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Congress Putting Microscope on FTC Enforcement

On July 24, 2014, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing entitled, "The Federal Trade Commission and Its Section 5 Authority: Prosecutor, Judge and Jury." The purpose of the hearing was to...more

Antitrust-Related Recent Developments: Terrell McSweeny Confirmed as FTC Commissioner, Congress Holds Hearings and FTC/DOJ Policy...

On April 9, 2014, the U.S. Senate confirmed Terrell McSweeny to serve as FTC Commissioner. Commissioner McSweeny will join Commissioners Edith Ramirez and Julie Brill as the third Democratic member of the five-member Federal...more

The Download - February 2014

In this issue: - Heard on the Hill - Around the Agencies - White House Developments - Venable News - Excerpt from Heard on the Hill: Congress Holds Hearings on Preventing Data...more

White House Issues Cybersecurity Framework: “Phase I” Implementation Begins

On February 12, 2014, the White House unveiled its final Cybersecurity Framework 1.0 along with a new U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community (C3) Voluntary Program.” This capped...more

Congressional Committees Review Data Breaches, Potential Federal Responses

This week, several congressional committees held hearings to review recent data security breaches and related consumer privacy issues, particularly those related to consumer financial data and payment systems. Generally, the...more

NIST Issues Cybersecurity Framework 1.0 While Congress Increases Attention on Data Security and Cyber Crime

On Feb. 12, 2014, the National Institute for Standards and Technologies (NIST) released its final Cybersecurity Framework, meeting the one year deadline and anniversary of President Obama’s Executive Order and a Presidential...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - January 2014

In This Issue: - Ramifications of the Target Data Breach - California Federal Judge Winnows Down Massive Privacy Class Action - White House Launches “Big Data” Review - Senator Rockefeller Issues Data Broker...more

Restarting the Federal Data Privacy Law Engine

The recent data security breaches at Target, Niemen Marcus, and a few other retailers has been a catalyst to Congress restarting talks about a federal data privacy law. Currently, there are pending bills in both the House and...more

President Obama announces surveillance reforms: key points for businesses

In a speech that garnered worldwide attention, President Barack Obama has announced important reforms in the ways the US government will gather, store, use and retain signals-related information. These changes will quickly...more

The Download - October 2013

In this issue: - Heard On the Hill - House Bipartisan Working Group Considers Privacy Around the Agencies - New TCPA Rules Effective October 16, 2013 - FTC to Hold Workshop on Native Advertising - New HIPAA...more

Wow! Government Amends Red Flags Rule to Make it Narrower

Congress, FTC Restrict Definition of “Creditors” who must Adopt a Formal Plan to Prevent, Detect ID Theft In journalism, the adage goes, “man bites dog” is news. The regulatory equivalent should be “government amends...more

EPIC: Hearing on FTC Nominee Should Address FTC's Settlement Process for Privacy Violations

In a letter to the Senate Commerce Committee, EPIC has recommended that Congress require the Federal Trade Commission to consider more carefully the public's views on proposed privacy settlements. EPIC also recommended that...more

U.S. National Security Issues Posed by Chinese Telecommunications Companies Huawei and ZTE

Full text copy of "U.S. National Security Issues Posed by Chinese Telecommunications Companies Huawei and ZTE," the House Committee on Intelligence report that found “the risks associated with [Chinese telecom companies]...more

The Download - August 2012

In this issue: Heard on the Hill - Senate Commerce Ponders Self-Regulation - Senate Examines Facial Recognition Technology - Congress and the States Consider Legislation on Employer Access to Social Media...more

Patton Boggs' TechComm Industry Update - April 25, 2012

In This Issue: -FCC Meeting -Future of Video Programming -House Science Subcommittee Hearing: Avoiding the Spectrum Crunch -Chairman Genachowski to Appear Before Senate Appropriations -Incentive Auctions for...more

Obama Sets Out Privacy Framework; FTC and DAA Preview Privacy Priorities

The White House Report. On February 23, 2012, the White House released a report entitled Consumer Data Privacy in a Networked World: A Framework for Protecting Privacy and Promoting Innovation in the Global Digital Economy,...more

White House Announces New Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

Today the White House released its long-awaited Privacy Report in which it unveiled a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights intended to provide consumers with greater online privacy protection, and establish a blueprint...more

The Download: Developments In E-Commerce, Privacy, Internet Advertising, Marketing And Information Services Law And Policy –...

In this Issue: Marketplace Developments - DAA Announces Comprehensive Principles for Online Collection of Web Data Heard on the Hill - House Energy and Commerce Committee Continues to Debate...more

U.S. Senator Raises Concerns About New Technology That Tracks Shoppers’ Movements Using Their Cell phones

Over the Thanksgiving shopping weekend, two shopping malls in the U.S. were using “FootPath technology,” developed by British company Path Intelligence, to track shoppers’ movements by monitoring their cell phone signals. The...more

Advertising Law - December 8, 2011

In This Issue: Manatt Honored by The Association of Media & Entertainment Counsel as Law Firm of the Year; Sen. Rockefeller Targets Online Tracking for Hearing; FTC Extends Deadline for COPPA Comments; Pope Doesn’t Like...more

Federal “Do Not Track” Bill Introduced

When the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued its privacy report in December 2010, it discussed the possibility of providing consumers with a universal choice mechanism, that would permit or prevent the collection and use of...more

The Download - Developments In E-Commerce, Privacy, Internet Advertising, Marketing And Information Services Law And Policy -...

In this Issue: Around the Agencies • Federal Trade Commission Report on Privacy • Department of Commerce Issues Green Paper Concerning Commercial Data Privacy New Online Marketing Law • Congress Passes the Restore...more

Advertising Law - June 22, 2010

In This Issue: *Diet Supplement Manufacturer Settles False Claims Suit for $2.5 Million *FTC v. Kellogg, Part II *Groups Respond to Boucher’s Privacy Bill *Virginia Passes New Law on Promotions *Senate Commerce...more

Advertising Law - March 24, 2010

In This Issue: *Senate Confirms Two New FTC Commissioners *Lindsay Lohan Sues E-Trade Over "Milkaholic? Baby Ad *LifeLock Settles with FTC for $12 Million Over False Claims *Fees for NAD Challenges to Increase *Suit...more

Advertising Law - November 20, 2009

In This Issue: *Countdown to New FTC Endorsement and Testimonial Guides *Kellogg Discontinues Antioxidant Claim for Cereals *Facebook Awarded $711 Million Fine Against Spam King *Bill Would Require ISPs to Block...more

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