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October 28, 2003

Victoria's Secret Exposes Too Much
(It's Not What You Think)

No, it's not what you think. Victoria's Secret had computer security problems that allowed customers to browse through other customers' on-line orders. (Insert your choice of joke here.) That attracted the attention of NY attorney general Elliot Spitzer. When the dust settled, the Victoria's Secret parent company agreed to give refunds or credits to customers in New York and to pay the state of New York a $50,000 fine. See the AP story.

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POSSIBLE LESSON: This is yet another example of how companies doing business on the Internet may have to contend with multiple legal authorities. Some other examples:

  • Earlier this month, Google was ordered to pay a French company 75,000 euros in damages for allowing paid advertisements to be linked to the French company's trademark in search terms; see the Reuters story.
  • Last December, an Australian court ruled that a local business executive could bring suit -- in Australia -- against Dow Jones for allegedly libelous statements posted on a U.S. Web site. See this BBC analysis.
  • In November 2000, another French judge ordered Yahoo! to block French access to Nazi-memorabilia sites; see this BBC story.

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