Consumer Protection, Privacy, & Compliance


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


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 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.