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In the United States, practices like this fall under the Federal Trade Commission's authority. They offer guidance here: https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/plain-language/bu...

It looks like some of the Globe's practices are toeing the line. They probably have a bunch of lawyers making sure they aren't crossing the line and are obeying the letter of the law but not the spirit.

The immediate thought I had reading this was...if they canned the lawyers would that end up being a larger cost savings then the revenue gained from toeing the line?

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