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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

The FCC and the Uncertain Future of Privacy Oversight for Internet Service Providers

The Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) net neutrality proceeding culminated this month with the release of an Order reclassifying broadband Internet access service as a common carrier Telecommunications Service...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

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

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

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

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FDA Issues Revised Draft Guidance on Disclosures of Risk Information in Consumer-Friendly Print Advertisements and Promotional...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

Communications Industry Advisory Committee to FCC Issues Major Cybersecurity Report

Wednesday the advisory committee charged by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with providing critical assistance to the communications industry with a sector-specific implementation of cybersecurity risk management...more

“Enhanced” Transparency Requirements Expand Current Disclosure Obligations (But Temporarily Exempts Smaller Providers)

The Order does not formally modify the text of the existing “transparency” rule, which was upheld by the D.C. Circuit in Verizon v. FCC in 2014. However, the Order does prescribe numerous “enhancements” to the rule, which...more

Why You Need a Privacy Policy – Part 2: Avoiding Three Common Fumbles

In Part 1, we covered some basic privacy policy concepts. Here in Part 2, we address three problems associated with privacy policies in practice. 1. You Don’t Have One, But You Really Should - There is no...more

FTC Chairs warns of threats from the Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things (IoT), whereby miniature computers are embedded into objects and devices and connected via the internet using wireless technology, offers many advantages, such as smart thermostats which have the...more

Appellate Courts Being Drawn Into VPPA Fray

Last week the Third and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals assigned case numbers to the appeals of In re Nickelodeon Privacy Litigation and Locklear v. Dow Jones & Co., Inc., two recently dismissed class actions in which...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap - February 2015

FY 2016 budget request reflects FDA’s broadening scope of activities - The regulator’s requested budget of $4.9 billion for the upcoming fiscal year represents a 9% increase from the enacted FY 2015 budget, with $147.7...more

Net Neutrality: Will The Internet Still Be Open for Business As Usual?

New changes supposedly designed to foster a more “Open Internet” have resulted in something of a national backlash. Although not unexpected, the Federal Communications Commission (the “FCC”) announced approval, on a partisan...more

Safety Labeling: Public Meeting Later This Month and Comment Period Extended – Key Dates Coming Up

On March 27, 2015, FDA plans to hold a public meeting entitled, “Supplemental Applications Proposing Labeling Changes for Approved Drugs and Biological Products”. The meeting was announced in a Federal Register Notice posted...more

Markey, Democrats Introduce Data Broker Bill

On Thursday, March 5, 2015, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), along with Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Al Franken (D-MN), introduced legislation that would grant the FTC authority to issue new rules...more

Alert: Impact of Software Installation Provisions of Canada's Anti-Spam Law on US Companies

On December 15, 2010, Canada passed Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation ("CASL"), one of the world's most stringent anti-spam laws. On January 15, 2015, the provisions set forth in Section 8 of CASL relating to the installation of...more

The Internet of Things will “rock” the retail sector

The Internet of Things will generate in the retail sector US $ 329 billion of revenues by 2018 according to a report published by SAP, but such massive growth has to deal with legal issues concerning not only privacy...more

EUROPE: New Provisions on Customer Protection in the Proposed EC Regulation

The Legislative Resolution of the European Parliament dated April 3rd, 2014 relating to the telecom sector, following the European Commission’s proposed “Connected Continent Legislative Package” dated 2013, includes a wide...more

Taming the “Wild West” in the Far East: China Extends Protections for Privacy and Reputation to the Internet, Heightens the Risk...

Although laws targeting Internet-based content have lagged behind in China, the Chinese government has made sweeping changes over the past two years—most recently last fall—that extend offline legal protections to the virtual...more

Do Your Due Diligence – Security Concerns May Lurk in Unexpected Places

In 2014, Lenovo began selling its laptops bundled with a piece of software known as SuperFish, which enabled Lenovo to display more targeted advertising content to its users to “enhance [the] user experience” of its...more

What Your TV Wouldn’t Tell You and Your Fridge Didn’t Know: FTC Best Practices for Consumer-Facing IoT Devices

On January 27, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued an FTC staff report titled “Internet of Things: Privacy & Security in a Connected World” (Report). The Report summarizes the FTC’s November 2013 workshop on the privacy...more

New California Privacy & Protection Act Proposes Standards for Personal Information Encryption, Bans Sales of Voice-Recording TVs,...

New legislation proposed in California includes a package of privacy-related bills referred to as the California Privacy & Protection Act. The bills proposed include...more

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