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The FTC Data Security Settlement with Uber

by Bilzin Sumberg on

The Risks of Overpromising and Underperforming - Demonstrating its authority over all things cybersecurity, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it has entered into a proposed consent order with Uber for the...more

Social Links: A seminal opinion on web scraping; Obama breaks Twitter record; court holds state’s subpoena law applies to digital...

In an opinion granting a preliminary injunction preventing LinkedIn from blocking a startup’s use of information in LinkedIn profiles accessible to the entire public, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of...more

A Year in Review: FTC Data Privacy Actions and its Impacts on 2017 and Beyond

Whether it means taking a prominent role shaping data security for the Internet of Things, or addressing high profile breaches, the FTC has adopted an active position in policing data privacy and security. And, as data...more

The FTC and Industry Propose Best Practices for IoT Security Updates

by Hogan Lovells on

How do you ensure that an Internet-connected sensor or device—often inexpensive and designed for lifespans of up to 20 years or more—can be secured against not only the intrusions of today but also those of the future? This...more

Nevada Becomes Third State with Privacy Policy Law

Joining the ranks of California and Delaware, the state of Nevada adopted a new law mandating that, beginning Oct. 1, websites and other online services post a privacy policy....more

The Past, Present, and Future of Government Regulation of Off-Label Communications – Part 4

Picking up from my last installment of this series exploring the regulatory history of off-label communication, this post highlights some recent trends in FDA enforcement and guidance related to off-label promotion. Not...more

Apple Takes Bite From Data Security False Ad Suit

Apple scored a victory in a data security suit when a California federal court judge denied a plaintiff’s motion to certify a class of consumers asserting false advertising claims....more

Social Links: SCOTUS embraces technology; IoT companies proliferate; blockchain might make senior execs extinct

A federal district court in Wisconsin struck down the first law in the country requiring augmented-reality-game makers to go through a complicated permit-application process before their apps could be used in county parks....more

FTC Blog Posts Offer Security Guidance

In an effort to provide insight into the Federal Trade Commission’s data security principles, the agency pledged to each week share a new blog post with lessons for businesses....more

Get Your Gripe On: The Consumer Review Fairness Act Is Live

Searching “millennials killed…” on the Internet returns over 1.5 million results in .65 seconds. Commentators have blamed the generation raised by tablets, smartphones, and apps for killing everything from marriage to brunch,...more

FTC Asked to Investigate Google’s Matching of “Bricks to Clicks”

Recently, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) asked the FTC to begin an investigation into a Google program called “Store Sales Management.” The purpose of Store Sales Management is to allow for the matching...more

FDA and FTC Solicit Consumer Complaints About Dietary Supplement Marketing

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission have jointly requested that consumers report dietary supplements that “didn’t work as promised” or that are marketed with “unbelievable” claims. Consumers may...more

Privacy Tip #99 – If you are an IoT Fanatic, this App is for You

Last January, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) launched the IoT Home Inspector Challenge, a contest that requested participants to come up with a tool that would identify security issues that are caused by out-of-date...more

Advertising Law - July 2017 #4

‘World’s Best’ Is Puffery, Not Objectively Provable Claim - The claim “World’s Best Glass Cleaner” is puffery, the National Advertising Division decided in a challenge brought by S. C. Johnson & Son Inc. against advertiser...more

TCPA Connect - July 2017

Yet Another Blow to Spokeo Strategy in TCPA Cases - Consistent with the growing trend among lower federal courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit recently reversed a district court order in Susinno v. Work Out...more

FTC Reaffirms that IoT Devices Must Comply with COPPA

The Internet of Things (“IoT”) can be thought of as a group of different devices that can communicate with each other, perhaps over a network such as the internet. We have written extensively about many of the privacy...more

The Third Circuit Holds That A Single Prerecorded Call Counts As A Concrete Injury For Purposes Of Article III Standing

by King & Spalding on

On July 10, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit concluded that receiving a single prerecorded call constituted a concrete injury for the purposes of Article III standing....more

Third Circuit Rules that a Single Voicemail on a Cell Phone is Sufficient to Confer Standing for a TCPA Claim

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In another court's journey into the murky waters of constitutional standing post-Spokeo, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that one single voicemail on a consumer's cell phone is sufficient to confer standing under...more

Fintech Firm Shut Down and Fined by the FTC

by Carlton Fields on

A financial technology firm and its CEO have agreed to pay $104 million to resolve the FTC’s allegation that they misled consumers into providing sensitive personal and financial information, which was later sold without...more

Privacy Tip #95 – Echo Show Drop In Feature

I don’t own an Echo, and Alexa is not listening to all of the conversations in my home. If that were the case, I would have no credibility in writing weekly Privacy Tips....more

TCPA Connect - June 2017 #2

Revocation? Think Again. - On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit issued what might be the most business-friendly Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) decision we have seen in a long time in Reyes v....more

FTC Updates COPPA Guidance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released an updated version of its guidance on complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) on June 21, 2017. Companies that collect personal information from...more

Get ready for changes to Canada’s anti-spam law

July 1, 2017, is not just Canada’s 150th birthday. It is also the day when important changes to Canada’s anti-spam law (“CASL”) come into force. CASL gets much tougher on July 1, 2017, the 150th anniversary of Confederation....more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - June 2017

Revocation? Think Again. - On June 22, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit issued what might be the most business-friendly Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) decision we have seen in a long time in Reyes v....more

FTC Issues Update on COPPA

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a six-step compliance plan to assist businesses with compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). It provides clarity on who is covered by and must...more

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