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FTC Publishes revised COPPA FAQs, clarifies parental consent methods

The FTC has issued three new FAQs clarifying the “verifiable parental consent” requirements under the COPPA Rule. In one of the revised FAQs, the FTC reiterates that the COPPA Rule’s list of parental consent methods is...more

Secretary of the Treasury Lew Urges Financial Institutions to Enhance Their Cybersecurity Defenses

Secretary of the Treasury Jacob J. Lew presented remarks at a conference hosted by CNBC and Institutional Investor in which he urged financial institutions to increase their cybersecurity defense efforts because cyber...more

Information Security Training Can Even Save Your Grandparents

My morning routine includes driving to work and listening to The Bert Show, which, if you’re not familiar. is a morning talk show that covers celebrity gossip, local news, and even real life problems such as cheating...more

Several States Aggressively Address Data Security

Legislative action abound! The nation’s several states have been busy this year attempting to protect the citizenry’s protected personal and private information....more

CFPB Proposes Publishing Consumer Complaint Narratives

Yesterday, in advance of a field hearing being held today on consumer complaints, the CFPB released a proposal to expand the amount of information that will be included in the Consumer Complaint Database to include certain...more

Data protection issues for Google trouble BIG DATA business

Data protection issues for Google in Italy are not over. The Italian Data Protection Authority (DPA) has now challenged their privacy information notice requiring – among others – an express consent from users to their...more

COPPA Update: FTC Provides More Flexibility on Obtaining Verifiable Parental Consent

Some clarification and a bit more flexibility was forthcoming late last week from the Federal Trade Commission to help ease compliance with the “new” COPPA. In its recent update to three FAQs in Section H (Verifiable...more

New COPPA Guidance from FTC Significant for Apps and Platforms

The FTC has updated its guidance regarding compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Amendments to its Frequently Asked Questions reveal a softened position on using credit cards to verify parental...more

FTC Clarifies COPPA “Verifiable Parental Consent” Requirements

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) modified guidelines it issues to developers who make apps specifically for children. App developers have taken advantage of the soaring lucrative app market aimed at a younger audience that...more

Cybersecurity—There Is an App for That!

Many of our readers and those active in cybersecurity have been following ThreatWatch from Nextgov. This highly informative site provides a daily snapshot of the data breaches impacting organizations and individuals on a...more

How can you avoid identity theft?

Getting charged for $1000 worth of electronics that you didn’t buy. Seeing your credit score plummet for seemingly no reason. These types of scenarios are potential nightmares for most of us, but they seem unlikely...more

App Developers Should Note Revisions to COPPA FAQs

The FTC’s July 10, 2014 complaint filed against Amazon has left app developers with concerns about how to make apps that target kids and still comply with the law. The complaint, brought under Section 5(a) of the FTC Act,...more

New York Attorney General Report Shows the Number of Data Breaches is on the Rise and Recommends Steps to Take for Protecting...

On July 15, 2014, the New York Attorney General issued a report examining the growing number and costs of data breaches in the state of New York. The report titled, “Information Exposed: Historical Examination of Data...more

CFPB Proposes Publishing Detailed Consumer Complaints

On July 16, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a proposal to expand public disclosure of details of consumer complaints filed via its web-based public consumer complaint database....more

FTC Report Sheds Light on Dark World of Data Brokers

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently issued a report entitled “Data Brokers: A Call for Transparency and Accountability” that identifies various concerns raised by the “Big Data” industry and provides solutions for...more

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) Will Impact U.S. Companies

?????Canada’s Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam Bill, better known as Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), was enacted in December 2010, but enforcement of the law did not commence until July 1, 2014, on Canada Day. The...more

Storming the CASL - Your email to Canada may now be against the law

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) took effect July 1, 2014. CASL prohibits sending commercial electronic messages (CEMs) such as email, to parties in Canada without consent. If you don’t have consent or fall under one of...more

California Court Grants Hospital Summary Judgment on Data Breach Claim

In its recent decision in Eisenhower Medical Center v. Superior Court, 226 Cal. App. 4th 430(Cal. App. 4th Dist. 2014), the Court of Appeal of California, Fourth District, had occasion to consider whether a medical facility’s...more

Florida’s New Data Breach Notification Law And What It Means for Florida Businesses

The Florida Information Protection Act of 2014 (the “Act”) became effective July 1, 2014 and replaced Florida’s previous data breach notification law. Under the Act, all Florida businesses must take “reasonable measures to...more

A Legal Guide to Privacy and Data Security

A Legal Guide to Privacy and Data Security, a new book offering guidance on a wide variety of privacy and data security laws and how those laws may impact your business, is now available from the Minnesota Department of...more

Delaware's New Data Destruction Law Takes Effect January 1, 2015

Delaware House Bill 295 was signed into law on July 1. The law provides that if a commercial entity seeks to dispose of records containing consumers' personal identifying information, the commercial entity must take...more

Financial missteps and equal access: Is bounced check history now private information?

A consumer reporting agency may collect and compile this information, and it may be accessed, but others cannot use it If you want to open a consumer checking or savings account at a bank, credit union or other...more

What is the Scope of the FTC’s Authority When it Comes to Data Security? Wyndham Asks Third Circuit to Consider

In early July, Wyndham Hotels asked the Third Circuit Court of Appeals to decide whether the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has the authority to oversee corporate data security. Although the FTC has brought dozens of actions...more

CFPB and federal banking regulators increase focus on cybersecurity

As part of their increased focus on cybersecurity, the CFPB and federal banking are taking steps to raise financial institutions’ awareness about the need for preparedness. On June 24, 2014, the Federal Financial Institutions...more

EU Cloud Standardisation Guidelines

In November 2012, we wrote an Alert about the European Commission’s Communication on Cloud Computing intended, it said, to “… unleash the potential of cloud computing in Europe”. Sceptics were doubtful that the cloud...more

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