In April, the FTC settled its privacy-related enforcement action against...more
Food labeling and advertising is a hot topic these days — from whether genetically modified ingredients should be disclosed to when and how companies can make the claims that their products are “all natural.” How companies...more
It reads more like a spy thriller than a news story. Employees of the U.S. subsidiary of a global technology and media company log on to their computers one Monday morning and are greeted with the menacing figure of a neon...more
Michael Jordan is one of America’s most revered and iconic professional athletes. He spectacularly led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships, was named league MVP for five years and, off the court, reached a...more
The right of oblivion (le droit a l’oubli) has a distinctly French air, perhaps more reminiscent of existentialist philosophy than of legal codes. That right, though, is enshrined in French law, providing convicted criminals...more
Companies with online sites and services that expressly target a young audience, such as websites and mobile apps providing entertainment, games or educational enrichment specifically oriented toward children, should already...more
Of all of the numbers that are part of your daily personal life, which are important enough to keep private?
Your Social Security number? Definitely. Your date of birth? Maybe — depending on how cautious (and how old)...more
President Barack Obama recently announced the administrtion’s BuySecure initiative. At a meeting at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Oct. 17, the president outlined the program, aimed at increasing the security of...more
Earlier this month, Apple unveiled Apple Watch, perhaps the most hotly anticipated product debut in the burgeoning market for wearable technology.
Apple’s website displays the watch in its various elegant incarnations...more
Mobile marketing is the new frontier, and many companies across many industries are increasingly using technology to communicate with consumers through text messaging. As mobile campaigns proliferate, so do class actions...more
In recent weeks, a Texas woman — formerly the object of unwanted prurient online attention — made national headlines when she sued Facebook for the staggering sum of $123 million for the social media giant’s role in hosting...more
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved iKeepSafe as a self-regulatory "safe harbor" program under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The FTC's COPPA Rule requires, among other things, that online...more
Every now and then The Nine agree on something. Among the unanimous rulings the U.S. Supreme Court issued in the final stretch this year was Riley v. California, which held that law enforcement officials may not make a...more
As the White House report on big data indicates, an enormous amount of information is collected, stored, analyzed and relayed in digitized form over the Internet and, increasingly, using mobile technology.
Suddenly, big data is everywhere. Whether it’s the controversy created by Edward Snowden’s release of classified documents from the National Security Agency, which put a glaring spotlight on the U.S. government’s collection...more
Kamala Harris, the California Attorney General, recently released guidance for complying with California's new Do Not Track requirements which took effect January 1, 2014....more
Snapchat, a mobile app that lets users send photos and videos that self-destruct within ten seconds, settled FTC charges relating to the app's ephemeral message feature and the app's data collection and security features....more
Caught off guard by the very public outing in December 2013 of a data breach compromising the credit and debit card numbers of 40 million of its customers and affecting the personal information of 70 million more, Target...more
Following the adoption of a California law protecting minors under the age of 18 online, Delaware has now introduced House Bill 261, which would add a new section called the Child Online Protection Act to Title 6 of the...more
The red bull’s-eye. Even shoppers that don’t frequent Target know the retailer’s ubiquitous logo.
But what many holiday shoppers — both loyal Target customers and casual visitors to the trendy discount store — didn’t...more
Kamala Harris, California's Attorney General, issued a set of recommendations for preventing and responding to cyber attacks and security breaches. The recommendations, called Cybersecurity in the Golden State, are directed...more
The FTC posted on its website an updated version of its COPPA FAQs. (The FTC amended its COPPA Rule in December 2012, which we summarized in this Alert.) The deadline for complying with the amended COPPA Rule is July 1, 2013....more
The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amended version of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), with a 288-127 vote. The current version of CISPA (H.R. 624) would provide private-sector companies...more
At the International Association of Privacy Professionals' annual privacy conference last week, FTC senior attorney Mamie Kresses discussed the new liability concerns for operators of websites and services due to the recent...more