Global Consent Requirements for Online Behavioral Advertising

For this year’s virtual IAPP Global Privacy Summit, I participated in a recorded panel discussion on Global Consent Requirements for Online Behavioral Advertising, to try to provide guidance on how to comply with applicable laws and offer the right user options for running a behavioral advertising campaigns. While I remain skeptical that consent is the right paradigm for behavioral ad… Read more →

The Tyranny of the Rings

I like the Apple Watch. This surprises me, because I’ve never enjoyed wearing watches. Since I’m an old, I remember the times before the mass adoption of mobile phones when watches were necessary for telling time. Even though I had a couple of fun Swatch watches and a Canal Street Rolecks, I carried a pocket watch. This was not merely… Read more →

Expect Nothing, Get Less

Over the last few years, the personal blog as a medium has largely been supplanted by social media platforms. And as someone who is a reader more than a writer and struggles to put pen to paper, 280 characters is often enough to hold the entirety of my thoughts. And a Twitter thread works well enough for slightly longer thoughts.… Read more →

Safe Harbor in Choppy Waters

. Why a Safe Harbor? (briefly) The EU recognizes the right to privacy with respect to the processing of personal data as a fundamental right and freedom. Directive 95/46/EC. This guarantees EU citizens with the rights to their personal data, including the rights to have the collection of their personal data limited to the minimum extent required, that the data… Read more →

Concepts, shipping, and secrecy

At Vox, Matt Yglesisas posits that Apple is losing the innovation race to Google: Google wants to reinvent transportation, Apple wants to sell you fancy headphones There were two striking pieces of business news this week from America’s leading technology brands. On the one hand, Google unveiled a prototype of an autonomous car that, if it can be made to work… Read more →

Broadband Universal Service

This past weekend, I spent time with family in the beautiful Catskill mountains. On the rainy day, we all became quickly frustrated with the speed of our pokey DSL internet connection. Speed testing revealed actual speeds of 1.5 Mbps downloads and 0.4 Mbps uploads.1 In the FCC’s sixth broadband deployment report from 2010, the Commission redefined broadband as a minimum… Read more →

Google Book Search is a Fair Use

Back in 2005, I wrote that Google Print “may single-handedly keep the copyright-related blog world in business for the next few years.” Eight years later, the Southen District of New York decisively granted Google’s motion for summary judgment that the book scanning project is fair use. The Authors Guild v. Google (SDNY, Nov. 14, 2013) The book search does not… Read more →