A federal magistrate has ruled that the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”), a federal statute that restricts “video tape service providers” from disclosing information about their customers’ viewing habits, applies to online streaming video providers. This is the first time that the VPPA, enacted in 1988 in response to the disclosure of Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork’s video rental records, has been found to apply to streaming video services.
Should Congress exercise control over the types of information people can share in social media and whether they can share certain categories of information automatically? In an opinion piece published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Hogan Lovells privacy leader Chris Wolf addresses the issue of whether Congress should pass a law restricting the manner in which individuals might choose to share information on the streaming videos they watch through social media. The piece is summarized here, along with a link to Chris’ related Senate testimony.
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A New Year’s video reminder that calls for a new privacy regime are not new. Happy new year to the readers of the Hogan Lovells Chronicle of Data Protection. We look forward to covering what is sure to be an eventful 2012 in the privacy world and to sharing with you.
Hogan Lovells Privacy and Information Management practice leader Chris Wolf recenrtly moderated a panel on cloud computing in Washington, DC featuring government and industry leaders. This blog entry points to a report containing a full-length video of the session.
Bloomberg Law conducted a video interview this week with Hogan Lovells Privacy and Information Management practice co-director Chris Wolf on current privacy law issues, ranging from how important privacy is to the continued growth of e-commerce, to EU-US relations, to Do Not Track, to the RIght to be Forgotten. A link to the YouTube archived version of the interview is contained in this entry.
Hogan Lovells Privacy and Information Management practice Leader Chris Wolf recently was interviewed by the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) in a video on what companies should be doing as changes in privacy law get mulled at the FTC, in Congress and internationally. Chris observes that companies collecting, using, sharing and storing personal data should anticipate change, and should begin to provide greater transparency about data collection and use, greater consumer choice over such collection and use, practice data minimization and use specification, and be prepared for changes in the law whether they come legislatively or through regulatroy enfotcement.
BNA graciously has given us permission to provide access to the video for readers of the Hogan Lovells Chronicle of Data Protection. You may access the video in this blog entry.