After an extensive review process that began in 2010, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) adopted final amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA).  The amended COPPA will go into effect on July 1, 2013. In short, the amendments strengthen online privacy protection for children under 13 years of age, while giving parents an…

Earlier this week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued orders requiring nine separate data brokerage companies to provide the FTC with information about how they collect, use, share and sell consumer data.  The FTC has stated that it will use the information gathered from these nine brokerage companies to study privacy practices in the data…

The New Jersey Assembly just passed an online gaming bill that would allow Atlantic City casinos to offer online casino games, not just online poker, to be played for money in the State of New Jersey.  The bill passed with a 48-24 vote count, with 4 abstentions. While this bill passed the Assembly, it still…

According to the Attorney General of California, Kamala Harris, developers and distributors of mobile applications (Apps) must prominently post and comply with a privacy policy – just like websites and other commercial online venues.  Whereas California’s Online Privacy Protection Act (OPPA) expressly requires operators of websites to post privacy policies where those websites collect any…

According to the Attorney General of California, Kamala Harris, developers and distributors of mobile applications (Apps) must prominently post and comply with a privacy policy – just like websites and other commercial online venues.  Whereas California’s Online Privacy Protection Act (OPPA) expressly requires operators of websites to post privacy policies where those websites collect any…

Confirming what readers of this blog already suspected, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) has acknowledged that his federal gaming bill lacks the support, and momentum, necessary to seek passage in this session of Congress. As such, the effort will have to wait until next year to be taken up anew. “I am disappointed,” Reid said, adding…

The most prominent federal online gaming bill, as drafted by Senators Harry Reid (D-NV) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ), is expected to languish in the Senate until 2013 due to the ongoing fiscal cliff battles. The distractions in the Senate do not spell doom for the bill, necessarily, but it does mean that proponents of legalized…

The re-election of Barack Obama would appear to be a net positive for those that advocate in favor of legalized online poker.  While the 2012 Democratic Party Platform largely ignored the topic of Internet gaming, the 2012 Republican Party Platform explicitly called for the prohibition of any form of legalized Internet gaming (and overturning the…

In March of 2012, the North Carolina Court of Appeals overturned a 2010 law that made certain online casino-style games – as featured in Internet sweepstakes cafes – illegal on the basis that the 2010 law was a violation of free speech, as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.  In a recent ruling…

Paul Clement, the former U.S. Solicitor General under President George W. Bush, has raised a few significant issues regarding the Constitutionality of the first federal online gaming bill, as drafted by Senators Harry Reid (D-NV) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ).  Under the current bill, there is a requirement that those online entities that had been providing…

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