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Businesses that collect personal information from customers should adopt a comprehensive privacy policy in order to maintain full disclosure.

A privacy policy discloses some or all of the ways a company gathers, uses, discloses and manages customer data. Businesses that collect personal information from customers should adopt a comprehensive privacy policy in order to maintain full disclosure.

There is currently no specific federal regulation establishing universal implementation of privacy policies in the United States (U.S.). However, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforces terms of privacy policies under Section 5 of the FTC Act which prohibits unfair or deceptive marketing practices. The FTC’s Fair Information Practice Practices provide details relating to critical issues that should be covered by a company’s privacy policy, including notice, choice, access, security, and enforcement.

Notice: data collectors must disclose their information practices before collecting personal information from…

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An end user license agreement is an agreement between a software provider and a software user. The provider allows use of the software, but retains ownership of the software.

As part of our continuing series on basics of technology contracts, today we’ll take a look at end user license agreements.

What is an end user license agreement?
An end user license agreement is an agreement between a software provider and a software user. The provider allows use of the software, but retains ownership of the software.

What do end user license agreements do?
An end user license agreement should clearly explain the rights granted to the end user. Specifically, the agreement should address the permissible uses and the ability to reproduce the software.

For example, the provider may wish to limit use by subsidiaries or parent companies. Another approach is to limit the number of designated users (often called “seats”). And if the recipient…

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