Online Privacy Law 101:
Explanations, Statutes & Case Studies
In an age of increasingly sophisticated digital technology, it’s harder than ever to keep personal information private when so much of daily life is lived online. Online privacy laws -- both national and international -- attempt to protect personal data and regulate how information can – and can’t – be used online.
Think of this website as an introductory guide to online privacy laws. To learn about business data collection and security responsibilities, head here. For a list of relevant statutes, head here.
Want to ask an online privacy lawyer a few questions? Get in touch.
Is Anything Really "Private" Online?
It’s easy to forget that on the Internet, not much is ever genuinely private. Personal data flows freely on social networks, shopping sites and informational portals. Although users are offered options like keeping profiles hidden or opening a private browser, even that data can leave an enduring digital footprint.
Fraud and misuse of personal information can be prosecuted by state attorneys general and bodies like the Consumer Protection Bureau. Moreover, businesses can be held responsible for hacking incidents. That's why it's wise to have an online privacy law lawyer on speed dial.
United States Federal Privacy Laws
The Electronic Communication Privacy Act and the Cyber intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, govern certain aspects of data collection and storage. International agreements like the Trans Pacific Partnership establish guidelines for sharing across participating countries.
Children's Online Privacy Protection Act
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act regulates the acquisition of minors' personal information. The Federal Trade Commission is responsible for monitoring and investigating COPPA violations -- and the consumer watchdog agency takes it very seriously.