I had the privilege of appearing on the Unstructured Podcast with Eric Hunley. This interview focused more on overriding practical and legal concepts related to the Internet versus details of specific laws. [Read more…] about Richard Chapo on the Unstructured Podcast
Many U.S. businesses with an online presence have been jumping through hoops over the last year, making sure their website and practices comply with the new European GDPR – the General Data Protection Regulation which sets stringent rules for the way websites collect, process and use personal information. [Read more…] about The California Consumer Privacy Act
Ah, the sky is falling! So say the prognosticators regarding the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), often referred to as California’s GDPR-lite privacy law. While the new law is more restrictive than we’ve seen in the good old USA, it hardly qualifies as being remotely as burdensome as the abomination that is the GDPR in the EU. Perhaps even more importantly, the California GDPR has a loophole written into it that precludes the need for many small businesses to comply. [Read more…] about The California GDPR Compliance Loophole
The old joke is the only things certain in life are death and taxes. This cliche hasn’t necessarily been true online where we’ve spent two decades arguing over whether online retailers should collect and pay sales tax to jurisdictions the retailer has no nexus with. After taking its sweet time, the Supreme Court has finally addressed the issue. While states will be happy with the ruling, all is not lost for smaller retailers. [Read more…] about Supreme Court Gives States Right To Collect Sales Tax For Online Sales
The General Data Protection Regulation that went into effect in Europe on May 25, 2018, represents a revolution in privacy law. Whether the revolution is a positive one or not is open to debate particularly given how poorly the “GDPR” is drafted and how little privacy advocates seem to understand the regulation. A number of pundits have suggested a similar law could be enacted in the United States.
How likely is such a development? [Read more…] about Could The U.S. Pass A Law Similar To The GDPR?