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HHS-OCR Announces Guidance On HIPAA Compliance And Cloud Computing

On October 6, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued guidance on complying with HIPAA privacy, security, and breach notification rules when using cloud computing technology...more

How Can Yahoo E-Mail Scanning Impact the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield?

Reuters reported earlier this month that, according to three former employees, Yahoo Inc. had “complied with a classified U.S. government demand, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo mail accounts at the behest of the NSA...more

Illinois District Court Denies Motion to Certify TCPA Class Action

In the consolidated cases Espejo v. Santander Consumer USA Inc., No. 11 C 8987, 2016 WL 6037625 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 14, 2016) and Levins v. Santander Consumer USA Inc., No. 12 C 9431, 2016 WL 6037 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 14, 2016), the...more

Advertising Law - October 2016 #3

YouTube Adds Sponsored Content Notification Feature - To help influencers achieve compliance with the necessary disclosures about their relationships with advertisers, YouTube has unveiled a new tool to provide notice to...more

New Tool in Calif. AG’s Privacy Enforcement Efforts: Consumers

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is enlisting new enforcers in her efforts to get companies to comply with the state’s privacy policy requirements: members of the public. On October 14, Harris released an online...more

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Provides New Online Tool to Report California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA) Violations

It’s time for a compliance check on those website or mobile app privacy policies, before the California Attorney General comes knocking. Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has announced the release of a new tool for...more

D.C. Circuit Weighing FCC’s Controversial 2015 TCPA Declaratory Ruling

Yesterday, a panel of the D.C. Circuit—composed of Judges Srinivasan and Pillard and Senior Judge Edwards—heard argument in ACA International v. FCC, the consolidated appeals from the FCC’s 2015 Declaratory Ruling and Order,...more

Transatlantic Data Transfer: An Update

The EU-US Privacy Shield, designed to protect EU citizens’ personal data when it is transferred to US organisations, has now been in place for a couple of months. How is it shaping up?...more

Advertising Law - October 2016 #2

No Shades of Gray in Order Banning Supplement Claims - In a case based on a referral from the National Advertising Division, the Federal Trade Commission obtained summary judgment and a final order against an advertiser...more

FCC Sets Out Revised Privacy Rules For Broadband Providers

On Thursday October 7, 2016, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), Tom Wheeler, announced a proposal for new privacy rules for broadband providers in a post on the FCC’s website. Chairman Wheeler...more

FCC Chairman Moves to Regulate Broadband Consumer Privacy

On October 6, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler released a factsheet outlining proposed rules aimed at protecting broadband consumers’ privacy. The proposed rules would apply to internet service...more

Everalbum's User Referral Program Compliant Under TCPA

Photo sharing and storage app Everalbum, and other social media apps that send SMS invitations to a user’s contacts to download the app only at the user’s direction comply with all applicable laws, according to the courts and...more

Southern District of California Holds Charge for Incoming Call Does Not Create Standing to Assert TCPA Claim

Plaintiff filed suit, placing at issue a single call to his cell phone using an ATDS, and attempting to represent a class of similarly situated individuals. The only allegation in the Complaint arguably relating to injury was...more

Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins and the TCPA: The Fallout is as Clear as “Concrete”

In the wake of Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 136 S.Ct. 1540 (May 16, 2016), the Supreme Court decision that had the chance to be legendary, but instead settled for punting back to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, we are left...more

Part II - TCPA: Litigation - “But it’s an email!” — Potential Defense to TCPA Fax Blast Class Actions

A traditional fax machine is more and more giving way to email “desktop faxing” or efaxing. We know the TCPA covers the former, but does it also cover the latter? Understanding the subtle distinctions to this question and its...more

FTC Bureau Director Highlights Continuing Health-Related Enforcement, Homeopathic Guidance, and ROSCA at NAD Conference

Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, highlighted the agency’s enforcement priorities at the National Advertising Division’s annual conference earlier this week. Key mentions included the...more

Recent FTC Consent Decree with InMobi for Unlawful Geolocational Tracking Provides Insight for App Developers

Recently in United States v. InMobi Pte Ltd., the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) set a new standard for geolocational tracking. The FTC told app developers and app marketers one simple rule: honor consumers location privacy...more

District Courts Find Impermissible “Fail-Safe” Class Definitions But Deny Motions to Strike Class Allegations

Two recent decisions from the Eastern District of Illinois involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), decided a day apart, provided valuable insight as how this court will respond to motions to strike class...more

Cruise Line to Pay up to $76 Million to Settle TCPA Violations

Caribbean Cruise Line Inc., The Berkley Group Inc., and Vacation Ownership Marketing Tours, Inc. settled a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action last week for up to $76 million (and not less than $56 million)....more

FTC sets new standard for mobile app location tracking – indirectly

If you have wondered how users' physical locations can be tracked when they use mobile devices, a new white paper explains the process. It's actually an FTC complaint, and thus a white paper only indirectly. But...more

’Privacy Shield’ Replacing Invalidated EU-US Safe Harbor Agreement is Open for Business, but Challenges to its Validity are...

The Safe Harbor agreement between the European Union and the United States permitted American businesses to import personal data of EU citizens based on self-certification of compliance with EU data protection principles....more

The Early Days of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Should Your Organization Self-Certify?

On August 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Commerce began accepting self-certification applications for the new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. In the month that has followed over 100 companies (including Microsoft, Oracle...more

California Federal Court Dismisses TCPA Claims for Lack of Article III Standing

A plaintiff did not have Article III standing to assert claims under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) for alleged autodialed calls made to her without her consent, a California federal district court recently...more

Advertising Law - August 2016 #3

ANA, 4As Battle Over Transparency Guidance - Two industry groups are engaging in a public battle over transparency. The dispute began when a joint task force was formed between the American Association of...more

Federal Court Serves Up Big Win for Email Marketers in Spam Lawsuit

A recent decision in Silverstein v Keynetics, Inc. et al, by a federal judge in the Northern District of California has provided a glimmer of hope to email marketers that the seemingly limitless reach of California’s...more

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