Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - February 1, 2013

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In This Issue:

- FEDERAL ISSUES

- STATE ISSUES

- COURTS

- FIRM NEWS

- FIRM PUBLICATIONS

- MORTGAGES

- BANKING

- CONSUMER FINANCE

- SECURITIES

- CREDIT CARDS

- E-COMMERCE

- PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY

- CRIMINAL ENFORCEMENT

- Excerpt from E-Commerce:

FTC Announces Mobile Privacy Enforcement Action, Issues Mobile Privacy Staff Report. On February 1, the FTC announced that it is requiring a social networking application company to pay $800,000 and make certain compliance enhancements to resolve allegations that the firm (i) misled and deceived users by automatically collecting and storing personal information from users' mobile device address books even if the users had not selected that option and despite claims that the application collected only certain non-personal user information, and (ii) violated the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act Rule by collecting personal information from approximately 3,000 children under the age of 13 without first getting parents' consent. Pursuant to the consent decree, in addition to the monetary penalty, the company must establish a comprehensive privacy program, and obtain independent privacy assessments every other year for the next 20 years.

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