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Bruger din virksomhed Google Analytics og andre lignende tjenester? – så har du måske et persondata-problem

Rigtig mange virksomheder og offentlige myndigheder anvender Google Analytics eller lignende tjenester på deres hjemmeside. Formålet med tjenesterne er, ved hjælp af cookies, at indsamle data om brugeren af hjemmesiden. Tjenesterne er smarte og ofte meget relevante. Desværre er de færreste dog klar over, at tjenesterne ofte indsamler persondata- og måske videresælger disse data.

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Amazon, FTC Withdraw Appeal of Decision Holding Amazon Liable for Billing Parents for Children’s Unauthorized In-App Charges

April 26, 2017

Nearly three years after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) first charged that Amazon had unlawfully billed parents for millions of dollars in children’s unauthorized in-app charges – and about one year after a federal district court in Washington agreed with the FTC, but denied its request for an injunction – the case is over. As a result, Amazon soon will refund up to $70 million in in-app charges to injured consumers.

Background
In 2014, the FTC sued Amazon, Apple and Google, claiming that the billing of parents for in-app purchases incurred by their children without the parents’ express informed consent violated Section 5 of the FTC Act. Apple settled with the FTC and agreed to refund $32.5 million to consumers; Google also settled and agreed to refund up to $19 million to consumers. Amazon refused to settle, and the FTC moved for summary judgment against it.

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Order prohibiting Google from delivering search results heads to SCC

The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear an appeal from a decision of the B.C. Court of Appeal which upheld a worldwide injunction against Google Inc. (“Google”), wherein Google was ordered to stop delivering search results to its users that pointed to certain websites.

You can find my commentary on the B.C. Court of Appeal’s decision in Equustek Solutions Inc. v. Google Inc., 2015 BCCA 265, here.

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Post-Google Buzz: Has Google+ Gotten Privacy Right?

In June, Google unveiled the test phase of its new social network, Google+. While Google+ is regarded as Google’s “response” to Facebook, the service is Google’s second attempt at social networking after privacy problems plagued Google Buzz, a Twitter-like service based around user updates.

Key questions that may impact the ultimate success of Google+ are whether Google+ has addressed those user privacy concerns and whether opening Google+ to third-party advertisers and brands will leave it vulnerable to the flaws that doomed Google Buzz.

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DOJ Pursues Antitrust Claims Against Companies That Agree With Competitors Not to Recruit One Another’s Employees

In an article published in yesterday’s New York Law Journal (December 22, 2010, New York Law Journal, p.4 (col. 4), Nonhire Agreements as Antitrust Violations), we discuss a complaint filed in September 2010 by the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) against Adobe Systems, Inc., Apple Inc., Google Inc., Intel Corporation, Intuit, Inc., and Pixar, which alleges that those companies entered into various bilateral agreements in which they agreed not to actively solicit each other’s highly skilled technical employees, and that those agreements violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1. Calling such agreements “facially anticompetitive,” the DOJ alleged that such concerted behavior both reduced the companies’ ability to compete for employees and disrupted the normal price-setting mechanisms that apply in the labor arena. At the same time that it filed the Complaint, the DOJ filed a proposed Final Judgment, Stipulation and Competitive Impact Statement, effectively announcing the settlement of its claims, by which the defendant companies would agree to refrain from entering into similar agreements in the future.

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