Entries by Carl Szabo

Courts Find Internet Tax Collection Laws Unconstitutional – Sends Tax Collectors Back to Drawing Board

It’s a tough day for state tax collectors when two different judges in two different states declare unlawful their attempts to skirt the constitutional protections in Quill. It stared with a federal court in Colorado permanently enjoining Colorado law that unfairly discriminated against out-of-state businesses in violation of Article 1 of the US Constitution.

The Future of Online Services for Kids

Yesterday we filed comments on the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) proposed changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).  Our comments advises the FTC about changes that could discourage the development of online services for kids. So what is COPPA?  Well, COPPA regulates the online collection and use of information about a child (a […]

TicketMaster’s Paperless Tickets Leave Michael Buble Fans Out in The Cold

Who would have thought going to see a Michael Buble concert would leave someone damp, cold, and disappointed.  But that is how one concert-goer felt after having his first experience with TicketMaster’s paperless tickets. The TicketMaster paperless ticket scheme requires the purchaser of the ticket, not the holder, to provide a photo ID and the credit […]

Where is the Button to ‘Like’ Facebook’s Cookies?

In 2009, EPIC, a privacy group, filed a privacy complaint about Facebook with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  This prompted the FTC to announce last month an agreement where Facebook must create a comprehensive privacy program, delete content after termination of a user account, and do comprehensive privacy audits every two years.  If Facebook fails to comply, […]