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What is public can still be ‘private’: European Court of Human Rights halts journalists from re-publishing Finnish citizens’...

In a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (“ECHR”) handed down in July 2015, the right to respect for individuals’ privacy balance trumped journalists’ right to freedom of expression....more

Facebook Seeks Dismissal in Illinois Facial Recognition Biometric Privacy Suit

As we have previously noted, Facebook has been named as a defendant in a number of lawsuits claiming that its facial recognition-based system of photo tagging violates the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). ...more

Why Can’t We Be Friends? FTC and FCC Formalize Cooperation in Consumer Privacy Enforcement

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently formalized an agreement to cooperate when regulating the “deceptive, unfair, unjust and/or unreasonable” acts and practices of common...more

Revival of Cookie Litigation Highlights Risks Associated with Mobile Tracking Technologies

On November 10, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit revived several privacy claims against Google pertaining to the Internet company’s practice of side-stepping “cookie blockers” on Microsoft’s Internet...more

DAA Guidance for Cross Device Data Collection

On the same day that the Federal Trade Commission was holding a workshop on cross-device tracking, the privacy self-regulatory group Digital Advertising Alliance released guidance related to the cross-device collection and...more

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act Overview

The TCPA has been a source of significant class action activity in recent years as businesses seek to navigate the law and plaintiffs’ lawyers seek to exploit its many ambiguities....more

Optical Express appeal highlights the need for caution over third-party marketing lists

In a decision of 31 August 2015, the First-Tier Tribunal provided important clarification on the use of third-party mailing lists. Optical Express v Information Commissioner (EA/2014/0014) is significant for organisations...more

Advertising Law - November 2015 #3

FTC Flushes Claims for "Flushable" Wipes - Reminding advertisers about the importance of environmental marketing claims, the Federal Trade Commission approved a final consent order in an enforcement action against...more

FCC Settles Data Breach Investigation with Cox Communications

Recently, the Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) entered into a settlement with Cox Communications (Cox) resolving an investigation into whether the cable operator failed to properly protect its...more

Unsubscribe Problems Nets Telecommunications Provider Under Anti-spam Law

November 20, 2015 the CRTC announced that Rogers Media Inc had paid $200,000 as part of an undertaking to resolve alleged violations of Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL)....more

Courts Consider Definition of Autodialer and Standing under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act after FCC Ruling

In July, the FCC issued its omnibus ruling responding to 21 petitions seeking exemptions or clarification of certain provisions of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The ruling addresses the statutory definition of...more

FTC Finalizes Rule Banning Telemarketer Use of Remotely Created Payments

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has finalized changes to its telemarketing sales rule (TSR) that will prohibit sellers and telemarketers from creating or accepting remotely created payment orders or checks, cash-to-cash...more

FCC and FTC Reach Consumer Protection Memorandum of Understanding (MOU): Agencies Promise Cooperation, Express Shared Jurisdiction...

On November 16, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in which the two agencies agreed to engage in greater coordination and...more

Commission Examines Privacy and Cybersecurity Issues Associated With Emerging Cross-Device Tracking Technology

On Monday, November 16, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a workshop that examined the key privacy and security issues raised by emerging technologies that track users across their various devices, such as smartphones,...more

Recent Cases Highlight Importance of Compliance with Hong Kong Privacy Law

The use of personal data in direct marketing without the customer’s consent and without fulfilling legal prerequisites has resulted fines issued by the Hong Kong Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Personal Data (“PCPD”)....more

Delaware Enacts Comprehensive Online Privacy Protection Law

On January 1, 2016, the Delaware Online Privacy and Protection Act (“DOPPA”) will go into force, a law that provides strong online privacy protection for its residents. The new law targets three areas of compliance: (1)...more

“Human Intervention” Precludes ATDS Classification under New FCC TCPA Order, California Federal District Court Holds

In a memorandum opinion, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California recently held that the defendant’s manual use of a desktop telephone was not subject to liability under the new Federal Communications...more

FCC settles data security enforcement action with Cox

In what had been touted as the first data security enforcement action with a cable operator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has agreed to settle an enforcement action following a data breach with Cox...more

Pharmacy settles TCPA class action for $15 million for unsolicited fax ads

PharMerica settled a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action initiated by a group of nursing homes over allegations that the pharmacy inundated the nursing homes with unsolicited fax advertisements in violation...more

FCC Settles with Company Over Alleged Data Protection Failures

On November 5, the FCC resolved its first ever data security action against a cable company with a $595,000 settlement. According to the FCC, the company did not have adequate data security measures in place for employees and...more

“And That’s the End!” 11th Circuit Ends VPPA Action in Ellis, But Leaves the Question of What is PII Unresolved

Digital content and media providers got some good news from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in October when the court held that plaintiffs must be “subscribers” and not just users of a provider’s service to...more

Parental consent by selfie?

As a general rule, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) requires operators of websites (including mobile apps) directed to children under the age of 13 to obtain verifiable parental consent before collecting...more

Facebook Sentenced to a Daily Fine of 250,000 Euros by a Belgian Court

Once again, Facebook is in the spotlight. On November 9, following the Recommendation 04/2015 of May 13, 2015, issued by the Belgian Data Protection Authority (Belgian DPA) that we mentioned in a previous blog post, a Belgian...more

Google seeks dismissal or stay of email scanning litigation

Google has recently asked a California federal court to dismiss a proposed class action alleging that the company’s practice of scanning Gmail users e-mail for marketing data violates federal and state privacy laws, primarily...more

What is the TCPA and Why is it of Concern to Long Term Care Facilities?

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) was enacted in 1991 to protect consumers, especially cell phone consumers, from unwanted robocalls and texts. The Act applies to virtually any company that utilizes auto-dialing...more

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