Consumer Protection, Privacy, & Compliance

Overview

The Cyberlaw Clinic regularly advises clients on issues in the areas of consumer protection, privacy, and regulatory compliance.  The Clinic’s practice in this area includes drafting website privacy policies; counseling individuals and entities about data security obligations (including requirements in cases of data breaches under Massachusetts General Laws ch. 93H); and assisting with efforts to address spyware, malware, and other malicious software.

Representative Projects

StopBadware

The Clinic has served as counsel on a number of legal matters for StopBadware, an online consumer protection initiative that aims to combat “badware.”  Clinical students have provided day-to-day advice and assisted in preparing a formal complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission in collaboration with the Center for Democracy and Technology against FastMP3Search.com.ar for distributing badware to unsuspecting Internet users through a downloadable software plugin.

Contest & Sweepstakes Rules

The Cyberlaw Clinic has drafted contest rules, compliant with the laws of various states, for Internet-based competitions that required entrants to submit creative videos via popular video-sharing websites.