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New Encryption Guidance Published by the ICO

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has released updated guidance on the use of encryption. The guidance highlights that in many areas, the ICO expects encryption software to be used, and in the future where data...more

FCC Proposes Indiscriminate PII Definition in Privacy NPRM

In addition to a bothersome “breach” definition, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), in its April 1, 2016 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) concerning ISP privacy regulation, proposes a sweeping definition of...more

Spotlight on CFPB Enforcement

At this week’s NBPCA Power of Prepaid conference in Washington, DC, DWT Payments team member Adam Maarec joined a panel entitled “Spotlight on CFPB Enforcement: Uncovering Recent Trends, Targets and Priorities Surrounding...more

The FTC Trims the Fat Off Even More Companies Selling Weight Loss Products

Hungry to prevent more companies from selling allegedly bogus weight loss products, the FTC has settled yet another false advertising suit against various sellers of diet pills, in a case similar to February’s Sale Slash...more

FTC Guidance: Update Privacy Disclosures to Keep Pace with Advances in Online Tracking

The Federal Trade Commission recognizes that many people benefit from companies’ online tracking by getting advertising that is more targeted to their preferences. However, as the technologies and techniques used by companies...more

Debt collector, Portfolio Recovery Associates, to pay $18 million to settle TCPA violations

Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC (Portfolio Recovery) agreed to pay $18 million to end multi-district litigation against the debt collection company for its alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)....more

Advertising Law - April 2016 #4

Study Finds Low Compliance for Native Advertising - According to a new study, roughly 70 percent of websites are not compliant with the Federal Trade Commission's recently released native advertising...more

Facebook argues Motion to Dismiss in ‘happy birthday’ message campaign TCPA class action

On April 25, 2016, Facebook Inc. (Facebook) pled with a California federal judge, asking that the court dismiss the claims filed against the social media giant for its alleged Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)...more

Good Things Happen In Threes: Tennessee Becomes Third State To Enact DFS Law

On April 28, 2016, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed the Fantasy Sports Act into law. The Act expressly defines fantasy sports contests as games of skill and regulates them. Passage of the Fantasy Sports Act makes...more

WiFi Privacy: Network Analytics Guidance Issued by ICO

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued guidance to help wireless (WiFi) operators understand their duties under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) when collecting and using location and other analytics...more

Ofcom Releases Statement on Spectrum for the ‘Internet of Things’

Last year, we reported on Ofcom’s Statement on ‘Promoting investment and innovation in the Internet of Things (IoT)’ (Statement). IoT refers to the exponentially growing network of products that are capable of communicating...more

Been There, Done That: Kohl’s Wins Dismissal of Copycat False Advertising Class Action

A California federal court recently denied a motion to certify a class of Kohl’s customers allegedly misled by false advertising, finding that plaintiff Wendy Chowning’s claim was a copycat of an earlier-filed case, Russell,...more

CFPB Issues Report on Payday and Installment Loans; Director Cordray Weighs in on Online Lending Industry

On April 20, the CFPB issued a report titled “Online Payday Loan Payments,” which covers an 18-month period in 2011 and 2012 and examines how online lenders’ attempts to recover debts are affecting consumers. Also on April...more

Trump Campaign Faces Second, Similar Suit in Same Court

Following on the heels of Plaintiff Joshua Thorne’s TCPA suit, the Donald J. Trump campaign was hit with a second TCPA lawsuit in as many days. See Roberts v. Donald J. Trump For President, Inc., No. 16-4676 (N.D. Ill. Apr....more

Public Service Campaign regarding children’s online safety

The Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) and the BBB are pleased to announce the launch of its second Public Service Campaign regarding children’s online safety. CARU’s first campaign titled, “Do you know here your...more

How to Design a Document Retention Policy

Data minimization can be a powerful – and seemingly simple – data security measure. The term refers to retaining the least amount of personal information necessary in order for an organization to function. Less information...more

The Hidden Danger for Retailers Doing Business in New Jersey

Have You Heard About New Jersey’s Truth in Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act? New Jersey’s Truth in Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act, N.J.S.A. §56:12-18 (“TCCWNA”), is the basis for a recent flurry...more

CFPB unveils changes to website

The CFPB’s website has a new look.  Last week, the CFPB unveiled a set of updates to the website.  According to the CFPB, the new features “will help users quickly and easily browse the vast range of information, tools, and...more

No Tea Time for Class Action Plaintiffs: Class Certification Denied for Bigelow Green and Black Tea Drinkers

Northern District of California Judge William Orrick recently denied class certification in two food misbranding class actions challenging antioxidant claims for Bigelow green and black teas. Khasin v. R.C Bigelow Inc., Case...more

Trump Campaign Sued In Federal Court in Illinois

Earlier this week, Illinois resident Joshua Thorne filed a purported class action against Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., in the Northern District of Illinois. See Thorne v. Donald J. Trump For President, Inc., No....more

CFPB Takes Action Against Co-Founders of California Online Lead Aggregator

On April 21, the CFPB filed two complaints against individual operators of an online lead aggregator for their alleged involvement in the company’s practice of reselling consumers’ sensitive personal data to lenders and debt...more

Federal Court Paves Way for TCPA Defendants to Attack Class Actions on Constitutional Grounds

A recent, seemingly innocuous decision out of the Western District of New York sheds new light on a compelling constitutional argument against high-dollar class action lawsuits brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection...more

Charter Defeats TCPA Class Action Based Upon Safe Harbor Provision

In Simmons v. Charter Communs., Inc., No. 15-cv-317, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 42091 (D. Conn. March 30, 2016), the District of Connecticut granted summary judgment in favor of Charter Communications in a putative class action...more

Cal PUC Issues New Rules for TNCs

At the voting meeting on April 21, the California Public Utilities Commission approved new regulations impacting the operations of Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), such as Lyft and Uber, within California. The “Phase...more

Bimbo Bakeries Suit On Hold Pending Ninth Circuit Class Certification Appeals

We’ve recently reported on numerous district court—and even Ninth Circuit—stays in false advertising actions. Many of these stays have been based on FDA’s consideration of food labeling issues, such as those involving...more

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