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Time to Step Up Your COPPA Compliance

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has made good on its promise to actively enforce the recently amended Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Here is what you should know about the latest enforcement actions against…more
| Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Ninth Circuit Rules Marketing Consultant Can Be Held Vicariously Liable for Text Messages under TCPA

In a ruling issued late last week, the Ninth Circuit held that a marketing consultant that hired a firm to send text messages for a third party could also be held vicariously liable for violations of the Telephone Consumer…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy

Privacy Tuesday – September 2014

Happy autumnal equinox Home Depot Breach – By the Numbers: - 56 million cards at risk (compare to Target = 40 million) - $62 million in estimated costs (compare to Target =$146 million and…more
| Civil Rights, Privacy, Health, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Breaking News: The COPPA Enforcement Actions Are Here!

As we predicted in prior blog posts, the Federal Trade Commission has begun its vigorous enforcement of the Amended COPPA Rule. And one of the players is not a child-related site, so read on. The Commission just announced …more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy

NIST Issues Draft Report Enumerating Risks and Protections to Consider When Evaluating Mobile Apps for Your Enterprise

As the world recovers from the excitement leading up to Tuesday’s Apple Live Event announcement of the new iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, mobile app developers are chomping at the bit to create software that leverages the new…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

California Sets the Curve with New Regulations on Collection and Use of Student Data

When one thinks of the use of technology in school, often the first image that comes to mind is of students sending ill-advised Snapchats and making in-app purchases that line the pockets of the Kardashian family, rather than…more
| Communications & Media Law, Education, Privacy, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

Privacy Monday – September 2014

Back to school, back to traffic jams … back to Privacy Mondays! Our look at bits and bytes and goofs and gaffes in data privacy and security…more
| Civil Procedure, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Another day, another data breach…..DIYers, beware. This time it’s Home Depot.

It appears that the data breach victim of the week (perhaps of the year) is The Home Depot. Brian Krebs has reported that it appears that two large dumps of purloined credit card numbers have made an appearance on the black…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

UK Information Commissioner’s Office Launches Consultation on Privacy Seal Program

(LONDON) The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is accepting comments from the public on a proposed UK privacy seal program. The deadline for comments is October 3, 2014…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Privacy

NIST Seeks Comments on Cybersecurity Framework

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), publishers of the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (the “Framework”) last February, have published a Request for Information in the Federal…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

“Backoff” Update — More Widespread, PCI Council Issues Call to Action — If You Accept Credit Cards Via Point-of-Sale, You Need to Read This

Some weeks ago, we wrote a piece “What You Need to Know About Backoff Malware: The New Threat Targeting Retailers” . It’s apparently gotten worse. Any business utilizing point-of-sale (POS) terminals for “swiping” credit…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Do you want your under 13 kid to have a Gmail or YouTube account? Google does…..

According to recent media reports, Google is allegedly designing a Google account for children under 13 which would permit children in this age group to officially create their own Gmail account and to access a kid-friendly…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Massive Data Breach Affects 4.5 Million Patients in 29 States

Community Health Systems, Inc. (the “Company”), one of the largest hospital organizations in the country, announced via a public filing (Form 8K) made yesterday with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Report”) that the…more
| Consumer Protection, Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Google, the House of Lords and the timing of the EU Data Protection Regulation

In the Google Spain “Right to be Forgotten” case, the ECJ held that Google must remove links to a newspaper article containing properly published information about a Spanish individual on the basis that the information is no…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Privacy Tuesday: August 2014 #2

There is another retail data breach to talk about in this Privacy Tuesday post – privacy & security bits and bytes to start your week…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology
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