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Facial Recognition Technology: Social Media and Beyond, an Emerging Concern

This week, a major self-regulatory initiative intended to address privacy concerns associated with facial recognition technology hit a significant stumbling block. Nine consumer advocacy groups withdrew from the National...more

The Nuts and Bolts of Digital Advertising

“We have the best mobile app on the market!” “Subscribe now and win an Apple watch!” “Download our software and we guarantee an increase in your business within 30 days!” That all sounds quite wonderful, actually. Where do I...more

That is SO last week - June 2015 #2

Over the past couple of weeks, payroll giant ADP and successful HR startup Zenefits got into what The Starr Conspiracy has called a “kerfuffle” over Zenefits’ use of ADP’s employer data and millions of employees’ personal...more

Inside Insight: How the FTC Approaches Data Breach Investigations

A data breach hurts in a myriad of ways – the tarnished image of the breached company, the diminished consumer trust and the bottom-line impact of remedial costs and lost business. The last thing a company already reeling...more

EU/Swiss-U.S. Safe Harbor: More Scrutiny by the FTC?

On May 29, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") announced the approval of the final orders for two U.S. companies, TES Franchising, LLC ("TES") and American International Mailing, Inc. ("AIM"), settling complaints that...more

Seven Key Topics to Track During ICANN 53 in Buenos Aires

The 53rd international meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) commences in earnest on Monday, June 22, 2015, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with some sessions beginning as early as Saturday,...more

Staying Out of the FTC’s Data Security Cross-Hairs

As the Federal Trade Commission acknowledges in a recent blog post, no company wants to discover that its data security practices are under federal investigation. Yet any company that collects, uses or maintains consumer data...more

Advertising Law - May 2015 #5

DAA Mobile Privacy Code Enforcement Begins In September - Get ready: September 1 marks the beginning of enforcement of the Digital Advertising Alliance’s mobile privacy code, the group recently announced. Companies will...more

Inside Insight: How the FTC Approaches Data Breach Investigations

A data breach hurts in a myriad of ways – the tarnished image of the breached company, the diminished consumer trust, and the bottom-line impact of remedial costs and lost business. The last thing a company already reeling...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

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

Health Update - May 2015

Building a Culture of Health: The Value Proposition of Retail Clinics - Editor’s Note: Since first emerging on the healthcare landscape more than 15 years ago, retail clinics have seen significant growth. There are now...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

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

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

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

Take Care in Using Consumer Data to Drive Dynamic Pricing of E-Commerce

Dynamic pricing is the practice of offering different prices to consumers based on various factors designed to maximize sales and profits, which may include the retailer’s perception of the willingness of a particular...more

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