In Brief: DVRs are entertainment dinosaurs, but the 1988 Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), which protected viewers from having their video watching habits shared with third parties, is very much alive

It has been used in 70 or more class actions against companies like General Mills, Geico, and Chick-fil-A that were filed just in the past year.

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Children’s Privacy: Mattel’s exclusive deal with enables YouTube ad-targeting to kids

September 12, 2023

Barbie, Hot Wheels, American Girl and other top Mattel brands can be marketed to YouTube viewers under 13 without violating COPPA protection rules, as a result of the deal in which Mattel will leverage’s child-friendly ad sales capabilities. is one of the few third-party companies that has received YouTube’s approval to sell contextually targeted, COPPA-compliant ads.

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In Brief: US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) teamed up to publicly identify 130 hospitals and telehealth companies, including Johns Hopkins Hospital, New York-Presbyterian, and Mantra Health, whose use of online tracking may violate federal data privacy and security regulations

September 12, 2023

This is due to use of tech providers, such as Meta/Facebook pixel and Google Analytics which enable online tracking.

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Microsoft Lets Publishers Block Bing Chat Separately from Bing Search

September 26, 2023

Nearly one-third of major news publishers have blocked generative AI tools from reading their content.   But that’s a drastic measure which could also exclude their results from conventional search engines.  Microsoft has just given publishers the option to block access by Bing Chat without also removing their content from search results.  We’ll see if competitors do the same.

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