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FTC Announces Office of Technology Research and Investigation

This week the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection announced a new office to bolster the technological expertise of the Bureau and the FTC regional offices handling law enforcement investigations. ...more

Data Privacy and Security Insider

Judge Paul Magnuson, who is presiding over the Target multi-district class action litigation in Minnesota, preliminarily approved the parties’ proposed settlement of the litigation involving the infamous breach affecting up...more

Advertising Law - March 2015 #5

Paying for Consumer Reviews Gets Company FTC Action - Accused of failing to disclose that it gave cash discounts to customers to post online reviews, AmeriFreight and owner Marius Lehmann agreed to a settlement with...more

Cross-Device Tracking: The New World

Facebook does it. Google does it. It’s everywhere in the mobile ad ecosystem. And your smartphone does it often than you know, according to a study released on Monday by Carnegie Mellon....more

Data privacy, security and breach notification bill passes through House subcommittee

A closely watched bipartisan national data privacy, security, and breach notification bill cleared a House subcommittee yesterday, sending it to the full House Energy and Commerce Committee for review. There have been many...more

FTC Creates New Office Focused on Privacy and Data Security

Earlier this week the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced the formation of the Office of Technology Research and Investigation within its Bureau of Consumer Protection. The office will succeed the Mobile Technology...more

Target Settles Consumer Data Breach Class Action for $10 Million

On Thursday, just three months after a district court judge in Minnesota denied Target’s motion to dismiss the consumer class action following the retailer’s massive 2013 data breach, the court granted preliminary approval of...more

The New Frontier in Interest Based Advertising: FTC Shifts Focus to Cross-Device Tracking

As consumers increasingly connect to the Internet using multiple devices—such as mobile phones, tablets, computers, TVs and wearable devices—advertising technology companies have rapidly developed capabilities to reach the...more

FTC Focuses on Emerging Technologies Amid Congressional Efforts to Expand Data Security Enforcement

Monday the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection (BCP) announced the creation of the Office of Technology Research and Investigation (OTRI), a new initiative focused on consumer protection in emerging...more

When is Data Security “Unfair”?

Data security is big news. And so is the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”). Put the two together in a crucible of litigation, and it is sure to be a blockbuster. That is what the closely-watched case FTC v. Wyndham, now...more

Alert: Federal Policy Developments Impacting Medical Technology Companies

Health care is always a major issue in Washington, DC but recently how to promote innovation in medtech has become a priority within that conversation. Thus far, 2015 has produced a major legislative initiative in the form of...more

Washington State Poised to Set the Bar for Data Encryption Standards and Breach Notification

On March 4, 2015, Washington State’s House of Representatives passed HB 1078, which would significantly tighten Washington’s current data breach notification requirements, currently codified at RCW 19.255.010. The bill has...more

Scope of FTC’s Authority to Enforce Cybersecurity is Questioned

authoOn March 3, the Third Circuit heard oral argument in FTC v. Wyndham, a case that is being closely followed by the privacy and data security community. Wyndham is challenging the Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”)...more

Federal and State Governments Respond to Recent Data Breaches and Propose New Cybersecurity Laws

Over the past few months, major retailers and Internet content providers, like Target and Sony, have been victims of massive cyber-attacks resulting in the release of customer credit card data, private corporate e-mails, and...more

Privacy Advocates Critical of Federal Consumer Privacy Bill

Last month, the White House released a “discussion draft” of its proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights of 2015, and so far it has received a cool reception. The bill recognizes that “[t]here is rapid growth in the...more

FCC Applies Section 222 to BIAS Providers, but Delays Specialized Rules

The Order does not forbear from applying Section 222 of the Act to broadband Internet access service (BIAS) providers. It did, however, forbear from applying its existing rules implementing Section 222, in recognition that...more

Privacy Tuesday - March 2015: Unpacking the Obama Administration’s Consumer Privacy Proposal

Taking another “step” toward developing comprehensive privacy legislation, the White House has released a discussion draft of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2015. The draft reflects the Fair Information Practice...more

Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

The White House released its much anticipated legislative proposal on the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act (CPBRA) that was first floated in 2012. The CPBRA, if enacted (which seems unlikely before 2016), would provide...more

White House Introduces Discussion Draft of Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights

Although most states have enacted some form of data privacy and breach notification laws, and certain federal statutory schemes cover specific industry sectors, there are no privacy protections for all personal data. Given...more

Is the FTC’s Authority Over Consumer Privacy About to Be Limited?

Historically, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been the most active federal regulator of data privacy and security. Since its creation, it has pursued hundreds of cases against companies that violated privacy statutes...more

Why You Need a Privacy Policy – Part 2: Avoiding Three Common Fumbles

In Part 1, we covered some basic privacy policy concepts. Here in Part 2, we address three problems associated with privacy policies in practice. 1. You Don’t Have One, But You Really Should - There is no...more

White House Issues Proposal for FTC-Regulated Data Privacy Protection

On February 27, 2015, the White House proposed legislation to protect consumers’ personal data and information that is collected and used by private companies and nonprofits. Federal and state governments and their agencies...more

The White House Released A Draft Consumer Privacy Bill Of Rights Act

On February 27, 2015, the White House released a discussion draft of its proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2015, which seeks to protect the privacy and security of individual consumers’ personal data. The...more

White House Offers First Look at Consumer Privacy Legislation

President Obama continued his push for privacy legislation by recently unveiling a draft Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act (“Draft Bill”). To move forward, the Draft Bill must be sponsored by a member of Congress and is...more

FTC Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Dutch Authority on Privacy Enforcement Cooperation

On March 9, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it executed a Memorandum of Understanding on privacy enforcement cooperation with the Dutch Data Protection Authority....more

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