Legal Landscape

The purpose of this primer is not to provide legal advice. However, it is important to understand the broad contours of the legal landscape so that you can proactively address areas where your products and business may intersect with free speech and privacy laws, including consulting with attorneys as needed. This appendix is intended to provide a brief survey of relevant laws to get you started.

The laws governing privacy and free speech in the United States are set out in the United States Constitution, state constitutions, federal and state statutes, and regulations and orders by federal and state agencies. Businesses targeting international users may also be subject to the laws and regulations of the nations where their customers or users reside.

Legal Landscape: Privacy

Legal Landscape: Free Speech

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