On the other hand, if you do not properly inform end-users of your intention to use their data for marketing purposes, any attempt to do so would almost certainly violate applicable law.
While properly collected end-user data may provide your business with a valuable revenue stream, collecting data also imposes a responsibility on your employees to safeguard such data. Various state and federal statutes require that you distribute to your employees a written manual on data security procedures, and that you notify end-users in case of any breach of security with respect to their data.
David O. Klein is a partner with the firm of Klein Zelman Rothermel LLP in New York, NY, where he practices Internet Marketing Law. He can be reached at (212) 935-6020 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
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