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FTC follows in CFPB footsteps with GLBA privacy notices

The FTC recently proposed amendments to its Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) rules requiring motor vehicle dealers to send their customers an annual privacy notice. The amendments would allow motor vehicle dealers to notify...more

FTC Follows in CFPB Footsteps with GLBA Privacy Notices

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently proposed amendments to its Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) rules requiring motor vehicle dealers to send their customers an annual privacy notice. The amendments would allow motor...more

Staying Out of the FTC’s Data Security Cross-Hairs

As the Federal Trade Commission acknowledges in a recent blog post, no company wants to discover that its data security practices are under federal investigation. Yet any company that collects, uses or maintains consumer data...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia: Competition and Consumer Protection (Updated)

COMPETITION AND CONSUMER PROTECTION - Australia has extensive competition and consumer laws dealing with, among other things, the promotion of competition and consumer protection. This section provides an introduction to...more

Federal Trade Commission Signals Intensified Focus on Security-By-Design and the Internet of Things With New Start with Security...

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently launched a new Start with Security initiative that aims to provide businesses with resources, education and guidance on best practices for data security. Announced by FTC Consumer...more

FTC Actions Highlight Pitfalls for Failing to Comply with the International Safe Harbor Privacy Frameworks

The Federal Trade Commission recently agreed to settle claims against two companies alleging that the companies were not abiding by the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor international privacy framework. While the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor...more

CPAs Need to Sharpen Awareness of IT Threats

In the most recent “North America Top Technology Initiatives Survey Results,” CPAs responding to the poll ranked “securing the IT environment” as the number-one priority, followed by “managing and retaining data,” “ensuring...more

A Primer on FTC Expectations for Your Partner and Vendor Relationships: Enforcement Shows You Are Your Brother’s Keeper

With all of the privacy and data security enforcement actions brought by the Federal Trade Commission in recent years, and with all of the guidance distributed by the FTC in that time frame, it is easy to get caught up in...more

First IoT Legal and Business Framework Webinar: Summary of Conclusions!

Thank you all for attending our webinar on the “Internet of Things Legal and Business Framework”. For those who could not attend, the main conclusions are summarized below...more

Dawn raids under scrutiny again by European Human Rights Court

ECtHR rules that French dawn raids in Vinci/GTM case breached fundamental rights - The European Court of Human Rights (the “ECtHR”) has ruled in the Vinci case that the circumstances surrounding the electronic removal of...more

Two Regulatory Crises

It strikes me that two civil regulators are facing dire attacks on aspects of their enforcement programs – both in different U.S. Courts of Appeals – at the same time. Both of these attacks arise out of generalized statutes...more

FTC Scrutinizes Two Companies For Falsely Reporting Compliance With E.U. Safe Harbor In Privacy Policies

On April 7, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that two companies have agreed to settle claims that the companies failed to update their privacy policies to reflect lapsed compliance with the U.S.-E.U. and...more

FTC Advises That Mergers Don’t Eliminate Privacy Promises of Acquired Companies

The FTC recently posted comments on its business blog about the responsibility of companies to comply with privacy representations made to prior customers on how the companies will collect, use or disclose personal...more

Net Neutrality: Fatal Regulation or Neutral Impact?

On February 26, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to adopt its Open Internet Order (Order). The Order reclassifies both wired and mobile “broadband Internet access service” as a “telecommunications...more

SIFMA Gets Its Cybersecurity-Antitrust Wish

I’m sure you remember SIFMA’s Principles for Effective Cybersecurity Regulatory Guidance, issued last October. I mean, you read about them right here. One of the principles was this: Principle 9: Information Sharing...more

Further encouragement for private enforcement of competition law: European Courts allow greater information about cartel conduct...

The details regarding cartel conduct contained in the decisions of the European Commission and national competition authorities are highly relevant to the follow-on cartel damages litigation that are now so common in Europe....more

Is Your Refrigerator Spying on You?

Door locks, cameras, fitness bracelets, home security, thermostats, refrigerators, utility meters, light bulbs, and cars. The list of the things and devices that can collect information about you and send it into the big...more

Energy & Commerce Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Data Security and Breach Notification; FTC Releases “Internet of Things” Report

Tuesday, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held its first hearing of the 114th Congress, entitled “What Are the Elements of Sound Data Breach Legislation?”...more

Navigating the Cyber Liability Storm - Part II

Franchisors are facing a precarious three-way intersection of increased accountability and regulation over consumer privacy, the growing volume and sophistication of cyber-attacks on consumer data, and the expanding...more

Navigating the Cyber Liability Storm Part I

Franchisors are facing a precarious three-way intersection of increased accountability and regulation over consumer privacy, the growing volume and sophistication of cyber-attacks on consumer data, and the expanding...more

Privacy Policies for Mobile Apps: One Size Does Not Fit All

Online privacy is a growing concern for us all. As a mobile app owner or developer, you must include a privacy policy in your app that details the information you collect from users and the manner in which that information is...more

Federal District Court Judge Orders Compulsory Mediation In FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp.

In 2012, the FTC sued Wyndham and three of its subsidiaries after hackers broke into Wyndham’s corporate computer system as well as systems at several of its individual hotels from 2008 to early 2010, resulting in exposure of...more

Cybersecurity Lessons Learned From the FTC’s Enforcement History

In 2014, cybersecurity and data breach incidents regularly made the headlines, with the reported breaches becoming increasingly large and complex. As in the past, these data breaches have inevitably been followed by a flurry...more

Advertising Law - December 2014 #3

FCC Proposes Online Disclosures for Broadcast Contests - The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a rule change that would allow broadcast stations to disclose on the Internet the material terms for contests...more

Certifying privacy compliance: Is TRUSTe sufficiently trusty?

People concerned about privacy often ask, “Who can you trust?” And thus it’s worrisome when even a trusted intermediary — indeed, a privacy certification provider named for trust, TRUSTe — turns out to have a trustworthiness...more

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