Mercedes Kelley Tunstall

Mercedes Kelley Tunstall

Ballard Spahr LLP

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FTC Brings First ROSCA Enforcement Action

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently brought its first enforcement action under the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act (ROSCA) against multiple defendants that the FTC alleges engaged in a common enterprise to...more

10/23/2014 - Dietary Supplements Electronic Fund Transfer Act Enforcement Actions FTC Internet Retailers Retailers ROSCA Telemarketing Sales Rule Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

President Issues Executive Order to Improve Security of Federal Payment Systems

President Obama recently signed an executive order requiring federal agencies to improve the security of payment card transactions by upgrading to chip-and-PIN payment systems, which enable payments to be processed using an...more

10/23/2014 - Credit Cards Data Protection Executive Orders Financial Regulatory Reform Payment Systems

CFPB Issues Final Rule on Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Annual Privacy Notices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a final rule that amends Regulation P to allow financial institutions that meet certain requirements to deliver annual privacy notices to their customers using an...more

10/22/2014 - CFPB Gramm-Leach-Blilely Act Privacy Policy Regulation P Websites

Federal Financial Regulators Issue Warning on ‘Shellshock’ Security Vulnerability

The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) recently issued an alert warning financial institutions of a security vulnerability nicknamed “Shellshock” in software commonly used in servers and other...more

10/3/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection FFIEC Risk Assessment

FTC Reviewing Telemarketing Sales Rule

As part of a systematic review of its regulations, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking comment on a variety of issues relating to its Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR). The FTC is conducting the review “to determine...more

9/9/2014 - FTC Telemarketing Telemarketing Sales Rule

Calif. Law Does Not Bar Recording of Cell Phone Calls by Participants, Federal Court Rules

A California federal court recently ruled that the state’s call recording statute does not apply to cell phone call participants. This decision should help companies that record consumer calls for monitoring purposes defeat...more

8/14/2014 - Audio Recording Cell Phones Invasion of Privacy Surveillance

Massive Hacking Operation Further Reveals Weakness of Passwords

A small private cybersecurity firm recently revealed that a Russian computer hacking organization amassed more than 1.2 billion username and password combinations. The data was collected across a wide swath of websites, from...more

8/12/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Protection Hackers Passwords Popular Russia

FTC Combats ‘Cramming’ in Mobile Apps and Services

In a recently released staff report, the Federal Trade Commission makes several recommendations designed to reduce “mobile cramming.” Cramming occurs when consumers access or enroll in third-party services through a mobile...more

8/4/2014 - Advertising Cell Phones Cramming Enforcement FTC Mobile Apps Mobile Devices Mobile Payments Mobile Services Third-Party Wireless Devices Wireless Industry

Federal Bank Regulators Increase Focus on Cybersecurity

As banking regulators increase their focus on cybersecurity, they are taking steps to raise financial institutions’ awareness about the need for preparedness. On June 24, 2014, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination...more

7/14/2014 - Banks Cybersecurity FFIEC

U.S. Supreme Court Cell Phone Privacy Decision Deserves Employer Attention

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week in Riley v. California that police generally may not conduct a warrantless search of digital data stored on the cell phone of someone who has been arrested. The...more

6/27/2014 - Cell Phones Fourth Amendment Police Popular Riley v California SCOTUS Search Warrant

Supreme Court Sets Framework for Determining Software Patent Eligibility

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued an important opinion in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International regarding the patent eligibility of basic business methods covered in computer software patents. Writing for the unanimous...more

6/24/2014 - Alice Corporation Bilski CLS Bank CLS Bank v Alice Corp Mayo v. Prometheus Patent Litigation Patent-Eligible Subject Matter Patents Risk Mitigation SCOTUS Software

California Attorney General Releases Privacy Policy Guidance for 'Do Not Track' Disclosures

California Attorney General Kamala Harris recently released guidance, Making Your Privacy Practice Public, to help companies comply with the California Online Privacy Protection Act's (CalOPPA) "Do Not Track" (DNT) disclosure...more

5/28/2014 - CalOPPA Disclosure Requirements Do Not Track Enforcement Personally Identifiable Information Privacy Policy Websites

