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New DMCA Exemption Allows Consumers to Hack Their Own Vehicles

White & Case Technology Newsflash In a world in which we will soon see fully-autonomous, self-driving vehicles on the road, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") appears to have taken at least one major step towards...more

Cybersecurity 2017 – The Year in Preview: Energy and Security

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a continuing end-of-year series. See our previous posts on trade secrets, state regulation and law enforcement, HIPAA compliance, and emerging threats. Our last post will focus on...more

FTC Complaint Filed Against IoT Businesses

This Tuesday, a consortium of consumer protection and children’s privacy groups filed a Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) complaint against Genesis Toys (“Genesis”) and Nuance Communications, Inc. (“Nuance”) in connection with...more

USDA Proposes Overhaul of Nutrition Facts Panel for Meat and Poultry Products

Earlier this month, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a proposed rule to overhaul the nutrition facts panel for meat and poultry products. FSIS issued its...more

CFPB enters into consent orders with reverse mortgage companies to settle alleged advertising violations

The CFPB announced that it entered into consent orders with three reverse mortgage companies to settle the CFPB’s allegations that the companies engaged in deceptive advertising in violation of the Mortgage Acts and...more

FTC Complaint Made Against Genesis Toys and Nuance Communications

On December 6, 2016, The Electronic Privacy Information Center, The Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, The Center for Digital Democracy and Consumers Union filed a Complaint and Request for Investigation, Injunction...more

NIST Cybersecurity Framework

Businesses today have their work cut out for them. Small or large, no organization is immune from cybersecurity threats. Added pressures arise from stepped up government regulatory oversight and enforcement that targets an...more

Proposed German Law Could Curtail Privacy Rights

Although Germany has tended to advocate relatively strict data protection laws, a recently released draft law could call into question the extent to which Germany will protect privacy rights in the future. The stated purpose...more

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

EPA Selects First 10 Chemicals for TSCA Risk Evaluations

A Set of "Blueprints" for Future Reviews? - In satisfaction of a mid-December deadline under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, EPA has issued the required initial list of ten “high...more

CFPB warns financial companies: tying employee incentives to sales may lead to fraud or consumer abuse

The CFPB has issued a bulletin warning financial companies that tying employee incentives to unrealistic sales goals or to terms of transactions may lead to consumer harm if not properly managed. ...more

Industry May Be Foreshadowing More CFPB Challenges

In our last newsletter, we discussed the CFPB's proposed amendments to its rule regarding the confidential treatment of information obtained from supervised or regulated entities in connection with the exercise of the...more

The Evolving Landscape of the TCPA

On October 20, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard the much-anticipated oral arguments in ACA International, et al. v. Federal Communications Commission, No. 15-1211 (ACA...more

How Does the CFPB View Private Label Servicing?

As mortgage servicing compliance costs have risen year over year, lenders have looked for a way to decrease costs while retaining their customer visibility and brand awareness. In response to this demand, private label...more

CFPB's First Project Catalyst Innovation Report Addresses FinTech Regulation

In October, the CFPB issued its first ever Project Catalyst Innovation Report highlighting "innovation insights" by FinTech companies in multiple areas. The CFPB launched the Project Catalyst initiative in November 2012 with...more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2017

Editor's Note - OCC to Move Forward with Federal FinTech Charter. In a development foreshadowed in the April 6, June 29 and September 14 editions of the Roundup, on December 2, the Office of the Comptroller of the...more

Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity Releases Report

On December 1, the nonpartisan Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity (Commission) released a report on securing and growing the national economy. This report includes six imperatives for enhancing cybersecurity (and...more

EPIC Recommends Privacy Standards For Automated Vehicles

On November 23, 2016, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) issued a 17-page comment document to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) to highlight the privacy risks of automated vehicles...more

Cookies & Consumer Privacy in Online Advertising [Video]

One method providers and their partners employ to collect online consumer data is the use of cookies. While there are various types of cookies, they serve the same overall function: tracking consumer behavior for browser...more

With President-Elect Trump, What Happens Next for the CFPB?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will have its hands full in the coming months with the combined one-two punch it has suffered at the hands of a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals in PHH Corporation v....more

OCC Explores Special Purpose National Bank Charter for Fintech Companies

On December 2, 2016, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) announced its plans to move forward with a proposal to consider applications from financial technology (“fintech”) companies to receive charters as...more

CFPB’s Ombudsman’s Office issues fifth annual report

The CFPB’s Ombudsman’s Office has issued its fifth annual report covering the Office’s activities during fiscal year 2016 (October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016).  The role of the Ombudsman’s Office is to assist in the...more

CPSC Issues Guidance to Encourage the Disclosure of Relevant Consumer Product Safety Information in Private Litigation

On November 29, 2016, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published guidance for private litigants when drafting protective orders, confidentiality agreements, and settlement agreements in litigation related to...more

The U.S. Department of Justice is Ramping Up its Enforcement of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

Think you are in compliance with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act? Now would be a good time to make sure since the federal government is increasing its enforcement efforts as part of its Servicemembers and Veterans...more

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