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On February 26, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to adopt its Open Internet Order (Order). The Order reclassifies both wired and mobile “broadband Internet access service” as a “telecommunications...more
Late last week, President Obama released a “discussion draft” of the Administration’s long awaited Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act. At first blush, the results are a mixed bag: some good, some not so good, much work...more
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Yesterday we brought you the first part in DWT’s series analyzing the Obama Administration’s proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, which would require greater...more
On February 27, 2015, the Obama White House released an “Administration Discussion Draft” of its Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2015 (Proposed Consumer Privacy Act). ...more
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On January 27, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued an FTC staff report titled “Internet of Things: Privacy & Security in a Connected World” (Report). The Report summarizes the FTC’s November 2013 workshop on the privacy...more
On Friday, Feb. 27, the Obama administration unveiled a proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights that would require businesses to be more transparent in privacy practices, and provide individuals certain rights aimed at...more
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Friday, the Obama Administration released a draft Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act, aimed at establishing baseline protections for individual privacy in the commercial world. If enacted, the bill would preempt state law...more
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A mobile app that collects users’ location data while the mobile app is not in use should clearly disclose such practices and provide users with choices. Failure to do so could give rise to an FTC claim of deceptive...more
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Since we last reported on state and federal investigations into recent generic drug price increases, the investigations have moved forward against Philadelphia-based Lannett Co. On November 20, a Senate healthcare...more
The Australian government released a package of telecommunications amendments that apparently embrace competition at a number of levels. In the short term, they allow competition between infrastructure providers and...more
On January 27, 2015 the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) issued a report detailing best practices and recommendations that businesses engaged in the Internet of Things (“IoT”) can follow to protect consumer privacy and...more
On January 21, Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich outlined in a speech before advertising industry professionals how businesses using targeted advertising may avoid legal...more
“When your yogurt pots start talking to you“. Do you remember? This was the start of a call for action from the European Commission on Internet of Things back in 2009....more
On January 12, 2015, President Obama proposed the Personal Data Notification & Protection Act, which would create a federal standard for data breach notification. The proposed bill is part of a more wide-ranging effort by the...more
The Department of Justice (the “Department” or “DOJ”) continued its multi-pronged defense of standards-setting organizations (SSOs) who adopt patent policies to prevent hold-up during licensing negotiations. Last week’s...more
Despite Congress enacting legislation in 2007 to curb misuse, citizen petitions submitted by pharmaceutical companies to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may still provide a mechanism for competitors to delay the...more
The growing frequency, impact and sophistication of cyberattacks in the U.S. and abroad have highlighted the need to address America's lack of a unified federal cybersecurity framework. No single congressional committee or...more
DOJ recently concluded that a standard-setting organization's proposal to update its policy regarding patents underlying its standards was pro-competitive. DOJ's analysis of the association's process and legal structure...more
Mr Giovanni Buttarelli, the newly appointed European Data Protection Supervisor (“EDPS”), spoke earlier this week at a seminar in Brussels on antitrust, privacy and big data.
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The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) voted four to one to release a report on the Internet of Things (“IoT”), which refers to the ability of everyday objects to connect to the Internet and transmit data about a consumer. The...more
Highlighting the importance of cybersecurity in a time of data breaches and cyber attacks that have compromised our national security, privacy, economy, and businesses, President Obama incorporated cybersecurity issues in his...more
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