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Welcome to the Spektator Project

An AI-powered privacy law database for American Bar Association Members

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We are a community of volunteer lawyers from the American Bar Association and programmers working together to make access to privacy laws (both foreign and domestic) easily accessible through a simple AI-powered user interface.


Privacy Law at your fingertips

What are the key federal and state-level privacy laws in the United States that a foreign startup must comply with?

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA):

    • Relevance: If your startup deals with health-related data or operates in the healthcare sector.

    • Key Points: HIPAA regulates the use and disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI). It applies to healthcare providers, health plans, healthcare clearinghouses, and business associates.

  • Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA):

    • Relevance: If your startup's website, app, or digital platform is directed towards children under 13 or knowingly collects personal information from children under 13.

    • Key Points: COPPA requires obtaining parental consent for the collection of personal information from children under 13.

  • Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act):

    • Relevance: Broad applicability to all businesses for protection against deceptive practices.

    • Key Points: The FTC Act prohibits unfair or deceptive business practices. It has been used to enforce principles of privacy and data security.

  • Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA):

    • Relevance: If your startup deals with electronic communications.

    • Key Points: ECPA protects communications while they are being made, are in transit, and when they are stored on computers.

  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA):

    • Relevance: Relevant for startups in the financial services sector.

    • Key Points: GLBA requires financial institutions to explain their information-sharing practices to their customers and to safeguard sensitive data.

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