruling last month, which apparently is the first to hold that the government must obtain a warrant based on probable cause of criminal activity before seeking location-based cell phone records. According to an update to the article, two other district court rulings previously found that the… Continue Reading

Data Scraping from Web Services

This month’s Wired magazine has a perceptive article about so-called "data scraping" or "screen scraping" practices.  It discusses the practical aspects of data scraping (such as IP address banning or blocking as a practical remedy to prevent scraping), use of cease and desist letters, and use of properly-licensed web services application programming interfaces (API’s) as… Continue Reading

Short Introduction to Several California Laws that Affect Out-of-State and Foreign Businesses

I’ve just written and added a new article to my web site, Welcome to California: A Very Short Introduction to Several California Laws that Affect Out-of-State and Foreign Businesses (MS Word file). My resources page contains other articles that I’ve written…. Continue Reading

New Book on Information Security Law

A fellow lawyer in Cupertino, Stephen Wu, has co-authored a recently published book on information security law.  The book is named Information Security: A Legal, Business and Technical Handbook, by Kimberly Kiefer, Stephen Wu, Ben Wilson, and Randy Sabett. According to the American Bar Association (ABA), the book "provides fundamental information on how to assess… Continue Reading