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Update on Google Unauthorized Children’s In-App Purchase Class Action: THE SHOW MUST GO ON!

U.S. District Court Judge Ronald M. Whyte has issued an order granting in part and denying in part Google’s Motion to Dismiss the class action filed against the Company on ­March 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Consumer Protection, Business Torts, Science, Computers, & Technology

Honing in on the new rules for the transfer of personal data outside of the EEA

Although no major legislative milestones for the EU Data Protection Regulation have occurred since March 2014 (see status update here), there has been some progress over the late spring and early summer of 2014. One key item…more
| Finance & Banking, Privacy, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

No news doesn’t mean it’s gone away: Timing Update for the EU Data Protection Regulation

With no major legislative milestones since the March 2014 EU Parliamentary vote endorsing the LIBE draft of the new Data Protection Legislation, observers from outside the EU might understandably wonder whether the legislative…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

COPPA Update: FTC Provides More Flexibility on Obtaining Verifiable Parental Consent

Some clarification and a bit more flexibility was forthcoming late last week from the Federal Trade Commission to help ease compliance with the “new” COPPA. In its recent update to three FAQs in Section H (Verifiable…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy

Privacy Tuesday: July 2014 #3

We are now officially in the throes of “midsummer” on this Privacy Tuesday. And, on occasion in the data privacy world, we agree with Will Shakespeare’s words….“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Even in Privacy Cases, Risk of Injury Does not Always Equal Injury

It’s an ancient conundrum; if a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Privacy litigation may well offer the closest jurisprudential equivalent; if data is stolen, but no one does…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Privacy Tuesday: July 2014 #2

FTC Sues Amazon Over In-App Purchases Made by Children - Children, according to Whitney Houston, are our future, but they are also, according to the Federal Trade Commission, willing to spend unlimited amounts of money to…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Business Torts

Backlash Over Facebook Timeline Experiment Serves as a Reminder: User Expectations Still Trump Fine Print

If you are one of the approximately 1.3 billion people who use Facebook, you’ve likely experienced the phenomenon where a single event (like Luiz Suarez biting that Italian guy or pretty much anything involving TSA) manages to…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy

Hulu Scores a Victory (at least temporarily) in Avoiding Class Certification

Another important decision has been rendered in the ongoing In re: Hulu Privacy Litigation saga pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, this time denying – without prejudice – the…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Privacy Tuesday - July 2014

There are quite a few privacy-related things taking effect July 1. Some reminders: Florida Amendments to Data Breach Notification Law - The Florida Information Protection Act of 2014 (“FIPA”) takes effect tomorrow…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Wyndham Gets Life Preserver in Data Breach Case

New Jersey U.S. District Judge Esther Salas agreed to allow Wyndham Hotels and Resorts LLC to immediately appeal to the Third Circuit a ruling affirming the FTC’s authority to bring data security cases…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Procedure, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Massachusetts High Court Permits Compelled Decryption of Seized Digital Evidence

Today, in Commonwealth v. Gelfgatt, No. SJC-11358 (Mass. June 25, 2014), a divided Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that under certain circumstances, a court may compel a criminal defendant to provide the password to…more
| Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Electronic Discovery, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

D’oh! OCR Confirms that Medical Records Should Not be Left in the Driveway

The most recent Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) HIPAA enforcement action serves as an important reminder to health care providers of the security risks associated with a mishandled medical records custody transfer and the risks…more
| Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Privacy Tuesday – June 2014 #2

DC Update from Politico Morning Tech - “DATA BREACH DRAFT DELAYED – The thorny issue of FTC enforcement has slowed efforts to release a draft of Rep. Lee Terry’s data breach bill, according to sources close to the…more
| Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Five Lessons from OCR’s Report to Congress on Breaches and HIPAA Rules Compliance

Last week, the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) released two reports required by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act: (i) the Annual Report to Congress on Breaches of Unsecured…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology
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