A blog relating to Internet legal issues by Professor John Swinson, University of Queensland
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Fake Consumer Reviews
On the consumer protection front, the FTC settled charges that a public relations agency engaged in deceptive advertising â€œby having employees pose as ordinary consumers posting game reviews at the online iTunes store, and not disclosing that the reviews came from paid employees working on behalf of the developers. This activity was in violation of the FTC's Revised Endorsement Guidelines which require disclosure. The PR firm, Reverb Communications, is required to take down the fraudulent postings and bars them from making similar postings in the future without appropriate disclosures.
Press release: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2010/08/reverb.shtm
Links to Complaint and Consent Order: http://www.ftc.gov/os/caselist/0923199/index.shtm
Information on the FTC's Revised Endorsement Guidelines (16 CFR Part 255): http://ftc.gov/multimedia/video/business/endorsement-guides.shtm
Google and Privacy
A video cartoon featuring Google's chief giving away ice-cream to snoop on children aired on a giant screen in Times Square today as a privacy group continued to hound the internet giant.
Consumer Watchdog took its gripes with Google to the centre of Manhattan, where it paid to have a "Don't be evil?" animated clip shown on a "Jumbotron" screen above the masses coursing through Times Square.
Amended Privacy Law in Australia
AUSTRALIAN PRIVACY AMENDMENT BILL. The Privacy Legislation Amendment (Enforcement and Other Measures) Bill 2022 has now passed both house...
The United Nations intellectual property agency (WIPO) is the latest front in the US-China trade war. http://www.theage.com.au/world/sad-am...
The Australian Privacy Commission made an award compensating individuals for non-economic loss for a privacy law breach. This was a first ...