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"Big Data Enters the Agenda of EU Antitrust Authorities"

On May 10, 2016, the French Competition Authority and German Federal Cartel Office published “Competition Law and Data,” a joint report on big data and its implications for competition law. The paper identifies issues that...more

Children's Privacy Online: The Interplay Between Mobile Applications and the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act

The activities of children on the internet, whether via computers, smart phones, or tablets, have grown exponentially in recent history. As internet access for children increased, parents began losing control of the amount...more

Data Privacy Due Diligence: Questions to Consider in a Merger or Acquisition

The FTC can hold an acquirer responsible for the bad data security and privacy practices of a company that they acquire. Evaluating a potential target’s data privacy and security practices, however, can be daunting and...more

FTC: Data Security Primer for Small Businesses and Start-ups

The Federal Trade Commission will host a one day-conference in Chicago at Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law on June 15, 2016. This event will be the fourth of the FTC’s Start with Security Events nationwide, which build...more

Internet of Things: FTC Settlement Again Emphasizes the Need to Protect Consumers

On February 23, the FTC announced that computer hardware maker ASUSTeK Computer, Inc. agreed to settle charges that it allegedly failed to protect consumers as required by federal law. The announcement of this settlement is...more

The Digital Download - Alston & Bird’s Privacy & Data Security Newsletter – May 2016

Special Focus on “Safe Harbor 2.0,” Privacy Shield and E.U. Data Transfers: Alston & Bird’s privacy team has been closely following the development of Privacy Shield, the proposed successor to the E.U.-U.S. Safe Harbor...more

FTC Guidance: Update Privacy Disclosures to Keep Pace with Advances in Online Tracking

The Federal Trade Commission recognizes that many people benefit from companies’ online tracking by getting advertising that is more targeted to their preferences. However, as the technologies and techniques used by companies...more

Wave of the Future: Government Releases New Tool to Aid Medical App Developers Comply with HIPAA

This month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)...more

FTC Releases "Cheat Sheet" for Developing a Secure Mobile Health Application

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in partnership with other federal agencies, has released an online tool that provides developers legal guidance for the creation of mobile health applications (apps). Companies that are...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: April

Antitrust and competition - A welcome limitation on the investigatory powers of the Commission when requesting information from companies - On 10 March 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) set aside...more

FTC Releases 2015 Annual Highlights

On April 6, the FTC released its 2015 Annual Highlights report, which is comprised of four key sections: (i) enforcement; (ii) policy; (iii) education; and (iv) stats and data. Regarding enforcement highlights in 2015, the...more

“Multi-Agency Interactive Tool” Available for Developers of Health Apps

It seems as though 2016 may become the year that industry receives a plethora of helpful interactive portals from Federal Agencies. My colleague Matt Cohen recently reported on the existence of a new CPSC tool called The...more

What Net Neutrality Wrought: The FCC’s Proposed Broadband Privacy Rules

As previously promised in last year’s Open Internet Order, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the Commission) has released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comment on proposed privacy requirements for...more

2016 Mobile Data Privacy and Security Update and 2015 Review

To say that mobile device usage has reached a tipping point would be an understatement. There are now more mobile devices than people in the world, a staggering 7.9 billion mobile devices for 7.4 billion people on Earth. In...more

Advertising Law - March 2016 #4

FCC Releases Privacy Regime for ISPs - Creating a storm of controversy, the Federal Communications Commission released information about its privacy proposal for Internet service providers. Pursuant to the plan,...more

The Federal Trade Commission Issues Warning Letters To App Developers

On March 17, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced it had issued warning letters to twelve application (“app”) developers who installed in their apps software created by the company SilverPush that is capable...more

FTC signs MOU with Canada on Do Not Call and anti-spam enforcement activities

In a sign of increased cross-border cooperation for enforcement purposes, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications...more

FTC Launches Study of Assessment Process for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards

On March 7, the FTC announced a study of Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (“PCI DSS”) assessments – the audits required of certain merchants pursuant to rules imposed by payment card brands such as Visa and...more

FTC issues warning to app developers about use of microphone software—it monitors consumers’ TV use without their knowledge

Most people don’t think about the microphone on their mobile phone unless it isn’t working. Most people don’t know that if it is on, it is working all of the time and is capturing private data that it has access to....more

Health Update - March 2016

Liberating Data to Enable Healthcare Market Transparency: A Guide for Regulators and Policymakers - Editor's Note: We are on the cusp of a transparency revolution in which consumers will have the data and tools to make...more

EU Commission Releases First Findings on Geo-Blocking in E-Commerce Sector Inquiry

On 18 March, the European Commission (Commission) published its initial findings on geo-blocking in the framework of its ongoing antitrust sector inquiry into e-commerce. The findings are based on responses to questionnaires...more

No consensus on Privacy Shield following debate on adequacy

The EU-US Privacy Shield remains a hotly debated issue. At a meeting at the European Parliament last week, it became evident that significant areas of disagreement remain between the European Commission, the European...more

FTC Announces Study of PCI-DSS Assessment Companies

On Monday, March 7 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a press release announcing that it had issued Orders to nine Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) companies, which are certified to assess whether or not entities...more

FTC issues 9 orders for PCI DSS compliance assessment information

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued orders to 9 companies at the beginning of this week, seeking information on how each company conducts Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) compliance assessments....more

FTC Requests Auditors’ Data on PCI Data Security Assessments

Earlier this week, the FTC issued orders to nine credit card and payment security auditors in an effort to gain insight into data security compliance auditing and its role in protecting consumers’ information and privacy....more

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