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

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

Unique Privacy Concerns for Mobile Apps [Video]

With the rise of BaaS (or Backend as a service) platforms, it is easier than ever to create a mobile app on the fly. But Fenwick privacy co-chair Tyler Newby advises that companies should be aware of some important privacy...more

Buying Competitor's Names As Keywords Does Not Violate Wisconsin's Privacy Law

A personal injury law firm can buy search terms using the names of a competing law firm’s partners without violating Wisconsin’s privacy laws because the use of the names is “non-visible,” an appellate court found. The...more

Trust in On-Line Advertising

It’s no surprise that people trust online reviews from consumers more than traditional advertisements. After all, advertisements are created by the company selling a product of service, whereas third party reviews are by...more

FTC Report Outlines New Privacy Framework For Handling Consumer Data

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a report in March 2012 setting forth best practices for businesses to protect the privacy of American consumers and give them greater control over the collection and use of their...more

Freeman, et al. v. Quicken Loans, Inc.: Supreme Court Declines To Expand Consumer Protections Beyond Congress’ Exact Words

Freeman, et al. v. Quicken Loans, Inc.: Supreme Court Declines To Expand Consumer Protections Beyond Congress’ Exact Words. The Freeman decision demonstrates that administrative agencies cannot expand federal consumer...more

Debt Collection To Be Regulated by CFBP

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Regulate consumer debt "collection agencies"...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

What can I do if a debt collector is reporting a debt to credit bureaus that I dispute?

Have you started getting collection calls or collection letters for a debt that you do now owe? Were you the victim of identity theft? Have you discovered items on your credit report that aren't yours? Are you having...more

3 Recent Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Cases Worth Noting

Three recent Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) cases decided over the last couple of months are worth looking at because they show the following points, respectively: (1) the CFAA in its current form does not give...more

Will France adopt a law requiring the notification of security breaches? (by Marie-Andrée Weiss & Cédric Laurant)

A French bill “to better guarantee the right to privacy in the digital age” has implemented the European Directive 2009/136/EC by requiring the data controller to inform the “Data Protection Correspondent” (a person within an...more

La France va-t-elle se doter d’une loi rendant obligatoire les notifications des violations de sécurité ? (par Marie-Andrée Weiss...

La proposition de loi française “visant à mieux garantir le droit à la vie privée à l’heure du numérique” transpose la Directive 2009/136/CE en obligeant les responsables de traitements de données à caractère personnel...more

Are ‘Clouds’ Located Outside the European Union Unlawful? (by Marie-Andrée Weiss & Cédric Laurant)

A central aspect of every cloud service contract is the security of data processing. It is therefore important, if only for liability reasons, that responsibility for specific security measures be clearly assigned. This can...more

Canada May Soon Have a Data Breach Law (by Marie-Andrée Weiss & Cédric Laurant)

Canadian Industry Minister Tony Clement introduced a bill on May 25, the Safeguarding Canadian’s Personal Information Act (C-29), which would amend Canada’s national privacy legislation, the Personal Information and...more

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