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Privacy and the Internet : your expectations and rights under the law
Jasper, Margaret C.
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Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. : Oceana Publications, [2003]

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vii, 218 pages : forms ; 24 cm.
An overview of privacy and the internet--The role of the Federal Trade Commission -- E-Mail -- E-Commerce -- Privacy statements -- Online financial services -- Protecting children's privacy online.
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It is crucial that Internet users understand how to safely and securely "surf the net," without exposing themselves to criminal activity and other intrusions into their personal information. Some of the most important security methods, including the effective use of passwords, utilizing virus software, installing firewalls, understanding encryption technology, and being vigilant about the type of information one shares on the Internet are discussed in this Almanac. In addition, Privacy and the Internet: Your Expectations and Rights under the Law sets forth the role of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in enforcing privacy rights, including a review of some of the major enforcement cases brought by the FTC.

The Legal Almanac series serves to educate the general public on a variety of legal issues pertinent to everyday life and to keep readers informed of their rights and remedies under the law. Each volume in the series presents an explanation of a specific legal issue in simple, clearly written text, making the Almanac a concise and perfect desktop reference tool. All volumes provide state-by-state coverage. Selected state statutes are included, as are important case law and legislation, charts and tables for comparison.

Author Notes

Margaret C. Jasper is an attorney engaged in the general practice of law in South Salem, New York

Table of Contents

About the Authorp. v
Introductionp. vii
Chapter 1 An Overview of Privacy and the Internet
In Generalp. 1
Demographicsp. 2
The Privacy Threatp. 2
Broadband Internet Accessp. 2
Hackersp. 3
Public Forumsp. 3
Internet Service Providersp. 3
E-Mail Systemsp. 3
Cookiesp. 4
Domain Registration Servicesp. 5
Employer Accessp. 5
Law Enforcement Accessp. 5
Privacy Lawsp. 6
Privacy Policiesp. 6
Chapter 2 The Role of the Federal Trade Commission
In Generalp. 9
Anti-Spam Enforcement Initiativep. 9
Identity Theft Preventionp. 9
Anti-Pretexting Initiativep. 10
Anti-Pretexting Initiativep. 10
Enforcement of Privacy Promisesp. 10
Children's Online Privacy Initiativep. 10
Privacy Complaints Hotlinep. 10
The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)p. 11
Public Workshopsp. 11
Enforcement Actionsp. 11
The Microsoft Casep. 11
Liberty Financial Companies, Inc.--Young Investor Websitep. 13
Eli Lilly and Companyp. 14
Toysmart.comp. 16
Chapter 3 E-Mail
In Generalp. 19
Securing E-Mailp. 19
Encryptionp. 19
Anonymous Remailersp. 19
Deleting Stored E-Mailp. 20
Web-Based E-Mail Servicep. 20
Employer Accessp. 20
Forwardingp. 20
Verificationp. 20
Virusesp. 21
Spamp. 21
Statisticsp. 21
Spam Reductionp. 22
Do Not Publicize Your E-Mail Addressp. 22
Mask Your E-Mail Addressp. 22
Use Two E-Mail Addressesp. 23
Use Disposable E-Mail Addressesp. 23
Create a Unique E-Mail Addressp. 23
Filter Junk E-Mailp. 23
Check Out Website Privacy Policiesp. 24
E-Mail Preference Servicep. 24
Common E-Mail Scamsp. 24
Nigerian Advance-Fee Fraudp. 24
Chain E-Mailsp. 25
Internet Service Provider Scamp. 25
Filing a Complaintp. 25
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)p. 25
The User's Internet Service Providerp. 26
The Sender's Internet Service Providerp. 26
Instant Messagingp. 26
Chapter 4 E-Commerce
In Generalp. 27
Securing Online Transactionsp. 27
Anonymous Remailersp. 27
Secure Browsersp. 27
Emptying the Cachep. 28
Cookiesp. 28
Third Party Cookiesp. 29
Detecting Cookies and Setting Preferencesp. 29
Javascriptp. 29
Privacy Statementsp. 29
Website Securityp. 30
Avoiding Online Fraudp. 30
Chapter 5 Privacy Statements
In Generalp. 33
Elements of a Privacy Statementp. 33
Privacy Sealsp. 34
Privacy Seal Programsp. 35
The TRUSTe Privacy Seal Programp. 35
BBBOnline Privacy Seal Programp. 36
The WebTrust Privacy Programp. 37
The Privacy Partnershipp. 37
Chapter 6 Online Financial Services
Internet Bankingp. 39
The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)p. 40
The Safeguards Rulep. 40
Covered Institutionsp. 40
Requirementsp. 41
Employee Management and Trainingp. 42
Information Systemsp. 42
Storage of Informationp. 43
Retrieval and Transmission of Informationp. 43
Disposal of Informationp. 43
Managing System Failuresp. 44
The Financial Services Modernization Actp. 44
Chapter 7 Protecting Children's Privacy Online
In Generalp. 45
Websitesp. 45
Privacy Statementsp. 46
The TRUSTe Children's Privacy Sealp. 46
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)p. 47
1 The Electronic Communications Privacy Actp. 53
2 The Privacy Protection Act of 1980p. 65
3 The U.S.A. Patriot Act (H.R.3162)-Selected Provisionsp. 69
4 Summary of Federal and State Privacy Lawsp. 79
5 Internet Privacy Resource Directoryp. 93
6 Microsoft Corporation Complaintp. 107
7 Microsoft Corporation Consent Orderp. 113
8 Liberty Financial Complaintp. 123
9 Liberty Financial Consent Orderp. 127
10 Eli Lilly and Company Complaintp. 135
11 Eli Lilly and Company Consent Orderp. 139
12 Complaintp. 149
13 Consent Orderp. 155
14 Directory of State Consumer Protection Agenciesp. 161
15 Instructions for Setting Cookies Preferencesp. 167
16 American Express Internet Privacy Statementp. 169
17 Sample Privacy Policy Outlinep. 183
18 Code of Information Practices
19 The Safeguards Rulep. 193
20 The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)p. 197