CFPB Proposes New Rules on Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Annual Privacy Notices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently published a proposed rule that would amend Regulation P to allow financial institutions, under certain circumstances, to deliver annual privacy notices to their customers...more

5/19/2014 - Banks CFPB Gramm-Leach-Blilely Act Notice Requirements Proposed Amendments Regulation P Right to Privacy

CFPB proposes new rule on GLBA annual privacy notice

The CFPB has published a proposed rule that would amend Regulation P to allow financial institutions that satisfy certain conditions to deliver annual privacy notices to their customers using an alternative online delivery...more

5/19/2014 - CFPB Data Protection GLBA Privacy Gramm-Leach-Blilely Act Regulation P

New York Department of Financial Services To Begin Cybersecurity Examinations of Financial Institutions

On May 6, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) will soon begin examining financial institutions for their cybersecurity preparedness. Governor Cuomo stated that,...more

5/9/2014 - Audits Bank Records Cybersecurity Data Breach Financial Institution Liability Information Governance Reporting Requirements

FTC Announces Settlements with Data Brokers over Alleged FCRA Violations

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced two more settlements with data brokers for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The settlements with Instant Checkmate, Inc., InfoTrack Information...more

4/11/2014 - Credit Reports Data Brokers Data Protection FCRA FTC

FCC Eases Some Standards for TCPA Consent Compliance Regarding Texting

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted two declaratory rulings that eased some standards for complying with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act's (TCPA) consent requirements regarding informational...more

4/2/2014 - Consent FCC TCPA Texting

FinCEN Rules on Status of Virtual Currency Miners and Investors as Money Service Businesses

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued two rulings regarding the status of virtual currency miners and investors as money service businesses (MSB) under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). The rulings address...more

2/7/2014 - Bank Secrecy Act Bitcoins FinCEN Money Services Business Virtual Currency

FTC Continues Aggressive FCRA Enforcement against Data Brokers

The Federal Trade Commission continues to aggressively enforce the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) against data brokers, as shown by its recent settlement with TeleCheck Services, Inc. The settlement requires TeleCheck to...more

1/24/2014 - Civil Monetary Penalty Data Brokers Data Protection Enforcement Enforcement Actions FCRA FTC Personally Identifiable Information

FTC Settles Nine Auto Dealer Deceptive Advertising Cases

The Federal Trade Commission announced last week that it had entered into proposed consent orders with nine auto dealers in six states that were charged with deceptive advertising in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act....more

1/15/2014 - Advertising Car Dealerships CLA False Advertising FTC Regulation M Regulation Z TILA

FTC Settles First FCRA Risk-Based Pricing Notice Enforcement Action

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced the settlement of its first enforcement action for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) risk-based pricing rule (Rule). The settlement demonstrates that...more

12/24/2013 - Compliance Enforcement Enforcement Actions FCRA FTC Risk-Based Approaches

Director Cordray confirms CFPB plans to examine credit card rewards programs

According to a Bloomberg report by Carter Dougherty, Director Cordray confirmed last week that the CFPB will be looking at credit card rewards programs. Director Cordray is reported to have indicated that the CFPB will be...more

11/21/2013 - CARD Act CFPB Credit Cards Disclosure Requirements Rewards Programs Richard Cordray

California Enacts New Website Disclosure Requirements

A new California law taking effect on January 1, 2014, will require any operator of a website or online service that collects personally identifiable information on state residents to include new do-not-track disclosures in...more

10/14/2013 - Disclosure Requirements Do Not Track Jerry Brown Privacy Laws Websites

TCPA Autodialer Limits Apply Only to Phone Systems with ‘Present Capacity,’ Alabama Federal Court Rules

An Alabama federal court recently ruled that the limits imposed by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) on the use of autodialers applied only to phone systems that had the “present capacity” to make autodialed calls...more

10/7/2013 - Robocalling Spam TCPA Telemarketing

CFPB Plans Continued Scrutiny of Credit Card Practices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a report on how the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 (CARD Act) has affected the consumer credit card market. The report describes the...more

10/3/2013 - CARD Act CFPB Credit Cards

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