Regulatory Rumblings

Federal Policy Should Preempt Onerous State-Level Data Privacy Laws

Posted: Jan 20, 2015 10:00am ET

The debate continues to heat up around data privacy laws and whether the federal government should preempt state legislation in this area. Just this week, we wrote about the Administration’s announcement of two new proposals concerning data security, including the Personal Data Notification and Protection Act, which focuses on setting a federal standard.

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AICPA Calls Advertising Amortization Tax Proposal Competitively Disadvantageous and Overly Complex

Posted: Jan 14, 2015 3:30pm ET

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) recently wrote to House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) on the Tax Reform Act of 2014, the comprehensive tax reform bill introduced at the end of last Congress.

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Cybersecurity Breaches Underscore Urgency for Action

Posted: Jan 13, 2015 3:30pm ET

Recent events have put a spotlight on the need to take action on data security and privacy. The data security issue has rocketed to the top of President Obama’s agenda after cybersecurity incidents have plagued Sony, Home Depot, Target and most recently, the official Twitter and YouTube accounts of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).

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Falling Oil Prices Could Signal Tax Troubles for Advertisers

Posted: Jan 7, 2015 12:00am ET

The American public has been enjoying some long-awaited relief from the historically high oil prices we have experienced in recent years.

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The “New ICANN of 2015” – What will it look like?

Posted: Dec 10, 2014 12:00am ET

The ICANN 51 meeting just concluded in Los Angeles displayed many of the growing fissures in ICANN.

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New ICANN gTLDs – What’s Next?

Posted: Nov 24, 2014 12:00am ET

The ICANN 51 meeting just concluded in Los Angeles displayed many of the critical issues faced by advertisers and brand owners in the new “gTLD” (generic Top Level Domain) ecosystem.

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A Second Look at the Pew Public Perceptions of Privacy Study

Posted: Nov 19, 2014 12:00am ET

Pew’s recent study, “Public Perceptions of Privacy and Security in the Post-Snowden Era,” shined a light on the fact that “the majority of adults [in the U.S.] feel that their privacy is being challenged along such core dimensions as the security of their personal information and their ability to retain confidentiality.”

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What the Midterm Results Mean for Advertisers

Posted: Nov 6, 2014 12:00am ET

The 2014 midterm elections have been surprising and record-setting in more ways than one – most notably in the billions of dollars spent on the 1.5 million political ads that just ran in this midterm election and the high number of Democratic incumbents unseated.

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ANA Sends Letter to ICANN on Proposal Regarding Geographically Related Domain Names

Posted: Oct 21, 2014 12:00am ET

Today, ANA sent a letter to Thomas Schneider, the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Chair, and Peter Nettlefold, ICANN CCWG on Country and Territory Names, asking them to extend the deadline for comments regarding a proposal to expand the GAC’s ability to veto geographically related domain names.

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gTLD Update: Auctions for the New gTLDs; Whether to Trust Industry, Profession, and Geographic gTLDs

Posted: Sep 30, 2014 12:00am ET

While many, myself included, have discussed the uninspiring registration numbers for most of the new gTLDs, there are certain numbers that have been eye-popping: the amounts that are being paid for many of the gTLDs in auction.

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