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Ultrasonic Cross-Device Tracking: A Consumer Management Tool with FTC Warnings

A consumer’s television or computer may be emitting silent signals that her smartphone can hear, recognize and answer back, but the consumer can’t sense them at all. These signals are telling retailers about their customer’s...more

FCC Launches Proceeding to Rollback Net Neutrality

by Perkins Coie on

New developments: Since we published our update below, the FCC has adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to begin the process of rolling back the rules and regulatory framework for net neutrality...more

NIST Plans To Examine Internet of Things (IoT) For Its Cybersecurity Framework

by Dentons on

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is holding a Cybersecurity Framework Workshop this week at its headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss issues related to its...more

Senator To Propose ISP Consumer Privacy Bill

by King & Spalding on

On Friday, April 14, 2017, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced his plan to introduce a bill that would allow the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) to regulate consumer privacy protections regarding Internet service...more

Federal Trade Commissioner Criticizes Repeal Of FCC Privacy Rules

by King & Spalding on

On April 17, 2017, Federal Trade Commissioner Terrell McSweeny spoke at an event in Washington, D.C., hosted by New America’s Open Technology Institute about broadband privacy issues in the wake of the repeal of the Federal...more

FTC Launches Website to Help Small Businesses with Cyber Attacks

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on May 9, 2017, that it has launched a new website that “helps small businesses avoid scams and cyber-attacks.”...more

Mobile Marketing - The Legal Guardrails

by King & Spalding on

Dangerous Regulatory Landscape - ..Federal Law .TCPA .CAN-SPAM .FTC Regulations .FCC Regulations ..State Laws .Consumer Protection Statutes .Commercial Electronic Mail Acts .Privacy Torts... Please...more

Passing Data Between Retailers To Facilitate Transactions: A How-To Guide

by Bryan Cave on

Online retailers often learn information about a consumer that may be used by them to help identify other products, services, or companies that may be of interest to the consumer. For example, if a person purchases an...more

House Republicans Urge FCC To Protect Online Privacy

by King & Spalding on

In a letter to Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or the “Agency”) Chairman Ajit Pai, 50 Republicans in the House of Representatives urged the FCC to rectify the 2015 Open Internet Order’s reclassification of broadband...more

Ninth Circuit Grants FTC Request for Rehearing En Banc of AT&T Throttling Case, Setting Aside Earlier Opinion

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On May 9, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an order granting a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) request for rehearing en banc of the court’s earlier decision to dismiss an FTC case against AT&T...more

Federal court upholds FTC opinion applying TSR robocall consent requirement to calls made using soundboard technology

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A D.C. federal district court has rejected a trade group’s attempt to invalidate a November 2016 FTC opinion in which the agency concluded that outbound telemarketing calls made using soundboard technology are subject to the...more

EU Retail News - April 2017

by Bryan Cave on

Considering a Retail Merger? The UK Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") has published new commentary to inform companies on how it assess retail mergers. ...more

Reading the Tea Leaves: What Lies Ahead for Broadband Privacy Regulation?

On April 3, 2017, President Trump signed into law a rare Joint Resolution of Congress under the Congressional Review Act (“CRA”), which disapproved the Broadband Privacy Rules adopted late last year by then-Chairman Wheeler’s...more

Comply with Telemarketing Laws or Face the Consequences

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced its settlement with “the ring leader of telemarketing operations that blasted illegal robocalls to consumers and called phone numbers listed on the National Do Not...more

What’s the State of the Tech Industry? Trump Admin’s Repeal Means Broadband Net Providers and Tech Companies Now Face Consumer...

by Butler Snow LLP on

A recent repeal of federal consumer privacy rules has opened the door to potential sharing and use of sensitive, consumer data with only individual state privacy laws standing in the way....more

Geotargeting Medical Facilities? Massachusetts Says ‘No Snoop For You!’

by Morgan Lewis on

Geotargeting—delivering content to users based on their geographic location—has become a popular and effective marketing tool. Yet proper implementation may be more nuanced than originally contemplated because certain...more

TrustE Pays $100,000 with NYS for Failing to Protect Children’s Websites

On April 6, 2017, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (AG) announced that he has settled an investigation against TrustE for alleged violations of failing to adequately prevent illegal tracking technology on...more

Privacy Certification Program Settles COPPA Violations with NYAG

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Last week, True Ultimate Standards Everywhere, Inc. (“TRUSTe”) agreed to pay the New York Attorney General (“NYAG”) a $100,000 penalty, and beef up privacy measures, to settle alleged violations of the Children’s Online...more

Advertising Law - April 2017 #2

Business Supply Scam Operators Banned From Telemarketing - The Federal Trade Commission banned the operators of an office supply business from telemarketing pursuant to a settlement deal in Texas federal court. In...more

New York Attorney General Settles Claims against Three Health Apps

by Morgan Lewis on

Health app developers must be vigilant not only of federal laws, but of state laws as well. On March 23, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a settlement with developers of three health-related...more

New York Attorney General Enters Digital Health App and Privacy Enforcement Fray: Announces Three Settlements with Health and...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On March 23, the New York Office of the Attorney General (“NY OAG”) announced Assurances of Discontinuance (“Settlements”) with three developers of health and fitness mobile apps. The Settlements appear to mark the NY OAG’s...more

President Signs Law Overriding FCC Rules Regarding Online Privacy

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On April 3, 2017, the President signed into law a joint resolution that eliminates rules submitted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that would have required Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to get approval from...more

Congress Overturns FCC’s Broadband Privacy Order [Updated]

by Perkins Coie on

New development: President Trump signed the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval on April 3, 2017. The Federal Communications Commission is now prohibited from promulgating rules “substantially similar” to...more

Congress Overturns FCC’s Broadband Privacy Order

by Perkins Coie on

Following the U.S. Senate’s recent vote, the U.S. House of Representatives has now voted to overturn the FCC’s Broadband Privacy Order using the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Enacted in 1996, the CRA allows Congress to...more

Advertising Law - March 2017 #4

Ad Groups Push for FCC Privacy Rule Reversal - The drama surrounding the Federal Communications Commission's privacy rules continues. Part of an Order passed last year along party lines under former Chairman Tom...more

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