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Mobile Health App Developers Under Fire for Misleading Claims and Irresponsible Privacy Practices

by Dechert LLP on

Mobile health apps are becoming more and more popular as a tool for consumers in maintaining healthy lifestyles. However, there is a growing concern that the health-related benefits are being over-stated by mobile health app...more

Judge Finds Standing Based on Spokeo in TCPA Class Action

Last week, on March 22, 2017, U.S. District Judge Marcia G. Cooke, a Florida federal judge, determined that Ray Mohamed had standing in his proposed class action against Off Lease Only Inc. (Off Lease) for alleged violations...more

More Broken Privacy Promises from Upromise: Key Takeaways From Upromise’s Latest Settlement with the FTC

“Don’t make promises that you don’t intend to keep” is an admonishment received by every child and delivered by every parent. This pithy maxim is equally applicable to consent orders entered into with regulatory authorities....more

Federal Court Serves Up Big Win for Email Marketers in Spam Lawsuit

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

A recent decision in Silverstein v Keynetics, Inc. et al, by a federal judge in the Northern District of California has provided a glimmer of hope to email marketers that the seemingly limitless reach of California’s...more

In re Nickelodeon Consumer Privacy Litigation: An IP Address is Not Always Personally Identifiable Information

What’s the Case About? In re Nickelodeon Consumer Privacy Litigation is a multi-district consolidated class action filed on behalf of children under the age of thirteen alleging that Viacom used child directed websites it...more

Facebook v. Vachani – User Authorization Can Be Revoked By Service Providers

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently issued a decision that could have far reaching implications for the relationships between companies that provide online services, their customers or users, and third...more

Advertising Law - June 2016 #2

Dietary Supplement Makers Reach Deal With FTC - The makers of a dietary supplement touted to help users lose weight and aid with the symptoms of menopause settled with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that their...more

Monitoring Employee Communications: A Brave New World

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Over the last decade, communication via email and text has become a vital part of how many of us communicate in the workplace. In fact, most employees could not fathom the idea of performing their jobs without the use of...more

Disappearing Act Fails – Maryland Attorney General and FTC “snap” back at Snapchat

by Ifrah PLLC on

Recently, the Maryland Attorney General’s Office announced that it reached a settlement with Snapchat, Inc. over alleged deceptive trade practices in violation of Maryland law and violations of federal laws that are intended...more

Privacy Causes of Action

by Riveles Wahab LLP on

An outline of privacy law that cites to potential causes of action, whether common law or statutory, with a focus on New York law....more

Taking Legal Control Of The Company Social Media Account

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

What happens when the employee who set up the company’s LinkedIn account leaves? ...more

Who Owns an Employee’s LinkedIn Account?

LinkedIn is a social media site catering exclusively to professionals with 200 million registered users in 200 countries. For many businesses, marketing via social media is a critical component to success. Employees use...more

Enforceable On-Line Terms of Service

If your company uses a browsewrap license agreement on your website, it may not be legally binding on site visitors. That’s the message from a recent case, In re Zappos.com Inc., Customer Data Security Breach Litigation,...more

Mobile App Privacy Developments In California

The Attorney General of California has begun sending non-compliance letters to mobile app developers who are not complying with the State’s privacy laws because their apps do not have a privacy policy. The apps targeted are...more

FTC. v. Wyndham Litigation

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has been active in recent years pursuing companies that suffer data security breaches and arguably failed to live up to the data security standards promised in their privacy policies....more

Mobile App Privacy Developments In California

The Attorney General of California has begun sending non-compliance letters to mobile app developers who are not complying with the State’s privacy laws because their apps do not have a privacy policy. The apps targeted are...more

FTC. v. Wyndham Litigation

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has been active in recent years pursuing companies that suffer data security breaches and arguably failed to live up to the data security standards promised in their privacy policies....more

Reducing Cyber Risk

The European perspective on managing cyber risk is valuable for US companies operating internationally and also as risk management guidance when operating in the US. Recently, an arm of the UK Government Communication...more

Who’s Liable For Vendor’s CAN-SPAM Violation?

The CAN-SPAM act sets legal rules for commercial E-Mail and includes various provisions that apply to “any electronic mail message the primary purpose of which is the commercial advertisement or promotion of a commercial...more

Data Privacy And Protection Efforts Start With A Company Policy, But Don’t End There

If your company has a data privacy policy in place, make sure you live up to its provisions. Failure to do so makes it more likely that the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) will pursue an enforcement action against the...more

Google Privacy Violation Alleged, Leads To FTC Settlement

Google’s business model is based on delivering relevant search results and, increasingly, relevant ads to those who use its products. In order to do so, Google needs to know a user’s search history since search history and...more

Google Privacy Violation Alleged, Leads To FTC Settlement

Google’s business model is based on delivering relevant search results and, increasingly, relevant ads to those who use its products. In order to do so, Google needs to know a user’s search history since search history and...more

FTC Consent Order Requires Myspace Privacy Assessments for 20 Years: How Can You Keep the FTC Out of Your Space?

Once again, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a warning to companies with online privacy policies: if your privacy policy misrepresents protection of users’ personal information either directly or indirectly, you...more

What Are Your Jurors Doing on the Internet?

by Christopher Hopkins on

Reconsider how you select a jury by considering these tips and statistics on how your potential jurors use the internet....more

In The Matter of "Verizon Wireless"

Complaint, Request for Investigation, Injunction, and Other Relief

EPIC Files Complaint, Urges FTC to Investigate Verizon's Recent Changes to Privacy Practices EPIC filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging that Verizon Wireless has engaged in unfair and deceptive...more

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