The Foundry Law Blog

IoT Privacy and Data Security – Impact of New CA Laws

IoT (or Internet of Things) has seen a boom in the past several years. Connected devices such as Alexa or Siri are well known, but many more products feature connected functionality. In general, IoT has been far less understood and far less regulated from a privacy and data security standpoint. This year California has passed […]

What Makes a Good Privacy Notice?

A “Privacy Policy” commonly refers to what is technically a business’ “Privacy Statement” or “Privacy Notice”. The policy is made up of the internal and external protocols, rules, guidelines and steps that a business takes regarding the collection, use, storage and destruction of personally identifying information (PII) and non-personal (aka. “technical”) information. Businesses put a […]

Web Scraping: Pitfalls and Proactive Best Practices

If your business relies on insights from reviews, comments or other aggregated data, chances are that you are tempted to engage in a little (or a lot of) web scraping. Web scraping is essentially conducting automatic data extraction from one website, for use by a different party. It’s sometimes referred to as “web harvesting” or […]

Make it a Policy to Protect Your Business From Privacy Threats

2016 will be remembered as the year that privacy became the buzzword small businesses took notice of. We saw the establishment of the first ever Federal Privacy Council this year, read about numerous data breaches (and maybe even felt the impacts personally), and the US specifically felt the repercussions of the overturning of its data […]

who’s You’ve Got your Mail

Email. Simple, ordinary, convenient. As of late, the word controversial can also be used to describe this staple of office and personal communication. Given the ubiquitous nature of email in our daily lives, a deeper examination into the issues surrounding privacy and email seems increasingly warranted. Let’s take a look.   Is my email really […]

Coping with COPPA: Protecting Children’s Online Privacy

What is COPPA? In today’s cyber world, security and privacy concerns are paramount. This rings especially true for parents seeking to safeguard their child’s online identity. Lawmakers addressed parents’ concerns by creating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (“COPPA”). Enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), COPPA applies to websites and “online services” […]