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FTC sued by blogger to release data security guidelines

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was sued this week by Philip Reitinger, a fellow blogger and former Deputy Undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He is now President of VisionSpear LLC, an information...more

Nomi FTC Settlement Highlights Risks of Publicizing Company Privacy Policies

A closely divided Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or the “Commission”) has signaled support for the agency’s recent focus on mobile device privacy. On April 23, 2015, the five-member Commission voted 3-2 to accept a proposed...more

FTC, State Regulators, and Apple Weigh in on RadioShack Customer Data Sale

RadioShack filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware bankruptcy court in February, seeking a court-supervised sale of $1.2 billion in assets. Included in the sale is a database of customer information from about 1,700...more

Self-Regulatory Ad Programs Get Updated with Enforcement of Mobile Guidance to Begin Sept. 1

The digital advertising industry’s decision to start enforcing its self-regulatory principles will mean that mobile platform advertisers and other entities will face additional consumer notification, data use, and data...more

FTC Commissioner Says That The FTC’s Data Privacy And Security Enforcement Authority Applies To The “Internet of Things”

In a keynote address at the European Data Protection Days conference on May 4, 2015, Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) Commissioner Julie Brill said that the FTC has enforcement authority under Section 5 of the FTC Act...more

Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t: Why The FTC’s Lack of Privacy Regulations May Lead Some Businesses To Abandon Best Data...

I chose to write my privacy law paper on the FTC and its seemingly limitless enforcement authority. Specifically, I argued that the FTC’s lack of clear regulations makes it difficult, if not impossible, for companies to be...more

FTC Ramps Up Scrutiny of Retail Location Analytics

To improve customer experience and understand customers’ movements and interactions on their premises, retailers, hotels and other brick-and-mortar businesses increasingly use signals from mobile devices to observe their...more

Consumer Privacy and Broadband: The Debate Begins

Privacy and data security are high priorities of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under the leadership of Chairman Tom Wheeler. In addition to significant enforcement actions against AT&T and TerraCom/YourTel that...more

Retail Tracking Firm Slammed with FTC Consent Order

The Federal Trade Commission last month announced a proposed consent order settling claims against Nomi Technologies, a third-party mobile tracking service that collects data about consumers' in-store shopping behavior. The...more

FTC Continues its Push to Regulate the Collection and Use of Location Information

Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had settled charges with Nomi Technologies, Inc. regarding its collection and use of information that could be used to track the movements of individuals through...more

A Primer on FTC Expectations for Your Partner and Vendor Relationships: Enforcement Shows You Are Your Brother’s Keeper

With all of the privacy and data security enforcement actions brought by the Federal Trade Commission in recent years, and with all of the guidance distributed by the FTC in that time frame, it is easy to get caught up in...more

FTC Settles with Retail Tracking Company that Made Privacy Policy Promises It Couldn’t Keep

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission announced its first settlement with a retail tracking company, resolving allegations that Nomi Technologies, Inc., a micro-location platform that provides analytics services to...more

Corporate E-Note - April 2015

In This Issue: - State Regulatory Boards Are Open to Antitrust Liability, Says the Supreme Court - USPTO Issues Patent Eligibility Guidelines…So Now What? - Bond Financing: The Best-Kept Secret For...more

TurboTax’s software maker Intuit on the hot seat for lax security measures to prevent tax fraud

Intuit, Inc., the maker of the software used by TurboTax customers to file electronic tax returns stopped its e-filing return program in February after receiving notices from multiple states that thousands of fraudulent tax...more

LabMD Litigation Updates

We have been following this case closely. On April 16, the administrative law judge in the FTC v. LabMD case denied LabMD’s request to exclude the FTC from introducing new evidence into the proceeding regarding how Tiversa...more

FTC Settles With Debt Brokers For Leaking Sensitive Consumer Information

On April 13, the FTC announced that two debt brokers agreed to settle two separate cases filed last year involving the leaking of over 55,000 consumers’ personal information. The brokers allegedly shared consumers’ personal...more

Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2015 Advances Despite Strong Criticism

On April 17, advocates in support of a federal data security and breach notification law achieved a victory when the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a bill supporting national legislation. The proposed Data...more

FTC Releases 2014 Annual Highlights Report

On April 15, the FTC released its 2014 Annual Highlights Report (Report), summarizing the FTC’s work during the prior year to protect consumers and promote competition in industries such as mobile technology, healthcare, and...more

Federal Regulators Expand Authority Over Data Security Issues: Recent Actions by FCC and FTC Underscore the Importance of...

Highly regulated industries such as banking and healthcare have been at the forefront with robust data security regulations for a number of years. Regulators are now focusing on other industries as data breach incidents...more

Beyond HIPAA: Connected Health Care and the Internet of Things

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Staff Report titled "Internet of Things: Privacy & Security in a Connected World," released in January 2015, continues to generate interest and questions about the regulation of health...more

UPDATE: FTC Plans Review of YouTube Kids App

As we predicted in our post late last month, Google’s YouTube Kids app has attracted more than just the “curious little minds” Google was hoping for. Yesterday, a group of privacy and children’s rights advocates (including...more

FTC Creates New Office To Investigate Consumer Technologies

On March 23, the FTC announced – via blog post – the formation of the Office of Technology Research and Investigation (OTRI), a newly formed research office within its Bureau of Consumer Protection....more

Privacy Bills Abound in Congress

Why it matters - From the President to Senators to Representatives, everyone in Washington, D.C. appears to be focused on privacy-related issues. Continuing his focus on cybersecurity, President Barack Obama signed an...more

Advertising Law - April 2015

Pink Cadillac Not Included: Mary Kay Sues Over “Fraudulent Couponing Scheme” - According to a new federal court complaint filed by Mary Kay, Inc., online deal site RetailMeNot has tricked consumers with a “fraudulent...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - March 2015

In This Issue: - Dismissal in P.F. Chang’s Data Breach Case Shows Challenge Plaintiffs Face in Such Actions - Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Decision Underscores the Need to Evaluate Insurance Programs for Cyber...more

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