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Snowden's Legacy: Safe Harbor under fire at the CJEU

This week the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) heard a case that could destabilise data flows between the US and EU under the EU-US Safe Harbor Decision. In Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner (C-362/14),...more

California Senator Introduces Bill To Protect Privacy Of Mobile Device Users' GPS Data

A bill introduced in the California Senate by Senator Mark Leno is designed to help consumers make more informed decisions about their privacy when installing new smartphone or tablet apps that track their location using GPS....more

No Purchase Necessary: Six Tips for Making Sure Your Online Prize Promotion is not an Illegal Lottery

The Federal Trade Commission’s recent $9.5 million judgment against sweepstakes operator Crystal Ewing is a stark reminder that prize promotions remain fertile ground for regulatory scrutiny both on the state and federal...more

Advertising Law - March 2015 #5

Paying for Consumer Reviews Gets Company FTC Action - Accused of failing to disclose that it gave cash discounts to customers to post online reviews, AmeriFreight and owner Marius Lehmann agreed to a settlement with...more

Cross-Device Tracking: The New World

Facebook does it. Google does it. It’s everywhere in the mobile ad ecosystem. And your smartphone does it often than you know, according to a study released on Monday by Carnegie Mellon....more

UK Regulator Announces Its Approach to Financial Promotions in Social Media

On March 13, the UK regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published finalized guidance on its supervisory approach to financial promotions in social media (the “Guidance”). The range of social media within the...more

FTC Creates New Office Focused on Privacy and Data Security

Earlier this week the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced the formation of the Office of Technology Research and Investigation within its Bureau of Consumer Protection. The office will succeed the Mobile Technology...more

CRTC Issues $48,000 Fine for Technical Violation of CASL

Following up on its recent $1.1MM CASL enforcement action against Quebec executive training firm Compu-Finder, the CRTC announced today that it has entered into an undertaking with online dating service operator Plenty of...more

Online Dating Site Hit with Anti-Spam Law Fine

On the heels of issuing its first Notice of Violation under Canada’s Anti-spam Legislation (CASL) earlier this month, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced today that Plentyoffish...more

Canadian Competition Bureau Steps Up Enforcement Efforts, Including First CASL-Related Proceeding

Although Canada’s Competition Bureau (Bureau) has been focused the past year on enhancing its advocacy and competition compliance roles, the Bureau has also demonstrated its continued willingness to use formal investigative...more

When Is “Payment Authorization” the Same as a “Payment”? Seventh Circuit Weighs In

A divided Seventh Circuit found that the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), 15 U.S.C. § 1601 et seq., requires mortgage servicers to credit online electronic payments on the day the customer authorizes the payment, despite not...more

The New Frontier in Interest Based Advertising: FTC Shifts Focus to Cross-Device Tracking

As consumers increasingly connect to the Internet using multiple devices—such as mobile phones, tablets, computers, TVs and wearable devices—advertising technology companies have rapidly developed capabilities to reach the...more

Health Update - March 2015

Supporting Informed Decision Making in the Health Insurance Marketplace: A Progress Report - Editor’s note: As Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation moves forward and the marketplace continues to evolve, there is a...more

Cyberspy thriller with an unclear ending

It reads more like a spy thriller than a news story. Employees of the U.S. subsidiary of a global technology and media company log on to their computers one Monday morning and are greeted with the menacing figure of a neon...more

Five Vital Questions on the Implications of UK Law on Social Media

Chevy Kelly: In your opinion, what are the top three legal risks that organizations in the United Kingdom face when engaging in social media? Sue McLean: Compliance with relevant advertising and marketing rules is a...more

While FDA’s Proposed e-Cigarette Rule is Pending, FTC Mulls Enforcement Action

Ahead of finalizing FDA’s tobacco products “deeming” rule, the FTC considers taking enforcement action against e-cigarette firms for violative advertising, marketing, and sales practices....more

Privacy Tuesday – March 2015: COPPA Refresh

On Friday, the FTC published updates to the COPPA FAQs, the Commission’s compliance guide for businesses and consumers, to address the applicability of COPPA and the Amended COPPA Rule to educational institutions and...more

Alert: Website Terms and Conditions: A Call for Clarity

The UK House of Commons has highlighted the need for clarity of website terms and conditions in order to allow users to provide their "informed consent" to the terms....more

California Appellate Court Takes on Proposition 65 Warning Triggers

Auburn Courthouse Prop 65Recent attempts to modify California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, Proposition 65, have been the work of the California Legislature. (See A Sane Tweak To Proposition 65 and...more

Appellate Court Gets It Right: Realistic Product Use Data Can Be Used by Businesses to Defend Lawsuits

California’s First District Court of Appeal issued a unanimous and potentially far-reaching and precedent-setting decision on March 17, 2015, siding with businesses in our defeat of a lawsuit that sought to require cancer and...more

FTC Focuses on Emerging Technologies Amid Congressional Efforts to Expand Data Security Enforcement

Monday the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection (BCP) announced the creation of the Office of Technology Research and Investigation (OTRI), a new initiative focused on consumer protection in emerging...more

SCOTUS Will Hear Arbitration Case in October Term

Just as I was beginning to worry that arbitration had fallen out of favor at the nation’s highest court… today the Supreme Court announced that it will hear the case of DIRECTV, Inc. v. Imburgia during its October Term, an...more

California Eyes Groundbreaking Privacy and Cybersecurity Legislation

In California, home to Silicon Valley, Biotech Beach, drones and some of the nation’s strongest laws protecting personal and consumer privacy, legislators are grappling with how to balance popular innovations in technology...more

US giants in trouble with new EU privacy rules

The European Council approved the “one-stop-shop” privacy rule which might cause relevant issues to companies operating in different EU countries, including large American Internet and technology companies, where separate...more

FDA Issues Revised Draft Guidance on Disclosures of Risk Information in Consumer-Friendly Print Advertisements and Promotional...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released its Revised Draft Guidance entitled “Brief Summary and Adequate Directions for Use: Disclosing Risk Information in Consumer-Directed Print Advertisements and...more

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