For those of you not familiar with COPPA, the FTC passed the act in 1998 and it is designed to help protect the personally identifiable information of Internet users under the age of 13 and gives parents control over the information companies collect online from their children. COPPA specifically applies to websites targeting children, but essentially applies to any site that a child could use that collects personally identifiable information. The FTC is concerned with children’s privacy now more than ever with the increased use of social media and smartphone apps that use features such as geolocation.
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Good news-we have opened up comments without moderation. I will still check comments, but they should post immediately.
October is looking to be really busy with a conference, a trial, and an IP course. Don’t worry – nothing will stop us from posting fresh news and analysis all of the time. As I mentioned in a previous post, we will also be one of two law firms exhibiting at ad:tech in New York.
With that, here is this week’s edition of the Five for Friday:
First, another silly lawsuit was thankfully dismissed. This one is compliments of a Washington lawyer who sued Facebook for leaving a page up for too long that advocated violence against Jews. Notwithstanding the fact that the content of the page was obviously disgusting, the Plaintiff’s complaint was that the page was left up for too long (it was taken down). I do understand where this Plaintiff is coming from. Often times, large internet companies are not responsive when the technology they unleash onto the public is utilized by those with less than pure purposes. Nevertheless, it doesn’t seem like a lawsuit would help anyone here….especially not one in which a Plaintiff was claiming 1 BILLION dollars in damages.
You can read more about the case over at the BLT.
It took a lawsuit, but Centre’s internet is finally back up and running.
As many readers are familiar with, my law firm, Centre Law Group LLC, sued Verizon Business in an attempt to finally get our internet service restored (to read the previous post, click here). I received a steady stream of e-mails on the suit from blog readers new and old alike. Most were supportive, but a couple thought this was another example of a trigger-happy lawyer. As I explained in detail in the previous post, bringing a lawsuit is not something I take lightly. As I said:
Like I always counsel my clients, a lawsuit should be a last resort – only when all other options have failed. Litigation can be difficult, costly, and even destructive. Of course, there are times when a company or person has no choice, but to ask the Courts for help. In those times, lawyers have to be fully prepared to file a suit and vindicate the rights of their clients – or themselves.
The lack of internet and lack of answers was beginning to take a toll on the firm. Firm employees were constantly shuttling between their homes and offices so they could meet clients and each other. Hours were being wasted trying to hound Verizon to come up with a solution. The breaking point was when Verizon told us they essentially had no idea: (1) why the internet was not working and (2) when it would be working again. We escalated the issue as high as we could when dealing through the maze of phone numbers, options, and departments within Verizon.
We could not go on any longer and needed to take action.
Many people have the misconception that lawyers love to file lawsuits. At least in my case, nothing can be further from the truth. Like I always counsel my clients, a lawsuit should be a last resort – only when all other options have failed. Litigation can be difficult, costly, and even destructive. Of course, there are times when a company or person has no choice, but to ask the Courts for help. In those times, lawyers have to be fully prepared to file a suit and vindicate the rights of their clients – or themselves.
This is one of those times.