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Don’t be a Jerk

Last week the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) charged the operators of Jerk.com with harvesting personal information from Facebook to create profiles for more than an estimated 73 million people, where they could not be...more

FTC Provides Guidance On Obtaining Parental Consent Under COPPA

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has recently responded to three applications seeking approval for new methods for obtaining parental consent under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule....more

FTC v. Jerk.com: Did the FTC’s “Jerk.com” Complaint Just Turn API Terms into Federal Law?

The Federal Trade Commission’s announcement earlier this week that it had filed a complaint against Jerk, LLC and its websites like “jerk.com” (“Jerk”) looks at first glance like a run-of-the-mill FTC Section 5 enforcement...more

Advertising Law

COPPA + State Law = Privacy Protection for Teens - How does the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) interact with state law privacy protections for teens? According to amicus briefs filed by both...more

FTC Announces Settlements for Mobile App Security Issues

On March 28, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced settlements with Fandango, LLC and Credit Karma, Inc. resolving charges that the companies misrepresented the security of their mobile apps in violation of...more

#SMH-butnotacontestorsweepstakes – Check Your Online Promotion Hashtag Or Face Scrutiny From The FTC

As we have reported before, the Federal Trade Commission requires the disclosure of any “material connection” offered in exchange for an online endorsement or post in their Online Endorsement Guidelines. Now, they are...more

EU makes waves by casting the net of neutrality

On Thursday 3 April 2014, the European Parliament voted to adopt net neutrality. The principle of net neutrality is that all data on the internet is to be treated equally, regardless of platform, application, source or user....more

FTC Sends Message: Make Your Mobile App Secure

Mobile payments have become so commonplace that consumers rarely stop to think about whether their online payment is secure. Mobile app developers can fall into a similar trap of assuming that the necessary security measures...more

The Utility And Risk Of Mobile Device Tracking

Americans are becoming increasingly dependent on mobile devices, such as smart phones. These devices allow us to remain in constant contact with our family, friends, and colleagues. Moreover, the use of these devices is...more

FTC Expands Focus on Tracking and Use of Consumers’ Location Data

Over the past few years, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has provided guidance regarding mobile platforms and app providers’ practices of collecting data about consumers’ locations through their mobile devices, with a...more

Advertising Law

FDA “Dislikes” Drug Company’s Facebook Page - Switzerland-based IBSA Institut Biochimique SA recently got a thumbs-down from the Food and Drug Administration over a Facebook ad for its hypothyroidism drug, Tirosint,...more

Kid Gamers: Safe Harbors for Video Game Providers

As online social gaming becomes more pervasive in the lives of children today, it is vital for video game providers to understand and comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (“COPPA Rule”). The COPPA...more

FTC Cracks Down on False Advertising in Dietary Supplements

Supplements making claims regarding diabetes, genetically customized nutritional benefits, and weight loss are slammed for false advertising. Recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforcement activities—including a...more

FTC: No Need to Approve iVeriFly's Proposed Alternative COPPA Consent Method - Proposal is Merely a Variation on Methods COPPA...

Under the provisions of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule that invite proposals for new mechanisms for obtaining the verifiable parental consent required to collect, use and disclose personal...more

FTC Calls for National Data Security Standards as Proposed Legislation Stalls

In congressional testimony, the Federal Trade Commission’s Chairwoman, Edith Ramirez, recently reiterated the FTC’s call for stronger data security laws, while federal legislation concerning data security and breach...more

Advertising Law - Feb 21, 2014

In a First, Dreft Sponsors—And Tweets About—Jonas Baby - In what appears to be the first endorsement for a celebrity baby birth, Dreft laundry detergent announced the arrival of the first born child of Kevin Jonas, the...more

FTC to Hold Seminar on Mobile Device Tracking

Mobile apps and consumer privacy continue to be hot issues for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). On February 19, 2014, the FTC staff will hold an open seminar on privacy and related issues raised by mobile tracking...more

FTC Approves Another COPPA Safe Harbor Program

The FTC has announced its unanimous approval for the kidSAFE Seal Program proposed by Samet Privacy, LLC under the “safe harbor” provision of the COPPA Rule (the “kidSAFE Seal Program”). The Commission’s decision comes after...more

Advertising Law - Feb 6, 2014

High-Profile Mistake Could Cost Data Brokers: Could a recent marketing error by OfficeMax impact the entire data-driven marketing industry? The company sent a mailer addressed to “Mike Seay, Daughter Killed in...more

Ten Legal Practice Tips: Developing and Distributing Apps

Apps likely contain several elements of intellectual property. Protect copyrights, patents and trade secrets as you would in other software projects (employee and contractor agreements, copyright registrations, trademark...more

Advertising Law - Jan 29, 2014

Shape Magazine Should “Clearly and Conspicuously” Disclose Branded Content, Says NAD - Keeping a close eye on native advertising, the National Advertising Division recently reviewed an article in Shape magazine that...more

Eye on Privacy - January 2014

In this issue: - FTC Settlement with Flashlight App Requires Extensive Disclosures Outside of the Privacy Policy to Collect and Share Geolocation Information - GAO and Senate Commerce Committee Release Studies...more

Privacy Policies: How To Communicate Effectively with Consumers

Summary - This paper discusses the regulatory and judicial consequences to your business of failing to make sufficiently clear, accurate and comprehensible privacy disclosures; reports common problems with privacy...more

Advertising News & Analysis - January 23, 2014

In this issue: - Former BCP Director Discusses how FTC Picked its Fights - Court Pierces the Veil on Anonymous Online Reviews - FTC Finds Green Diaper Claims Don’t Hold Water - A Warning Letter is...more

FTC Announces Settlement Over In-App Purchases By Minors

On January 15, the FTC announced that a major mobile technology company agreed to resolve allegations that it violated Section 5 of the FTC Act by failing to inform account holders that entering their password on their mobile...more

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