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Privacy Policies at Issue in Bookseller IP Deal

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 22, 2011

After purchasing a bankrupt competitor's customer information at auction, Barnes & Noble has said it does not have to comply with privacy recommendations suggested by a third-party expert, Reuters reports. Covington & Burling Attorney Michael St. Patrick Baxter issued a report on Wednesday including customer information acquisition terms that he believes Barnes & Noble should follow to appropriately obtain Borders Group Inc.'s intellectual property. Border's privacy policy was implemented in 2008, but Barnes & Noble has said that its own privacy policies are appropriate standards to protect the acquired data, the report states. Court approval of the deal will be sought today at a hearing in a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan, NY.
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