New on the Blog: "Do Not Track" and Cookies - European Commission Proposes New Eprivacy Regulations
M Street Legal is a full-service law firm providing legal services to media and technology companies, online and old-line publishing companies, internet startups and not-so-startups and nonprofits.
Our firm is based in Washington, DC with a satellite office in New York City.
We provide high-quality legal services, drawing on both our extensive business legal experience and our experience in business itself. We do not forget that being responsive to all of our clients, big and small, is an essential component of quality work, as is making our services available at a reasonable cost.
Founding principal Andrew Mirsky has 20+ years of legal experience handling contract and other business matters for technology, media, and publishing, internet and other businesses. More broadly, our work includes corporate finance, intellectual property, nonprofit, labor & employment, contract and technology matters for small businesses and individuals.
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We write, review, negotiate, read, re-read and re-review and (yes) sometimes re-write contracts of all ages and all stripes.
Licensing and Technology
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Privacy and Data Security
We help businesses comply with privacy and data security requirements under US and EU data privacy laws, in particular FTC and “Baby FTC” regulations and the EU Data Directive.
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New on the Blog
"Do Not Track" and Cookies - European Commission Proposes New Eprivacy Regulations
The European Commission recently proposed new regulations that will align privacy rules for electronic communications with the much-anticipated General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (the GDPR was fully adopted in May 2016 and goes into effect in May 2018). Referred to as the Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications or “ePrivacy” regulation, these final additions to the EU’s new data protection framework make a number of important changes, including expanding privacy protections to over-the-top applications (like WhatsApp and Skype), requiring consent before metadata can be processed, and providing additional restrictions on SPAM. But the provisions relating to “cookies” and tracking of consumers online activity are particularly interesting and applicable to a wide-range of companies. READ MORE →
Circuits Weigh-In on PII Under the VPPA
The Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) was enacted in 1988 in response to Robert Bork’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings before the Senate judiciary committee, during which his family’s video rental history was used to great effect and in excoriating detail. This was the age of brick-and-mortar video rental stores, well before the age of instant video streaming and on-demand content. Nonetheless, VPPA compliance is an important component to any privacy and data security programs of online video-content providers, websites that host streaming videos and others that are in the business of facilitating consumers viewing streaming video. READ MORE →