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State AGs Looking to Crack Down on Telemarketers Press FCC and FTC

A majority of the nation’s state and territorial Attorneys General have collectively urged the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission to revisit rules and policies in ways that would help law...more

State AGs Urge FTC to Strengthen Telemarketing Sales Rule

This week, 38 state Attorneys General (AGs) submitted comments to update the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR). In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the AGs called for a number of new requirements as part of the...more

Federal Communications Commission Steps Loudly Into Realm of Data Privacy Enforcement

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) announced its entrance into the data privacy enforcement realm by issuing a $10 million fine against two telecommunications companies for failing to adequately...more

Recent State Attorney General Merger Enforcement: Charting a Different Path from the Feds - or Not?

As hospital and physician consolidation continues, state Attorneys General (AG) have not abdicated the merger enforcement arena to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or the United States Department of Justice (DOJ)...more

New York AG, FTC Bring Major Action against Debt Collection Operation

The New York Attorney General and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a joint debt collection enforcement action that had been filed in June in federal court in Buffalo, New York, against several corporations...more

Disappearing Act Fails – Maryland Attorney General and FTC “snap” back at Snapchat

Recently, the Maryland Attorney General’s Office announced that it reached a settlement with Snapchat, Inc. over alleged deceptive trade practices in violation of Maryland law and violations of federal laws that are intended...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity - May 2014

In This Issue: - EU Court of Justice Creates Broad Interpretation of the ‘Right to be Forgotten’ - White House Publishes Report on Risks and Opportunities Posed by ‘Big Data’ Practices - California AG...more

California Attorney General Issues Guidance on Do Not Track

In 2013, the California Legislature passed a tracking transparency bill, AB 370, which amended the California Online Privacy Protection Act (“CalOPPA”). AB 370 requires commercial website operators to inform users of how they...more

Georgia Attorney General Latest To Sue Tribe-Affiliated Online Payday Lender

On July 29, Georgia Attorney General (AG) Sam Olens announced a lawsuit against a payday lending operation affiliated with a Native American Tribe for allegedly making illegal loans in that state....more

NJ Attorney General Settles with PulsePoint for $1 Million

Digital marketing company, PulsePoint entered into a Consent Order with the New Jersey Attorney General and agreed to pay $1 million, following an investigation of claims that PulsePoint bypassed privacy setting of Apple’s...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - July 26, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - MISCELLANY - FIRM NEWS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - E-COMMERCE - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY - Excerpt...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - June 7, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - CREDIT CARDS - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY -...more

Google: Better to Seek Forgiveness Than Permission?

For years, Google has been blazing trails in the technology world and along the way they have been caught in a few snares. The latest entanglement wrapped up this week as the company settled a two-year investigation led by an...more

“Wide-Ranging Investigation” Leads FTC and Idaho AG to Join Ongoing Antitrust Lawsuit Challenging Acquisition of Idaho’s Largest...

After dodging an attempt by two of its competitors to stop the closing of its acquisition of Saltzer Medical Group (“Saltzer”)—a for-profit, physician-owned, multi-specialty group comprising approximately 44 physicians...more

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

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - MISCELLANY - FIRM NEWS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY - CRIMINAL...more

Two California Privacy Bills Introduced

California Assemblyman Isadore Hall introduced Assembly Bill 257 which addresses mobile privacy. The bill would codify many of the best practices proposed by the California Attorney General in her report titled “Privacy on...more

Designing for Privacy & Web Success

Originally published in Website Magazine, on January 18, 2013. It is a safe prediction for 2013 that public awareness of websites’ data privacy issues will continue to increase. In the last few years, popular websites,...more

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

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - CREDIT CARDS - E-COMMERCE - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY -...more

Maryland AG Launches New Internet Privacy Unit, Plans Aggressive Enforcement

Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler (D) has announced that his office is launching a new Internet Privacy Unit designed to address issues related to online privacy and to ensure that companies are in compliance with...more

FTC and California Attorney General Issue Reports on Mobile Privacy

The Federal Trade Commission and the California Attorney General have recently published reports focused on mobile privacy. The FTC’s “Mobile Privacy Disclosures” staff report, released on February 1, 2013, followed the...more

Advertising Law -- Jan 31, 2013

In This Issue: California’s “Best Practices” for Mobile Apps Draw Criticism from Ad Groups; FTC Settles First FCRA Suit Involving Mobile Apps; Sony Settles Suit with Actor from PlayStation Ads; Court: Twitter Terms Not a...more

Recent Privacy Developments: California AG Continues to Lead on Mobile with New Recommendations and FTC Amends COPPA

Nearly all businesses today are involved in some way in the development or distribution of mobile applications. The first part of this Client Alert highlights recent activities of the California State Attorney General to...more

Privacy Resolutions for Mobile App Providers in the New Year

The end of 2012 saw a flurry of activity in the area of privacy enforcement. In July, Kamala Harris, the Attorney General of California, announced the formation of California's own state agency to investigate and enforce the...more

Advertising Law -- Jan 02, 2013

In This Issue: Does a Virtual Pet Site Violate COPPA?; Legislative Updates: Geolocation bill and VPPA Updates Advance, ECPA Update Stalls; Dunkin’s “Best Coffee” Slogan Can’t Be Trademarked; Takeoff: First California...more

Increasing Scrutiny of Consumer Data Collection

Recent FTC and California Attorney General actions highlight the need to reassess privacy policies. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently ordered the data brokerage industry to provide information on the collection...more

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