More generally, if you’re an online vendor hoping to usurp an industry that has extensive offline regulations, you would be well-served to bone up on that regulatory scheme and, if you’re not going to comply with it, develop a clear explanation of why you think it doesn’t apply to you. The FTC has a “Cooling-Off Rule,” and most states have contract cancellation regulations allowing a customer to cancel certain purchase contracts within three to five days of making a purchase.Perhaps the court was influenced by the subscription in question (i.e., rather than a year or months-long subscription, the service appeared to bill monthly). Eric’s Comment: The core issue in this case is whether an online service like Grindr qualifies as a “dating service” as defined in a statute written for a different era.This is a perennial cyberlaw issue, or more accurately, a classic “old law and new technology” question. Federal Trade Commission and state consumer protection agencies offer specific consumer protections for off-site business sales.Violating contract cancellation regulations can not only lead to monetary penalties but can damage a business’s reputation.Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed, and everyone realized than an online auction service like e Bay is unquestionably different than a statutorily regulated “auctionhouse.” It’s a good cautionary tale for the regulation of any online marketplace seeking to disrupt traditional offline intermediaries governed by different rules because the laws of physics applicable to the offline world are, in fact, different online. Men’s Journal Bad Idea: Overdisclosing People’s Positive STD Status–Doe v.I understand why the court was less charitable to Grindr here. Successfulmatch 9th Circuit Says Plaintiff Had Standing to Sue Spokeo for Fair Credit Reporting Violations Is Sacramento The World’s Capital of Internet Privacy Regulation?