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PayPal Reaches Settlement With Texas Over Venmo Privacy and Security Disclosures

Venmo is a peer-to-peer mobile payments service that PayPal acquired in 2013. Users can transfer money to another person using a mobile or web application (e.g., send money to a friend to split the cost of dinner). On May 20,...more

TCPA Under Scrutiny in Court and by Senate

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and a 2015 omnibus Declaratory Ruling and Order (2015 Order) interpreting the TCPA issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have recently faced additional challenges...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

FCC Proposes Formal Privacy Regulations for Broadband ISPs

On March 31, 2016, a 3-2 majority of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ("NPRM") to establish a set of regulations governing the data collection, use, and sharing...more

…And We’re Back! Still No Resurgence of “Picking Off” After Campbell-Ewald

Following an interlocutory appeal, in which the First Circuit ruled that a Rule 68 offer made prior to class certification did not moot the plaintiff’s claim, defendant returned to the Massachusetts district court seeking...more

Galloway v Frazer & Others – A glimpse to the future of data protection litigation

On 27 January, the High Court of Northern Ireland granted British MP George Galloway leave to serve proceedings on Google Inc. out of the jurisdiction. The application was based on a variety of claims including libel,...more

CA Court Plays “Tag” – Judge Refuses to Drop Facebook Photo-Tagging Privacy Case

Earlier this month, a judge from the Northern District of California allowed a putative class action suit to proceed against Facebook. In this case, the plaintiffs alleged Facebook collected and stored biometric data of...more

Children's Privacy Online: The Interplay Between Mobile Applications and the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act

The activities of children on the internet, whether via computers, smart phones, or tablets, have grown exponentially in recent history. As internet access for children increased, parents began losing control of the amount...more

Caribou Coffee faces TCPA class action for unwanted text messages

Caribou Coffee Co. Inc. (Caribou Cofee) was hit with a class action this week in Wisconsin. which alleges that the company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) when it sent unsolicited text messages to...more

German Federal Supreme Court prohibits unsolicited advertising in signatures of automated B2C email replies confirming receipt of...

In a judgment dated 15 December 2015, case no VI ZR 134/15, (“Judgment”) the German Federal Supreme Court (“FSC”; Bundesgerichtshof – BGH) confirmed that an electronic mailbox held by a consumer shall be covered by the...more

FCC’s Proposed Regulations Would Gut TCPA Exception for Debts Owed to or Guaranteed by U.S.

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (Act) amended the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to remove the prior express consent requirement for calls ''made solely to collect a debt owed to or guaranteed by the United...more

First Circuit and FTC Address Definitions of “PII,” While Michigan Amends Privacy Law to Remove Statutory Damages

On April 29, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit handed down its widely anticipated opinion in Yershov v. Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc., in which it expanded the reach of the Video Privacy...more

Secretive Direct Marketers Face Fresh Restrictions on their Anonymity

From 16 May, those making (or instigating) direct marketing telephone calls must provide Caller Line Identification (‘CLI’) when making calls live or through automated means. The display of their telephone numbers to...more

Advertising Law - May 2016

Kanye's Promise of Exclusivity a Siren Song, Suit Says - Kanye West's latest drama involves the courtroom—specifically, a putative class action complaint alleging false advertising, unfair competition, and unjust...more

Internet of Things: FTC Settlement Again Emphasizes the Need to Protect Consumers

On February 23, the FTC announced that computer hardware maker ASUSTeK Computer, Inc. agreed to settle charges that it allegedly failed to protect consumers as required by federal law. The announcement of this settlement is...more

Trump campaign sued for sending spam texts in violation of TCPA

Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., which is the official campaign committee for candidate Donald Trump, was named in a putative class action case on April 25, 2016, for sending unwanted text messages to individuals. The...more

Legal Challenge to FCC’s TCPA Omnibus Ruling Ready for Court Decision

The FCC’s July 2015 Omnibus Ruling ("the Ruling") interpreting certain provisions of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) has been widely denounced by business interests for its expansive interpretation of the...more

Facebook, Healthcare Provider Websites and HIPAA

In a class action Complaint filed in the Northern District of California on March 15, 2016, Kiesel Law LLP, on behalf of primary plaintiff Winston Smith and a potential class of others, alleges that Facebook received...more

Supreme Court Rules Against Using Settlement Offers to Moot Class Actions

In Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, a decision released in January, a majority of the United States Supreme Court held that an unaccepted Rule 68 offer of judgment by a defendant cannot moot a putative class action....more

First Circuit Opens New World of Potential Liability for Video Producers

You may be too young for this to have been a big thing to you, but almost 30 years ago, D.C. Circuit Judge Robert Bork was nominated to the Supreme Court, and Washington, D.C. went into a tizzy. Coming as it did just a year...more

User of Free App May Be “Consumer” under the Video Privacy Protection Act

This past week, the First Circuit issued a notable opinion concerning the contours of liability under the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) – a decision that stirs up further uncertainty as to where to draw the line...more

New Encryption Guidance Published by the ICO

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has released updated guidance on the use of encryption. The guidance highlights that in many areas, the ICO expects encryption software to be used, and in the future where data...more

FCC Proposes Indiscriminate PII Definition in Privacy NPRM

In addition to a bothersome “breach” definition, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), in its April 1, 2016 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) concerning ISP privacy regulation, proposes a sweeping definition of...more

FTC Guidance: Update Privacy Disclosures to Keep Pace with Advances in Online Tracking

The Federal Trade Commission recognizes that many people benefit from companies’ online tracking by getting advertising that is more targeted to their preferences. However, as the technologies and techniques used by companies...more

Facebook argues Motion to Dismiss in ‘happy birthday’ message campaign TCPA class action

On April 25, 2016, Facebook Inc. (Facebook) pled with a California federal judge, asking that the court dismiss the claims filed against the social media giant for its alleged Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)...more

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