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Learning from Venmo’s Compliance Issues: How to Avoid Inadequate Privacy Disclosures

PayPal, the company responsible for the popular mobile payments app, Venmo, recently agreed to voluntarily bolster its privacy and security disclosures—and pay a $175,000 penalty—in response to an enforcement action brought...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

FTC Increases Maximum Civil Penalties for HSR Act, COPPA, and Other Violations from $16,000 to $40,000

On June 30, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued an interim final rule that substantially increases the maximum civil penalties for violations of the competition and consumer protection laws enforced by the FTC...more

Does Your Organization Collect Geo-Location Information?

Smartphones, smartphone apps, websites, and other connected devices (e.g., “wearables”) increasingly request that consumers provide their geo-location information. Geo-location information can refer to general information...more

House Homeland Security Committee Holds Hearing On 2015 Cybersecurity Act

On June 15, 2016, the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies held a hearing to examine industry perspectives on the implementation of the Cybersecurity Act...more

NTIA Multistakeholder Process Finalizes General Privacy Guidelines for Commercial Facial Recognition Use

We’ve previously blogged about the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) privacy multistakeholder process to address concerns associated with the emerging commercial use of facial recognition...more

Latest FTC Privacy Action Looks Carefully at Geolocation Promises

A mobile device’s geolocation can be passed to apps and ad networks through various application programming interfaces (APIs) provided by Android or iOS, but there are other ways to determine a consumer’s location using...more

DHS and DOJ Release Updated Guidance for Sharing Cyber Threat Indicators and Defensive Measures

On June 15, in response to feedback from non-federal entities on guidance released in February, the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice (DOJ) issued updated guidance for companies about sharing cyber threat...more

Governor Signs Student Data Privacy Law

On June 9, 2016, Governor Malloy signed into law Public Act 16-189, “An Act Concerning Student Data Privacy” (the “Act”), which ushers in sweeping changes to the protection and use of student data. As schools increasingly...more

How to Comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

There are relatively few restrictions on collecting information from children offline. Efforts to collect information from children over the internet, however, are regulated by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act...more

What to Consider When Drafting or Reviewing a Privacy Policy

Although financial institutions, health care providers, and websites directed to children are required to create consumer privacy policies under federal law, other types of websites are not. In 2003, California became the...more

Changes to EU Privacy Law: the General Data Protection Regulation

On 27 April 2016, following a prolonged legislative process over some four years, the European Council and Parliament finally adopted a new data protection law: the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR was...more

What to Consider When Purchasing a Privacy Certification

Privacy certifications, or "trustbrands," are seals licensed by third parties for organizations to place on their homepage or within their privacy policy. The seals typically state, or imply, that the organization which has...more

FTC Staff Tackle FCC Privacy Rules in Public Comment

As the Federal Communications Commission sifts through over 50,000 comments received in response to its proposed broadband privacy rules, the Federal Trade Commission’s comments are likely to stand as a highlight. In a...more

Recommendations for Evaluating Your Organization’s Use of Social Media

The majority of organizations utilize social media to market their products and services, interact with consumers, and manage their brand identity. Many mobile applications and websites even permit users to sign-in with their...more

What's New with HIPAA?

A number of new developments have taken place related to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security compliance, and enforcement is increasing. Healthcare providers, health plans and other...more

California Court Refuses to Dismiss Biometric Privacy Suit against Facebook

The District Court for the Northern District of California recently issued what could be a very significant decision on a number of important digital law issues. These include: the enforceability of “clickwrap” as compared...more

Employers Face Exposure for Cyberbreaches

A newly filed lawsuit in California and a recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit serve as reminders to employers that the protection of sensitive employee information from cyberthreats remains...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 7, Issue 3

How To Protect Your Company’s Social Media Currency - Today’s companies compete not only for dollars but also for likes, followers, views, tweets, comments and shares. “Social currency,” as some researchers call it, is...more

How to Design a Document Retention Policy

Data minimization can be a powerful – and seemingly simple – data security measure. The term refers to retaining the least amount of personal information necessary in order for an organization to function. Less information...more

Do You Need Cyber Insurance or Will Your CGL Policy Be Enough?

In Travelers Indemnity Co. of America v. Portal Healthcare Solutions, LLC, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reverses the recent trend of insurance companies avoiding any liability for data breaches under commercial general...more

Data Breach Suit Covered Under CGL Policy

Earlier this month in an unpublished opinion, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals found that Travelers Indemnity Company of America (“Travelers”) had a duty to defend its insured against a data breach suit under the terms of...more

Privacy Issues to Consider When Developing a Mobile App

Many of the most popular mobile apps collect personally identifiable information. Although most app developers are not required to display a privacy policy under federal law, they are contractually required to do so pursuant...more

Analysis of the FCC’s Proposed Broadband Privacy Regulations

As we highlighted in a post last month, the FCC has proposed sweeping new privacy rules on broadband providers. Since our last post, the FCC has released its proposal in the form of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. ...more

Fourth Circuit Rules GL Insurer Has Duty To Defend Data Breach Claim

In a brief, unpublished decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed a ruling that Travelers must defend Portal Healthcare Solutions in an underlying lawsuit involving the disclosure of confidential...more

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