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Litigation Alert: The FCC Enforcement Bureau Advises That Text Message Senders Must Comply With the Telephone Consumer Protection...

On November 18, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Enforcement Bureau issued an Advisory declaring that autodialed text messages, also known as robotexts, must comply with the requirements set forth in the...more

Will the D.C. Circuit Overturn Fax Opt-Out Requirement?

Though not as common as they once were, fax advertisements continue to be used in several industries, particularly healthcare, where providers and manufacturers rely on faxes to comply with regulatory obligations. Earlier...more

Facebook Alleges Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act Unconstitutional

On November 11, 2016, Facebook, Inc. (“Facebook”), filed an answer (“Answer”) in response to a consolidated class action complaint (“Complaint”) alleging that Facebook generates, collects, stores and uses “face geometry”...more

Privacy Perils: Identify Theft and Social Networking

Identity theft through social networking is on the rise. Hacked accounts may be used to impersonate you and potentially cause reputational harm, or may even link the hacker to your financial account information and...more

Decision to Block LinkedIn in Russia Demonstrates Russian Government’s Commitment to Enforce New “Localization” Requirements for...

- Recent amendments to Russia’s data processing rules require that databases used to process personal information of Russian citizens be located in the Russian Federation, even if the data is maintained by foreign...more

Hooters Loses Spokeo-Based Challenge to TCPA Lawsuit

Hooters of America, LLC (“Hooters”) recently lost a challenge to a federal lawsuit brought in connection with allegations that its text message advertisements violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). The...more

US Coachways Settles TCPA Class Action for $49.9 Million

Recently, an Illinois federal judge approved a $49.9 million settlement between US Coachways, a national charter bus and bus rental company, and a class of plaintiffs, represented by lead plaintiff James Bull for Telephone...more

Pharmaceutical Companies Face Fax Marketing TCPA Class Action

On November 11, 2016, a putative class action complaint was filed against two related pharmaceutical companies alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). Specifically, the complaint alleges that...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 7, Issue 6

Commercializing user-Generated Content: Five risk reduction strategies - We’re in the midst of a seismic shift in how companies interact with user-generated content (UGC). For years, companies were happy simply to...more

FTC Settles With Sales Lead Generators For $100,000

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) settled a claim against the Consumer Education Group for $100,000 regarding alleged violations of the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (“TSR”) and Section 5(a) of the FTC Act. The...more

WhatsApp-Facebook Data Sharing Attracts Scrutiny from EU Privacy Authorities

European Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) recently launched investigations into WhatsApp’s sharing of user data with Facebook. (Facebook owns WhatsApp.) DPAs ordered WhatsApp to stop sharing the data pending the...more

New FCC Privacy Rules for Broadband and Voice Providers

In an order issued November 2, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission for the first time imposed privacy requirements on providers of broadband internet access services (“BIAS”). The much-anticipated order was an...more

CASL News: The CRTC Provides Long-Awaited Guidance on Implied Consent and the Assessment of Administrative Monetary Penalties

Although Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL or the Act) has been in force since July 1, 2014 and a number of substantial penalties have been imposed under its terms, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications...more

FCC Adopts Privacy Regulations for Broadband Internet Service Providers

On October 27, 2016 the FCC announced its adoption of an Order establishing a set of privacy regulations ("Broadband Privacy Rules") governing the use of consumer personal information by Broadband Internet Service Providers...more

FCC Adopts New Privacy Rules

Late last month, the Federal Communications Commission adopted new privacy rules for broadband Internet service providers (ISPs). We first discussed this topic in March when the proposal was introduced by the FCC Chairman...more

Advertising Law - November 2016

Ken Bone: Breakout Star, Violator of FTC Guides? - One thing folks on both sides of the political aisle can agree upon is that Ken Bone left the second presidential debate as a breakout star. But he may have tripped up...more

Germany to audit 500 companies on data transfers

The German data protection authorities have announced today that they have chosen 500 companies throughout Germany to audit their transfer of personal data to the US and other countries (eg. India). The targets were chosen...more

FTC Settles Telemarketing Sales Rule Claim for $2.3 Million

On November 1, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced its settlement with a “collection of entities” known as Consumer Education Group (“CEG”) for alleged violations of the Telemarketing Sales Rule (the “TSR”). ...more

FCC Issues New Privacy Rules for Internet Service Providers: Safeguarding Consumers or Lulling Them Into A False Sense of Privacy?

Last Thursday, in a vote split along party lines, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) approved a new regulatory regime staking its claim to privacy regulation of both fixed and mobile Internet service providers...more

FCC Approves Consumer Privacy Rules For Broadband ISPs

On October 27, 2016, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), in a 3-2 vote along party lines, adopted new privacy rules for broadband providers aimed at protecting the privacy of consumers. FCC Chairman Tom...more

ECJ Confirms Dynamic IP Address May Constitute Personal Data But Can Be Logged to Combat Cyberattacks

On 19 October 2016, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) held (Case C-582/14 – Breyer v Federal Republic of Germany) that dynamic IP addresses may constitute personal data. The ECJ also held that a website operator may collect...more

Google Makes Ad-Tracking Change in its Privacy Policy

In 2007, Google bought online ad network DoubleClick, which uses cookies to collect and store data about Google users from their browsing history, to best place clients’ ads. This past June, Google revised its privacy policy...more

FCC Robocall Strike Force Releases Its Report on Curbing Unwanted and Illegal Robocalls

On October 26, the Federal Communications Commission convened a second meeting of the Robocall Strike Force, which has been working for two months to develop solutions to the problem of illegal and unwanted robocalls. The...more

FCC Adopts New Privacy Rules for Broadband Internet Service Providers

The Federal Communications Commission adopted, by a 3-2 vote, new privacy and data security rules for broadband Internet service providers. Although the official Order is not yet available, the new privacy rules are...more

FCC Adopts Controversial Broadband Privacy Regs

BREAKING NEWS – The FCC has voted 3-2 along party lines to require internet service providers (ISPs) to get a customer’s explicit consent before they can use or share what is termed “sensitive” personal information. ...more

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