Apparently YouTube is actively encouraging the deaf and hard-of-hearing community to turn in publishers who’s videos on the site do not have subtitles. This effort is in response to the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 and the the enabling regulations recently enacted by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”). These laws require that video sites close-caption any video that has previously been shown on television (as long as it was not substantially re-edited for online display).
While I am not sure the FTC went quite far enough (mandatory audits but no fines seems a bit toothless), it is at least a clear message that the FTC is getting increasingly serious about enforcing privacy regulations.
The short lesson to businesses online: “Do what you say you are going to do, when it comes to privacy policies!”