E-Commerce and Internet Law
Our Connecticut Internet and e-commerce attorneys have broad experience advising individual entrepreneurs, early-stage ventures and mature companies on all phases of Internet-based technologies and online e-commerce models.
Our attorneys counsel startup and e-commerce clients at all stages of development regarding their rights and responsibilities and the management of legal risks associated with the online aspects of their businesses, including advertising, copyright, trademark, employment, privacy, data protection, consumer rights, network security and online contracting.
Our experienced e-commerce attorneys represent clients on "hot button" issues, including Internet-related technologies, e-commerce, associated intellectual property issues, third-party data collection and data loss.Website Policies and Online Compliance Law
Many user-based websites and user-generated forums are vulnerable to posting content that infringes copyrights. If a significant portion of your website is generated by online users, we can assist you in minimizing the risk that you will not be held liable for that content.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) provides an effective mechanism to protect works on the Internet, including pictures, text and other literal expressions. However, there is a "fair use" exception to the DMCA and if a request to remove content is made without the proper legal analysis and documentation, courts can impose liability under the DMCA on a sender of a "take down" request.
If images, video, music or written content have been posted on the web, including social media sites, without your permission, our copyright attorneys can perform the proper legal analysis and assist you in getting it removed quickly and efficiently.Data Privacy, Data Protection and Compliance
Internet companies are subject to a complex web of multi-jurisdictional laws, rules and regulations. By drafting compliance strategies and policies that companies can follow, we can help our clients mitigate the risk of a regulatory investigation or unfair competition claim based on failure to follow enumerated privacy and security policies.
Our Connecticut privacy attorneys have helped Connecticut clients design Internet and website privacy policies and data security policies that comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOA), the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), as well as other state and federal regulations.
Our goal is to develop policies for our clients that satisfy the most stringent state and federal laws applicable to their businesses. To accomplish this, we work with our Internet-based clients to:
- Identify all types of sensitive and personal data that are being collected and stored,
- Identify the laws and regulations that govern the collection and use of personal information,
- Draft the necessary security and governance policies, including Terms of Service and Privacy Policies, to meet regulatory compliance standards,
- Review and update controls used to monitor and protect sensitive data, and
- Review and update processes to conform with permission-based marketing policies (i.e., opt-in or opt-out policies).
If your e-commerce or web-based business collects personal data and information from users, contact our Connecticut computer law attorneys to learn how we can help you stay in compliance.