The internet provides brands with incredible opportunities to truly connect with consumers. However, its fast-changing landscape is also fueling growing concerns, specifically on using and sharing personal data to third parties without the consent of the consumer.
What Is Internet Law?
Internet law refers to legal principles and legislations that govern the use of the internet in all its forms. It usually encompasses principles from other legal fields, such as internet marketing law and data privacy.
The US has a myriad of internet marketing laws that ensure truthful online advertising and privacy. In general, there are three areas that online marketers have to be concerned about: data collection, intellectual property issues, and marketing regulations of the Federal Trade Commission.
Depending on the laws and policies they have to comply with, website operators even have to specify how consumers can change the way organizations collect, store, or share consumer data. Operators may also have to disclose the rights of consumers to request data deletion or to opt-out of the sale of personal information.
There are existing federal and state laws that govern privacy policies in specific circumstances. A few examples are the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA).
Moreover, there are international laws like the General Data Protection Regulation that have an extraterritorial effect. Since the European Parliament and Council of the European Union designed the GDPR to protect the personal data of European Union citizens and residents, its impact extends well beyond the EU. It applies to any organization that handles data belonging to EU citizens and residents.
All three state laws require website privacy policies to define the different types of data an organization collects and indicate which ones are shared with third parties. The policies must specify how consumers can request changes to specific data. More importantly, they must disclose the consumers’ right to access and delete personal information, as well as their right to opt-out of the sale of personal data.
If an organization doesn’t comply with existing state, federal, or international privacy laws, the relevant authorities can hold it accountable for its violations. Specifically, they can subject the organization to hefty fines and penalties for failing to comply with the laws.
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