State AGs And Online Privacy: Trends We Saw In 2013

Law360, New York (December 6, 2013, 1:50 PM EST) -- ​U.S. online sales reached almost $2 billion on Dec. 2, 2013, during this year’s “Cyber Monday” sales,[1] and in the third quarter of 2013, e-commerce sales accounted for almost 6 percent of total sales.[2] The growing Internet economy offers convenience to consumers and allows businesses to reach new markets, but with this opportunity comes privacy risks to both customers and corporations.

As new technologies emerge, federal privacy laws such as the Electronic Communications Privacy Act have become increasingly outdated. With federal laws slow to change, state...
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