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What Does This Mean For You?

by King & Spalding on

The Dreher case is significant and should be welcome news for defendants facing technical claims — often broad, putative class actions premised on allegations of hypothetical or informational injuries. The Fourth Circuit is...more

FTC Submits Comments on IoT Security

by Morgan Lewis on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) submitted public comments to the US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in connection with the NTIA’s draft guidance on improving the...more

FTC Updates COPPA Guidance for Businesses

On June 21, 2017, the FTC updated its COPPA Compliance Guidance for businesses. The new guidance includes new descriptions of services and products covered by COPPA, and new methods for obtaining parental consent....more

11th Circuit Hears Oral Argument in LabMD Case

Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, sitting in Miami, heard oral argument in the case of LabMD, Inc. v. Federal Trade Commission, No. 16-16270. ...more

Working with Data Brokers?  Consult a Privacy Lawyer

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

This month, Trusted Media Brands, Inc. (“TMBI”) – the publisher of Reader’s Digest, Every Day with Rachael Ray and other popular magazines – settled a federal class action lawsuit in Manhattan for over $8 million, reinforcing...more

Advertising Law - June 2017 #4

Website, Mobile App Get Changes Thanks to CARU - A new decision from the Children’s Advertising Review Unit demonstrates the self-regulatory body’s efforts to work with a mobile application and website operator to ensure...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

Charities- New York Attorney General Reaches Settlement with Breast Cancer Charity over Fraud Allegations- New York AG Eric Schneiderman reached a settlement with the Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation, Inc. (“BCSF”)...more

The Past, Present, and Future of Government Regulation of Off-Label Communications – Part 3

This is Part 3 in my series exploring the history of FDA’s regulation of off-label communications, which has become newly relevant in light of the recent events highlighted in Part 1. In this installment, I continue...more

Mind the gap – New Size-of-Transaction Test in German merger control

by Hogan Lovells on

New German competition law: Germany takes a pioneering role in adapting its competition law to the digital economy (Part 1) - On 9 June 2017, the 9th amendment of the German Act Against Restraints of Competition (ARC)...more

Queen’s Speech confirms (new) data protection law for the UK

by Dechert LLP on

The Queen’s Speech on 21 June 2017 confirmed the government’s plans for a new data protection law ensuring "that the United Kingdom retains its world-class regime protecting personal data". ...more

FTC Submits Comment To Aid NTIA In Developing Internet of Things Guidance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In its latest effort to address security concerns about Internet of Things (IoT) devices, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has submitted public comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's...more

Significant Rise In Data Privacy Breach Fines In The UK In 2016

by King & Spalding on

A report by professional services firm PwC, using figures from the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”), confirmed that the number of fines handed out for breaking UK data protection laws almost doubled last year,...more

A question of harm: LabMD to face off with FTC at 11th Circuit

In a consequential test of the Federal Trade Commission’s authority as a data security regulator, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit will hear argument tomorrow in a case that will determine whether the agency...more

OCC Office of Innovation to host July office hours in NYC

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The OCC announced that its Office of Innovation will host office hours for national banks, federal savings associations, and financial technology (fintech) companies from July 24 through July 26, 2017 at the OCC’s district...more

Consumer Protection Class Action Lawsuit Over “Free” Candy Crush Plays Will Proceed

by Reed Smith on

A class action lawsuit against the developer of Candy Crush will continue in Illinois federal court. According to the complaint, Candy Crush, a popular mobile game, entices users into sharing the game with Facebook friends in...more

French Data Protection Authority Approves Implementation of Biometric Authentication Tools in Banking Sector

by Jones Day on

On May 29, 2017, the French Data Protection Authority (Commission Nationale Informatique et Libertés, or "CNIL") announced that it had authorized nine banking institutions to implement, on an experimental basis,...more

OCR Publishes Checklist and Infographic for Cyber Attack Response

OCR released a simple checklist and infographic last week to assist Covered Entities and Business Associates with responding to potential cyber attacks. As cybersecurity remains a pressing concern for health care entities,...more

Class Certification Denied in TCPA Fax Class Action Due to Dishonesty

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

On June 2, 2017, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied class certification in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) putative class action. In doing so, the district judge chided...more

Washington Enacts a Biometric Privacy Statute in a Departure from the Existing Standard

We have been writing about the biometric privacy legal landscape, which has thus far been dominated by the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). While there are a number of states that are considering bills...more

Marketer In Hot Water for Inconspicuous TCPA Consent Language

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

A recent decision issued by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has brought renewed emphasis to the importance of prominently displaying TCPA consent language in Internet marketing. In a...more

ECRI Institute Releases Guidance on How to Protect Your Medical Device Systems

by Knobbe Martens on

The ECRI Institute released new guidance in its article: “Ransomware Attacks: How to Protect Your Medical Device Systems” on May 18, 2017. The report recommends various protective actions for hospitals to take and points to...more

Privacy Perils: 2FA or Not 2FA - That is the Question

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

We've previously described and recommended the use of multi-factor (or two factor) authentication (2FA) on multiple occasions...more

Advertising Law - June 2017 #2

BART’s App Crashes Into Privacy Suit - San Francisco’s mass transit organization crashed into a class action in which the plaintiff alleged that its mobile app has been illegally collecting personal information from users....more

Target Settles For $18.5M Over 2013 Customer Data Breach

by King & Spalding on

On May 23, 2017, Target Corp. reached a settlement with 47 states and the District of Columbia, agreeing to pay $18.5 million to resolve the states’ investigation into Target’s 2013 customer data breach. The resolution...more

Mobile Apps: Key Privacy, Security and Data Collection Considerations

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Over the past three years, mobile application usage in the U.S. has increased by 111%, and over 50% of digital media consumption in the U.S. is now through mobile apps. As consumer use of mobile apps continues to rise, the...more

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