Category Archives: Diatribe

A Little Muck-blogging about the Securities and Exchange Commission and Social Media

This post is not about securities law.  It’s about privacy and the law of unintended consequences. So the SEC released a report about public disclosures and social media.  It’s here: http://www.sec.gov/litigation/investreport/34-69279.pdf In it, the SEC says it’s OK for public … Continue reading

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California Legislator Proposes Revision to Law Regarding Personal Information – Does Better Work than the California Attorney General

  The proposed legislation is Assembly Bill No. 1291, which was introduced by Assembly Member Lowenthal on February 22, 2013.  If passed, the bill would replace some existing privacy related law. Specifically, the bill would expand current reporting requirements for … Continue reading

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California’s Mobile App Privacy Initiative – A Good Example of What’s Wrong with Privacy Regulation

To be effective, regulation has to be about acts and omissions – not disclosure.  We don’t charge people for the crime of failing to disclosure their intention to steal.  We charge them for stealing.  California’s alleged effort to “promote greater … Continue reading

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Let’s Stop Saying Personally Identifiable Information

Way back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth and privacy law was in its infancy, someone coined the phrase “Personally Identifiable Information.”   This was done with the apparent intent that Personally Identifiable Information would mean – information that could be used … Continue reading

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