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"European Commission Launches Antitrust Sector Inquiry Into E-Commerce"

On May 6, 2015, the European Commission (Commission) launched an antitrust sector inquiry into the e-commerce sector. This sector inquiry is part of the Commission’s broader Digital Single Market Strategy, which aims inter...more

Roadmap Offers Important Insights on How to Prepare for FTC Data Breach Investigations

On May 20, 2015, Federal Trade Commission Assistant Director Mark Eichorn of the Bureau of Consumer Protection’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection (DPIP) offered an inside look into the FTC’s investigative process...more

Federal Trade Commission Targets Organizations with Expired U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Certifications

Organizations in the United States that certify to the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework to transfer and receive personal data about residents of the European Union must annually reaffirm to the U.S. Department of Commerce that...more

Keeping Your Privacy Promises: Retail Tracking and Opt-Out Choices

As children, many of us were taught how important it is to “keep your word.” Similarly, it is black letter privacy law that if a company commits (for instance, in a privacy policy or in website statements) to certain actions...more

FTC says self-reporting is likely to result in more favorable resolution

Last week, the FTC encouraged companies to self-report data breaches with the promise of more likely favorable treatment. The statement comes in a blog post, authored by Mark Eichorn, an Assistant Director in the FTC Bureau...more

The FTC Weighs in on In-Store Tracking. Or Does It?

In law school, everybody learns the adage that hard cases make bad law. When it comes to the Federal Trade Commission, a better aphorism might be, “easy cases make new law.” The FTC’s recent settlement with Nomi Technologies...more

E-commerce delay in product delivery can be misleading

The Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) recently sanctioned three e-commerce operators for unfair commercial practices due to lack (or delay) in the delivery of products initially declared to be in stock and due to false...more

Federal Trade Commission Signals Intensified Focus on Security-By-Design and the Internet of Things With New Start with Security...

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently launched a new Start with Security initiative that aims to provide businesses with resources, education and guidance on best practices for data security. Announced by FTC Consumer...more

FTC sued by blogger to release data security guidelines

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was sued this week by Philip Reitinger, a fellow blogger and former Deputy Undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He is now President of VisionSpear LLC, an information...more

Choppy Seas for Companies Falsely Claiming Compliance with U.S.-EU Safe Harbor

Ensuring and maintaining compliance with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor principles should be a priority for U.S. entities receiving personal data relating to EU residents, in no small part to avoid the FTC leveling the charge and...more

Nomi FTC Settlement Highlights Risks of Publicizing Company Privacy Policies

A closely divided Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or the “Commission”) has signaled support for the agency’s recent focus on mobile device privacy. On April 23, 2015, the five-member Commission voted 3-2 to accept a proposed...more

FTC, State Regulators, and Apple Weigh in on RadioShack Customer Data Sale

RadioShack filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware bankruptcy court in February, seeking a court-supervised sale of $1.2 billion in assets. Included in the sale is a database of customer information from about 1,700...more

Status of Pay-for-Delay Cases Nearly Two Years After Actavis – “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”

Nearly two years ago the Supreme Court issued its opinion in FTC v. Actavis, 133 S. Ct. 2223 (2013), holding that a reverse payment made by a brand manufacturer to a generic manufacturer to resolve pending patent litigation...more

Self-Regulatory Ad Programs Get Updated with Enforcement of Mobile Guidance to Begin Sept. 1

The digital advertising industry’s decision to start enforcing its self-regulatory principles will mean that mobile platform advertisers and other entities will face additional consumer notification, data use, and data...more

FTC Commissioner Says That The FTC’s Data Privacy And Security Enforcement Authority Applies To The “Internet of Things”

In a keynote address at the European Data Protection Days conference on May 4, 2015, Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) Commissioner Julie Brill said that the FTC has enforcement authority under Section 5 of the FTC Act...more

Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t: Why The FTC’s Lack of Privacy Regulations May Lead Some Businesses To Abandon Best Data...

I chose to write my privacy law paper on the FTC and its seemingly limitless enforcement authority. Specifically, I argued that the FTC’s lack of clear regulations makes it difficult, if not impossible, for companies to be...more

California Supreme Court Scrutinizes Reverse Payment ANDA Settlements

In In Re Cipro Cases I & II, the California Supreme Court laid out a four-part rule of reason analysis for evaluating ANDA settlements that involve a reverse payment to the generic challenger (also referred to as “pay for...more

Federal Trade Commission Obtains a Near Record-Breaking Disgorgement in a Monopolization Case

On April 20, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that Cardinal Health, Inc. (“Cardinal”), agreed to pay $26.8 million to resolve allegations that it violated Section 2 of the Sherman Act by monopolizing the...more

FTC Ramps Up Scrutiny of Retail Location Analytics

To improve customer experience and understand customers’ movements and interactions on their premises, retailers, hotels and other brick-and-mortar businesses increasingly use signals from mobile devices to observe their...more

Beware – Price Fixing by Algorithms

So, you’ve designed a great looking poster. Posters are sold all over Twitter and other social media sites, and now you’ve been lucky enough to land a space in Amazon Marketplace. You’re not the only one selling posters, of...more

Apple’s Streaming Music Service Under Investigation

It has been a busy several months for antitrust regulators and the tech giants whose alleged conduct has recently drawn their ire. Just a few weeks ago, Google formally became the subject of a European investigation into its...more

CA Supreme Court Issues First Decision Extending FTC v. Actavis to State Antitrust Litigation

The California Supreme Court issued a decision today in the Cipro antitrust cases, concluding that the analysis set forth by the U.S. Supreme Court in FTC v. Actavis applies to alleged “pay-for-delay” pharmaceutical patent...more

Consumer Privacy and Broadband: The Debate Begins

Privacy and data security are high priorities of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under the leadership of Chairman Tom Wheeler. In addition to significant enforcement actions against AT&T and TerraCom/YourTel that...more

Retail Tracking Firm Slammed with FTC Consent Order

The Federal Trade Commission last month announced a proposed consent order settling claims against Nomi Technologies, a third-party mobile tracking service that collects data about consumers' in-store shopping behavior. The...more

FTC Continues its Push to Regulate the Collection and Use of Location Information

Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had settled charges with Nomi Technologies, Inc. regarding its collection and use of information that could be used to track the movements of individuals through...more

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