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FCC’s New Broadband Privacy Rules Stirs Up Opponents and Advocates

Under controversial new rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission, consumers may choose how internet service providers use and share their personal data. The FCC adopted the rules, which apply regardless of...more

Advertising Law - December 2016

$30M Judgment for Green Coffee Weight Loss Defendant - An executive behind a green coffee weight loss product scam was hit with a $30 million judgment in a recent Federal Trade Commission action in Florida federal...more

Avoiding the Enforcement Crosshairs of Cross-Device Tracking

The Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) recently announced that enforcement of its guidance on cross-device tracking (the “Application of the DAA Principles of Transparency and Control to Data Used Across Devices”) is set to...more

FTC Report on Sharing Economy Cautions Regulators Not to Impede Innovation

In 1942, economist Joseph Schumpeter observed that the "creative destruction" of innovation often drives economic growth in market economies as companies continuously introduce new products or services, or new ways to produce...more

Fax Marketing and the TCPA

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (“TCPA”), as amended by the Junk Fax Protection Act of 2005 (“JFPA”), prohibits, among other things, the use of telecopiers to deliver unsolicited commercial advertising material....more

Advertising Law - November 2016 #4

CARU Emphasizes Accurate Performance, Use Presentations for Children - Two recent Children's Advertising Review Unit decisions emphasize the importance of providing accurate performance and use presentations for products...more

Facebook Alleges Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act Unconstitutional

On November 11, 2016, Facebook, Inc. (“Facebook”), filed an answer (“Answer”) in response to a consolidated class action complaint (“Complaint”) alleging that Facebook generates, collects, stores and uses “face geometry”...more

Privacy Perils: Identify Theft and Social Networking

Identity theft through social networking is on the rise. Hacked accounts may be used to impersonate you and potentially cause reputational harm, or may even link the hacker to your financial account information and...more

Decision to Block LinkedIn in Russia Demonstrates Russian Government’s Commitment to Enforce New “Localization” Requirements for...

- Recent amendments to Russia’s data processing rules require that databases used to process personal information of Russian citizens be located in the Russian Federation, even if the data is maintained by foreign...more

Hooters Loses Spokeo-Based Challenge to TCPA Lawsuit

Hooters of America, LLC (“Hooters”) recently lost a challenge to a federal lawsuit brought in connection with allegations that its text message advertisements violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). The...more

Pharmaceutical Companies Face Fax Marketing TCPA Class Action

On November 11, 2016, a putative class action complaint was filed against two related pharmaceutical companies alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). Specifically, the complaint alleges that...more

Data Breach Trends

Verizon’s annual report investigating data breach information finds that phishing—which it defines as malicious correspondence involving a link or attachment to install malware on the victim’s computer or system—is still the...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 7, Issue 6

Commercializing user-Generated Content: Five risk reduction strategies - We’re in the midst of a seismic shift in how companies interact with user-generated content (UGC). For years, companies were happy simply to...more

FTC Settles With Sales Lead Generators For $100,000

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) settled a claim against the Consumer Education Group for $100,000 regarding alleged violations of the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (“TSR”) and Section 5(a) of the FTC Act. The...more

WhatsApp-Facebook Data Sharing Attracts Scrutiny from EU Privacy Authorities

European Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) recently launched investigations into WhatsApp’s sharing of user data with Facebook. (Facebook owns WhatsApp.) DPAs ordered WhatsApp to stop sharing the data pending the...more

New FCC Privacy Rules for Broadband and Voice Providers

In an order issued November 2, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission for the first time imposed privacy requirements on providers of broadband internet access services (“BIAS”). The much-anticipated order was an...more

FCC Adopts Privacy Regulations for Broadband Internet Service Providers

On October 27, 2016 the FCC announced its adoption of an Order establishing a set of privacy regulations ("Broadband Privacy Rules") governing the use of consumer personal information by Broadband Internet Service Providers...more

Advertising Law - November 2016

Ken Bone: Breakout Star, Violator of FTC Guides? - One thing folks on both sides of the political aisle can agree upon is that Ken Bone left the second presidential debate as a breakout star. But he may have tripped up...more

Germany to audit 500 companies on data transfers

The German data protection authorities have announced today that they have chosen 500 companies throughout Germany to audit their transfer of personal data to the US and other countries (eg. India). The targets were chosen...more

FTC Settles Telemarketing Sales Rule Claim for $2.3 Million

On November 1, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced its settlement with a “collection of entities” known as Consumer Education Group (“CEG”) for alleged violations of the Telemarketing Sales Rule (the “TSR”). ...more

FCC Approves Consumer Privacy Rules For Broadband ISPs

On October 27, 2016, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), in a 3-2 vote along party lines, adopted new privacy rules for broadband providers aimed at protecting the privacy of consumers. FCC Chairman Tom...more

ECJ Confirms Dynamic IP Address May Constitute Personal Data But Can Be Logged to Combat Cyberattacks

On 19 October 2016, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) held (Case C-582/14 – Breyer v Federal Republic of Germany) that dynamic IP addresses may constitute personal data. The ECJ also held that a website operator may collect...more

Google Makes Ad-Tracking Change in its Privacy Policy

In 2007, Google bought online ad network DoubleClick, which uses cookies to collect and store data about Google users from their browsing history, to best place clients’ ads. This past June, Google revised its privacy policy...more

FCC Robocall Strike Force Releases Its Report on Curbing Unwanted and Illegal Robocalls

On October 26, the Federal Communications Commission convened a second meeting of the Robocall Strike Force, which has been working for two months to develop solutions to the problem of illegal and unwanted robocalls. The...more

FCC Adopts New Privacy Rules for Broadband Internet Service Providers

The Federal Communications Commission adopted, by a 3-2 vote, new privacy and data security rules for broadband Internet service providers. Although the official Order is not yet available, the new privacy rules are...more

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