Massachusetts law about internet and online privacy

Laws, regulations, cases, and web sources on internet and online privacy law.

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Massachusetts laws

MGL c. 4, § 7 Definition of public record

MGL c. 66A Fair Information Practices Act

MGL c. 214, § 1B Right to privacy

MGL c. 214, § 3B Violations of chapter 66A; statute of limitations

MGL c. 272, § 99 Interception of wire and oral communications

Massachusetts regulations

201 CMR 17 Standards for the protection of personal information of residents of the Commonwealth

801 CMR 3 Privacy and confidentiality

Federal laws

5 U.S.C. § 552a Privacy Act

15 U.S.C. §§ 6501-6506 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act

15 U.S.C. § 6801 Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act [Privacy Rule]

18 U.S.C. § 1030 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

18 U.S.C. §§ 2510-2521 Wiretap Act

18 U.S.C. §§ 2701-2711 Electronic Communications Privacy Act

Federal regulations

16 CFR 312 Children's online privacy protection rule

16 CFR 313 Privacy of consumer financial information

Selected cases


Data Privacy and Security Division, Mass. Attorney General.
The Data Privacy and Security Division protects consumers and their families from threats to the privacy and security of their data in the digital economy.

Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
1718 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 483-1140

A public interest research center in Washington DC. Its website includes resources and guides to federal legislation. Publishes the EPIC Alert, a newsletter concerning civil rights in the information age.

Federal Trade Commission's Privacy Initiative
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20580
(202) 326-2222

The website offers copies of the FTC's Online Privacy Reports to Congress and information regarding identity theft.

Web sources

AG Healey joins nationwide settlement with Google over location tracking practices, Office of the Attorney General, November 14, 2022.
A coalition of 40 attorneys general in reached a $391.5 million settlement with Google for misleading consumers about its location tracking practices. The settlement also requires Google to be more transparent with consumers about its tracking practices.

Complying with COPPA: Frequently asked questions: A guide for businesses, parents and small entities. Federal Trade Commission, July 2020 (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act).

OnGuard online
Practical information to avoid Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information

Online privacy consumer guides, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.
Helpful guides on safe internet practices. Topics include smartphone privacy, online harassment, and computer security.

Privacy issues, Electronic Privacy Information Center.
Provides information on nearly 100 privacy topics, including:

  • Face recognition
  • Facebook
  • Protester privacy
  • Purchase tracking
  • Right to be forgotten
  • Search engine privacy
  • Social media monitoring

Print sources

Computer law: a guide to cyberlaw and data privacy, Matthew Bender, loose leaf.

Cybersecurity law, West Academic, 2022.

Global internet law in a nutshell, West Academic, 2021, chapter 7.

Internet law and practice, Thomson/West, loose leaf, chapter 19.

Principles of the law, data privacy, ALI, 2020.

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