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NTIA Multistakeholder Process Finalizes General Privacy Guidelines for Commercial Facial Recognition Use

We’ve previously blogged about the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) privacy multistakeholder process to address concerns associated with the emerging commercial use of facial recognition...more

FTC Updates Consumer Guidance for Online Tracking

On June 23, the FTC updated its consumer information page to provide updated guidance on “Online Tracking.” The updated guidance is intended to provide consumers with information on different methods of tracking, how they...more

Alert: FTC Settles First Enforcement Action Against Mobile Advertising Company

On June 22, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") announced that it would settle its first-ever enforcement action against a mobile advertising company, InMobi. InMobi agreed, subject to court approval of the settlement, to...more

Latest FTC Privacy Action Looks Carefully at Geolocation Promises

A mobile device’s geolocation can be passed to apps and ad networks through various application programming interfaces (APIs) provided by Android or iOS, but there are other ways to determine a consumer’s location using...more

The Rocky Road of Evaluation for Digital Health Tools

Recent comments linking digital health tools to so-called “snake oil” has the channels of social media atwitter. (Add this post to the noise!) While some may decry the comparison, there is a lot we can learn from that...more

DHS and DOJ Release Updated Guidance for Sharing Cyber Threat Indicators and Defensive Measures

On June 15, in response to feedback from non-federal entities on guidance released in February, the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice (DOJ) issued updated guidance for companies about sharing cyber threat...more

Mobile Advertising Company Settles FTC Charges It Tracked Consumers’ Locations Without Permission

InMobi, a Singapore-based mobile advertising company that allegedly tracked the locations of hundreds of millions of consumers – including children – without consent, will pay $950,000 in civil penalties and implement a...more

Impact of Brexit for Intellectual Property Rights

A British vote to leave the European Union (EU)—the Brexit referendum issue scheduled for a vote June 23, 2016 — would have a significant effect on intellectual property right-holders, such as manufacturers doing business in...more

News of Note for the Internet-Minded

To the surprise of no one, Instagram is pretty popular; Samsung puts a billion dollars into the Internet of Things; the FCC’s trying to decide if radio noise is a problem; and there’s an approach to virtual reality that won’t...more

Going Geo-Loco: FTC Settles with Mobile Ad Network over Geolocation Collection

The FTC announced a settlement on Wednesday with mobile advertising company, InMobi Pte Ltd., concerning allegations that the company deceptively tracked the geolocation of hundreds of millions of unknowing consumers,...more

FDA Withdraws Previous Notice Seeking Comments on Proposed Biologic Naming Guidance

Earlier this month we reported that FDA had published a notice in the Federal Register soliciting comments on a proposed biologic naming guidance whereby applicants for biologic products would submit up to 10 proposed...more

Manatt Digital - June 2016

In this newsletter, we examine what's new in media as it relates to the Chinese market with specific emphasis on VR, Hollywood, and the ongoing digital transition....more

DOJ Folds Criminal Case Against Federal Express

In another set back last week, after a contentious criminal prosecution, the government dismissed its criminal charges against Federal Express. DOJ indicted Federal Express for drug trafficking relating to shipping of illegal...more

Tesla, SolarCity and Social Media

Tesla, in an offer to acquire SolarCity, appears to be the first to announce a major proposed acquisition by a blog post. Since an 8-K was also filed, it can’t be sole proof that social media is a recognized distribution...more

Can Plaintiffs Sue a “Celebrity Spokesperson”?

We’ve thought a lot about the various secondary entities that plaintiffs sometimes sue in prescription medical product liability litigation – such as sales reps, physicians, hospitals, pharmacies, distributors, and a number...more

A Close to Open Internet Challenges?

In a major victory for the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (“DC Circuit”) upheld the Commission’s 2015 Open...more

News of Note in IP

Each week, Sheppard Mullin brings you News of Note in IP: The latest news in the IP-related fields of technology, privacy, fashion, advertising, music, and social media, curated by our IP team. Here are some of the stories...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 260-Designing and Implementing Effective Compliance Training [Video]

In this episode I discuss how to design, implement and evaluate effective compliance training. ...more

Six Key Consequences of the D.C. Circuit Upholding Net Neutrality

On its third try, the Federal Communications Commission finally got the sweeping net neutrality court victory it had been seeking for years. In US Telecom v. FCC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia...more

Regulators Raise Marketplace Lending Concerns at FTC FinTech Forum

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently held a FinTech forum addressing marketplace lending. The forum was promoted by the FTC as the first in a series it plans to hold exploring emerging financial technology and its...more

Controversy looms over ECPA amendment in wake of Orlando terrorist attack

After the terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida, early this month, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) has been discussed quite a bit. The ECPA, a law which took effect in 1986, limits the government’s access to...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - June 2016 #2

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Zuckerberg’s Venture to Invest in Startup Andela - Topping the fundraising news this week is Mark Zuckerberg’s investment in Andela, a highly selective...more

Governor Signs Student Data Privacy Law

On June 9, 2016, Governor Malloy signed into law Public Act 16-189, “An Act Concerning Student Data Privacy” (the “Act”), which ushers in sweeping changes to the protection and use of student data. As schools increasingly...more

How to Comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

There are relatively few restrictions on collecting information from children offline. Efforts to collect information from children over the internet, however, are regulated by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act...more

FDA Issues Final Ruling Allowing Medical Device Manufacturers to Use Stand-Alone Symbols on Labels

This week, on June 14, 2016, the FDA issued a final ruling revising its medical device and certain biological product labeling regulations to allow, for the first time, manufacturers to use graphical representations of...more

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