To Text or Not to Text – Complying with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act

By: Erin Wall The number of companies using text messages (SMS) to market to consumers is on the rise. between 2015 and 2017, the number of B2B…


What is a Privacy Policy and When Does It Matter?

So you’re thinking about developing a product, or starting a business, or maybe you already have clients. One question you should ask: should you…


Incorporating Online Terms By Reference: Avoid the Common Mistakes

Terms of Service agreements are used to outline the legal relationship between a party providing a service and a party receiving or using a service.…


Entity Selection for Startups: A Tax Perspective

The entity classification regulations under Internal Revenue Code section 7701, otherwise known as “check-the-box” regulations, allow startups to…


The Dangers of Copying Terms of Service and How to Avoid Them

It might be tempting to copy the Terms of Use from another website, but should you? Attribution: Cathy Olson. Facebook has 1.55 billion users, and…


A Primer on Privacy

https://twitter.com/xor/status/564356757007261696 The Public Trial of Samsung’s SmartTV In early February 2015, Shane Harris at the Daily Beast…


Application of HITECH and HIPAA to Healthcare Startups

When working with a startup with a technology in the healthcare space, attorneys should be aware that there are new rules and regulations that can…


New California “Do Not Track” Privacy Policy Requirements

The use of tracking software by websites is widespread. Advertising companies and social networks use technology such as cookies to track the…


COPPA: Protecting Children's Privacy Online

COPPA is designed to protect the privacy of children, but complying with COPPA can be difficult for startups.  Attribution: Mike Licht. Do you…


Visiting Your Competitor’s Web Page: Should Entrepreneurs be Concerned?

Entrepreneurs, you can check out your competitors. But it's likely they're watching you watch them. Data Collection and the State of the Internet…