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San Francisco’s Mass Transit Agency Accused of Illegally Collecting and Transmitting Smart Phone Data Through Security App

by Reed Smith on

San Francisco’s public transportation agency and the creator of the agency’s suspicious activity reporting smart phone application have been accused of illegally collecting, tracking, and storing users’ personal information...more

Ultrasonic Cross-Device Tracking: A Consumer Management Tool with FTC Warnings

A consumer’s television or computer may be emitting silent signals that her smartphone can hear, recognize and answer back, but the consumer can’t sense them at all. These signals are telling retailers about their customer’s...more

Monthly TCPA Digest - May 2017

by Mintz Levin on

We are pleased to present the latest edition of our Monthly TCPA Digest, providing insights and news related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). This month’s issue features updates on the latest regulatory...more

NIST Plans To Examine Internet of Things (IoT) For Its Cybersecurity Framework

by Dentons on

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is holding a Cybersecurity Framework Workshop this week at its headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The purpose of the workshop is to discuss issues related to its...more

Senator To Propose ISP Consumer Privacy Bill

by King & Spalding on

On Friday, April 14, 2017, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced his plan to introduce a bill that would allow the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) to regulate consumer privacy protections regarding Internet service...more

Offer of Judgment Fails to Defeat TCPA Fax Class Action

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

On May 8, 2017, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a ruling rejecting Educational Testing Service’s (“ETS”) attempt to moot a class action brought pursuant to the Telephone Consumer...more

The Past, Present, and Future of Government Regulation of Off-Label Communications – Part 2

In my last post, I introduced a series of posts that will explore FDA’s historical approach to off-label drug and device communications, how that position has evolved (or not) to the modern day, and predict where that policy...more

FTC Launches Website to Help Small Businesses with Cyber Attacks

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on May 9, 2017, that it has launched a new website that “helps small businesses avoid scams and cyber-attacks.”...more

Mobile Marketing - The Legal Guardrails

by King & Spalding on

Dangerous Regulatory Landscape - ..Federal Law .TCPA .CAN-SPAM .FTC Regulations .FCC Regulations ..State Laws .Consumer Protection Statutes .Commercial Electronic Mail Acts .Privacy Torts... Please...more

Privacy Perils: What Third Party Apps Have Access to Your Data?

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Whether it was for a one-time use, or repeated access, many of us have provided an email address to a website or application, only to find our inbox then flooded with emails. If you are not using the app or website, there is...more

China's New Cybersecurity Law and Draft Data Localization Measures Expected to Burden Multinational Companies

by Jones Day on

China's new Cybersecurity Law ("new Law") is set to come into effect on June 1, 2017, and introduces sweeping provisions that may have a significant impact on companies doing business in and with China. To provide guidance on...more

EU regulators welcome stricter rules on cookies and direct marketing

by White & Case LLP on

The European Commission has published a draft Regulation regarding cookies and electronic direct marketing. EU regulators have publicly welcomed the proposal, which has potentially significant consequences for all businesses...more

Advertising Law - May 2017

Trust for TRUSTe’s COPPA Changes? FTC Seeks Comment - Changes may be coming to TRUSTe’s safe harbor program under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection (COPPA) Rule, and the Federal Trade Commission is seeking public...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We’ve mentioned Uber’s Greyball issues before in passing. But since the authorities are literally making a Federal case out of it, you should probably know more about the details if the software tool that has the...more

Selling a Car, Texting and the TCPA

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

After a car dealership (allegedly) texted a person who listed a car for sale on Craiglist, the would be seller filed a class action suit against the dealer claiming the texts were unsolicited, made without consent, and...more

Advertising Law - April 2017 #4

Massachusetts AG Fences off Geofencing Ad Campaign - In what appears to be the first time a consumer protection law was used to object to a company engaging in GPS-based ad targeting, Copley Advertising settled with...more

Website/App Provider in Hot Water for Ambiguous Privacy Policy

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last week, Unrollme Inc.’s (“Unroll.me”) privacy policy came under fire from consumers and privacy advocates in response to news that Unroll.me collects and sells data associated with user email messages....more

Soundboard Technology Calls Qualify as Robocalls Under TCPA

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

This past Monday, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia upheld a Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) interpretation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) which held that marketing calls placed...more

Advertising Litigation Report: Vol. 2, No. 2 - Regulatory

Negative Option Marketing Enforcement Actions in Federal Court - A negative option is a provision in an offer or agreement to sell or provide any goods or services “under which the customer’s silence or failure to take...more

Advertising Law - April 2017 #3

Amazon, FTC Reach Deal Over In-App Charges - Amazon and the Federal Trade Commission have agreed to drop their appeals in a lawsuit accusing the online retailer of billing consumers for unauthorized in-app charges incurred...more

Medical Supply Company Hit with Class Action TCPA Fax Lawsuit

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

A class action fax lawsuit has been filed against a medical supply company in the federal district court for the Southern District of Illinois. The plaintiff seeks to represent a nationwide class of persons and entities who...more

Federal Class Action Lawsuit Highlights Importance of Sweepstakes Lawyer

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last month, a federal district court in Detroit refused to dismiss a putative class action lawsuit filed against Dunham’s Athleisure Corporation (“Dunham’s”) concerning the regional sporting goods retailer’s sweepstakes...more

TCPA Connect - April 2017

FCC Combats Spoofed Robocalls - As part of an initiative that would enable voice service providers to better protect subscribers from illegal and fraudulent robocalls, the Federal Communications Commission has released a...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2017 #3

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Cross River Bank Takes on Colorado in True Lender Action. This past January, the Administrator of Colorado’s Uniform Consumer Credit Code filed a court action against Marlette Funding LLC (Marlette),...more

Comply with Telemarketing Laws or Face the Consequences

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced its settlement with “the ring leader of telemarketing operations that blasted illegal robocalls to consumers and called phone numbers listed on the National Do Not...more

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