D. Reed Freeman, Jr.

D. Reed Freeman, Jr.

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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FTC v. Jerk.com: Did the FTC’s “Jerk.com” Complaint Just Turn API Terms into Federal Law?

The Federal Trade Commission’s announcement earlier this week that it had filed a complaint against Jerk, LLC and its websites like “jerk.com” (“Jerk”) looks at first glance like a run-of-the-mill FTC Section 5 enforcement...more

4/14/2014 - Enforcement Actions FTC Jerk Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices Websites

Jerked Around? Did the FTC’s “Jerk.com” Complaint Just Turn API Terms Into Federal Law?

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) announcement earlier this week that it had filed a complaint against Jerk, LLC and its websites like “jerk.com” (“Jerk”) looks at first glance like a run-of-the-mill FTC Section 5...more

4/11/2014 - Enforcement Actions FTC Websites

The Internet of Things Part 2: The Old Problem Squared

Cisco estimates that 25 billion devices will be connected in the Internet of Things (IoT) by 2015, and 50 billion by 2020. Analyst firm IDC makes an even bolder prediction: 212 billion connected devices by 2020. This massive...more

4/3/2014 - Corporate Counsel Internet of Things Mobile Devices Young Lawyers

Marubeni Gets Hit Again for FCPA Violations - DOJ Says the Company Did Not Voluntarily Disclose the Conduct and Refused to...

In a courtroom in New Haven, Connecticut, on March 19, 2014, Marubeni Corporation (Marubeni), a storied Japanese trading company headquartered in Tokyo, pleaded guilty to an eight-count criminal information charging Marubeni...more

3/25/2014 - Bribery Corruption DOJ FCPA Power Plants

The Internet of Things Part 2: The Old Problem Squared

Cisco estimates that some 25 billion devices will be connected in the Internet of Things (IoT) by 2015, and 50 billion by 2020. Analyst firm IDC makes an even bolder prediction: 212 billion connected devices by 2020. This...more

3/20/2014 - Internet of Things

The Internet of Things Part 1: Brave New World

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of everyday physical objects which surround us and that are increasingly being embedded with technology to enable those objects to collect and transmit data about their use and...more

3/20/2014 - Internet of Things Technology

Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 1 - January/February 2014

In This Issue: FFIEC Issues Final Guidance on Social Media Usage by Financial Institutions; Uncovering a Line in the Sand: Employee Social Media Use and the NLRA; Website Operators Await Final Guidance Regarding...more

2/3/2014 - Disclosure Do Not Track FFIEC First Amendment Mobile Apps NLRA NLRB Privacy Policy Social Media

Socially Aware - Volume 4, Issue 2 - December 2013

In This Issue: Peering Into the Future: Google Glass and the Law; Ownership of Business-Related Social Media Accounts; Two Circuits Address the First Amendment Status of Facebook Activity; Collaborative Consumption –...more

12/23/2013 - Advertising Behavioral Advertising First Amendment Google Google Glass Internet Technology Terms of Use

FTC Expands Reach on Conspicuousness of Privacy Disclosures in Settlement with Android Flashlight App

An FTC settlement with a mobile app over its privacy disclosures alleged to be deceptive may seem to be run-of-the-mill. After all, the FTC has been settling cases for years with companies whose data collection and use...more

12/9/2013 - Android Disclosure FTC Mobile Apps Privacy Policy

A Warning for Websites Allowing Data Collection for Online Behavioral Advertising

The Better Business Bureau’s Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability Program (“the Accountability Program”) issued its first ever compliance warning on October 14, a move that is intended to clarify the obligations...more

10/31/2013 - Advertising Behavioral Advertising Data Collection Digital Advertising Alliance Notice Requirements Personally Identifiable Information

“Do Not Track” Comes to CalOPPA

California’s AB 370, if signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, would be the first piece of legislation in the world directly addressing “do not track” (“DNT”) to become law. It has passed both houses of the California Legislature and...more

9/4/2013 - Breach Notification Rule CalOPPA Cybersecurity Data Protection Disclosure Requirements Do Not Track Jerry Brown New Legislation Privacy Laws Privacy Policy Warrantless Tracking

FTC Staff Updates its COPPA FAQs, Providing Crucial Guidance for Covered Operators

Last week, the staff of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued crucial reading for operators of websites, apps, plug-ins, ad networks and other online services (together, “Services”) that are subject to its recently...more

5/6/2013 - Confidentiality COPPA FTC Parental Consent Personally Identifiable Information

FTC Updates Its “Dot Com Disclosures” with a Focus on Social Media Advertising

On March 12, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued an update to its “Dot Com Disclosures” guide to advertisers on making effective online disclosures. In doing so, the FTC has driven home the points that: •...more

3/15/2013 - Advertising Disclosure Requirements Dot Com Disclosure Guide FTC Social Media

FTC Releases Report on Improving Consumer Protections in Mobile Payments; Recommends Financial, Privacy and Data Security...

On March 8, 2013 the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released a Report on mobile payments that serves to follow up on the FTC’s April 2012 workshop on mobile payments, as well as to lay the groundwork for the application of...more

3/14/2013 - Data Protection FTC Mobile Devices Mobile Payments

FTC Announces Important Settlement with Social Networking App and Releases New Mobile App Report

The FTC announced a potentially groundbreaking settlement with the social networking app Path and released an important new staff report on Mobile Privacy Disclosures late last week. The FTC’s Settlement with Path...more

2/5/2013 - COPPA FTC Mobile Apps Mobile Privacy Disclosures Notice Requirements Parental Consent Path Inc. Settlement Social Networks

FTC Issues Substantially Revised COPPA Rule, Effective July 1, 2013: Review of Changes and Compliance Tips

On December 19, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (“Commission”) announced long-awaited amendments to its rule implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“Rule”). The changes – which take effect on July 1,...more

1/3/2013 - Behavioral Advertising COPPA Data Collection Data Protection FTC Mobile Apps Notice Requirements Parental Consent Personally Identifiable Information Privacy Policy

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update -- Vol. 3, Issue 5 -- December 2012

In this issue of Socially Aware, our Burton Award-winning guide to the law and business of social media, we examine why social media marketing strategies should be concerned with clearing more than just copyrights; we revisit...more

12/6/2012 - COPPA Copyright FCRA Free Speech FTC Marketing Mobile Apps Social Media Trademarks

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