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Don’t be a Jerk

Last week the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) charged the operators of Jerk.com with harvesting personal information from Facebook to create profiles for more than an estimated 73 million people, where they could not be...more

Federal Court Refuses to Dismiss FTC Data Security Authority

On April 7, 2014, in a landmark decision with broad implications for American businesses, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey upheld the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s authority to regulate data security...more

Iowa Adds AG Data Breach Notice Requirement

On April 3, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed SF 2259, which amends the state’s data breach notice law to add a requirement that businesses that experience a data breach notify the state attorney general’s office within...more

FTC Still In Charge Of Privacy Enforcement: Ten Lessons From Wyndham

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC ) is the most active and aggressive federal government agency to investigate and enforce data privacy and security laws against businesses. Section 5 of the FTC Act empowers the agency to...more

U.S. and U.K. Sign Memorandum of Understanding for Collaboration on Data Privacy Enforcement

Citing the increasing frequency with which consumer information crosses international borders and the need for coordinated monitoring and enforcement strategies related to consumer privacy, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission...more

States Further Attempt to Protect Minors' Privacy Online

Following the adoption of a California law protecting minors under the age of 18 online, Delaware has now introduced House Bill 261, which would add a new section called the Child Online Protection Act to Title 6 of the...more

Iowa Breach Notification Law Now Requires AG Notification, Applies to Paper Records

Iowa recently joined an increasing number of states that require notification of state regulatory authorities following a breach, as well as a handful of states in which paper records can trigger notification obligations....more

FTC Provides Guidance On Obtaining Parental Consent Under COPPA

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has recently responded to three applications seeking approval for new methods for obtaining parental consent under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule....more

Privacy in Latin America and the Caribbean

With the enactment or implementation of several new data privacy laws in the past couple of years, the privacy landscape in Latin America and the Caribbean continues to change dramatically. Twelve countries in the region now...more

Heartbleed Bug Creates Risk for Businesses and Consumers

On April 8, 2014, several news agencies, including the New York Times and CNN, reported the discovery of a vulnerability in a core security protocol used by an estimated two-thirds of the world’s servers. The vulnerability...more

Kentucky Enacts Data Breach Notification Statute

On April 10, 2014, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signed H.B. 232 into law, making Kentucky the 47th state to enact data breach notification legislation. Prior to H.B. 232, Kentucky was one of only four states—including...more

Balancing the data privacy debate: The benefits of big (and little) data

Comments to the White House's recent request for comments on "big data" and how it affects Americans were due April 4, but even before all the comments have been reviewed, we can be pretty sure that, as usual, most business...more

European Data Protection Supervisor Issues Big Data Opinion

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has issued a preliminary opinion that addresses some of the issues and convergences in EU data protection, consumer protection and competition laws that are not up to date with...more

Issue Of Gmail Users’ Consent To Google’s Email-Interception Practices Defeats Class Certification

Google recently scored a big victory in its battle against claims that it is illegally intercepting and scanning the content of emails in order to provide personalized advertisements to Gmail users. Plaintiffs in the various...more

Federal Court Upholds FTC’s Authority To Bring Enforcement Actions Over Data-Security Standards; Will Class Actions Follow?

Already, 2014 has been an eventful year in the world of data breaches and cybersecurity. In addition to a flurry of litigation over high-profile breaches at the start of the year, the National Institute for Standards and...more

U.S. District Court Confirms FTC Authority To Regulate Corporate Data Security Practices

On April 7, 2014, Judge Esther Salas of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey denied the first ever motion to dismiss filed in Federal court that challenged the authority of the Federal Trade Commission (“the...more

FTC Announces Settlements with Data Brokers over Alleged FCRA Violations

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced two more settlements with data brokers for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The settlements with Instant Checkmate, Inc., InfoTrack Information...more

Advertising Law

COPPA + State Law = Privacy Protection for Teens - How does the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) interact with state law privacy protections for teens? According to amicus briefs filed by both...more

Many Lessons for Companies to Learn After the Target Data Breach

The red bull’s-eye. Even shoppers that don’t frequent Target know the retailer’s ubiquitous logo. But what many holiday shoppers — both loyal Target customers and casual visitors to the trendy discount store — didn’t...more

Federal Court Holds That FTC May Regulate Company Data Security Practices

In a closely watched and first-of-its-kind case, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey rejected, for purposes of a motion to dismiss, a defendant company’s argument that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)...more

New Jersey Federal Court Upholds The FTC’s Authority To Regulate Data Security

On April 7, a highly anticipated opinion was issued by New Jersey District Court Judge Esther Salas in a case that will likely have broad implications in the realms of privacy and data security. The case in question is FTC v....more

Internet of Things at the Salone, but what legal issues for furnitures?

The Internet of Things will generate 9 billion devices by 2018 according to estimates, but the recent hacker attack that caused a fridge to send over 750,000 spam and phishing messages over the Christmas break create concerns...more

FTC Announces Settlements for Mobile App Security Issues

On March 28, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced settlements with Fandango, LLC and Credit Karma, Inc. resolving charges that the companies misrepresented the security of their mobile apps in violation of...more

FTC Found to Have Authority Over Standard for Consumer Data Security by NJ District Court

In a first of its kind opinion, a New Jersey district court holds that the FTC has the authority to set a standard for consumer data security and that it can sue for breach of that standard under its authority to bring...more

Part I: The Elephant Emerges From the Mousehole: The Wyndham Worldwide Case and the Expanding Power of the FTC to Police Data...

In support of its motion to dismiss the FTC’s complaint alleging data security deficiencies in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation cited the Supreme Court’s opinion in Whitman v. American...more

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