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ICO Turns Spotlight on Data Broker Industry

by Hogan Lovells on

Data brokers are organisations that obtain data from a variety of sources and then sell or license it to third parties. Many trade in personal data, which is purchased by their customers for several purposes, most commonly to...more

FTC Settles with Data Broker

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

On November 30, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced a settlement with Jason A. Kotzker, the purported owner and member of two separate data broker companies: Sequoia One, LLC and Gen X Marketing Group, LLC. ...more

Reputation Matters: Don’t Lose Opportunities Due to Inaccurate Personal Data

Consumers may be injured by inaccurate data that they cannot review or correct. There’s a hole in the bucket, dear Congress. The children’s song, “There’s a Hole in the Bucket,” exemplifies the conundrum many consumers...more

FTC Settles with Data Brokers in Sale of Consumer Data Used for Illicit Purposes

by White & Case LLP on

On February 18, 2016, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") settled a dispute against LeapLab LLC ("LeapLab") and others ("Co-Defendants") claiming that they knowingly sold consumer social security numbers, bank account...more

Data brokers settle with FTC for selling consumers’ information to scammers

SiteSearch, John Ayers, LeapLab and Leads Company (the defendants) settled with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for “knowingly provid[ing] scammers with hundreds of thousands of consumers’ sensitive personal information.”...more

FTC Settles Claims Against Group Of Data Brokers Dealing In Personal Information

by King & Spalding on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced on February 18 that it has reached settlements with three affiliated companies accused of selling the financial and other personal information of “hundreds of thousands” of...more

Rep. Johnson Introduces Mobile App, Data Broker Privacy Bills

by King & Spalding on

Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA) introduced two bills on February 10 targeting digital information privacy. The first, the “Application Privacy, Protection, and Security Act of 2016” (H.R. 4517) (the “Apps Act”), would...more

California Attorney General’s Open Data Initiative – The Latest in State and Federal Government Efforts to Harness the Power of...

by Alston & Bird on

Early this month, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced a unique data initiative to expand the public’s access to key criminal justice information that has been, to date, largely blocked from public...more

Advertising Law - August 2015 #4

In Case You Missed It: Possible Jail Time for TCPA Violations, Microsoft Gets Slammed With Solicitation Scam Class Action, and 'Do Not Disturb' Technology Gets Pushed on FCC - The world of the Telephone Consumer...more

25 year old sentenced to 13 years for hacking data broker databases

The Department of Justice has announced that 25 year old Hieu Minh Ngo has been sentenced to 13 years in prison. His sentence was lighter than expected because he has cooperated with authorities to catch more identity...more

New CFPB lawsuit targets payment processors for debt collectors

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A new CFPB enforcement action filed in federal district court in Atlanta and unsealed last week targeting an alleged debt collection scam names as defendants not only the debt collectors and their individual principals but...more

Lawmakers Consider Regulation of Data Brokers

Why it matters - Could the data broker industry become subject to regulation for the first time? If a new bill passes Congress, the answer could be yes. Originally introduced by former Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), the...more

Advertising Law - March 2015 #5

Paying for Consumer Reviews Gets Company FTC Action - Accused of failing to disclose that it gave cash discounts to customers to post online reviews, AmeriFreight and owner Marius Lehmann agreed to a settlement with...more

Markey, Democrats Introduce Data Broker Bill

On Thursday, March 5, 2015, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), along with Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Al Franken (D-MN), introduced legislation that would grant the FTC authority to issue new rules...more

Annual FCC CPNI Certification Due by March 1, 2015; Potential Title II Reclassification Could Soon Expand CPNI Obligations to...

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

This is to remind our clients that, pursuant to 47 U.S.C. § 222(c), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires every telecommunications and interconnected VoIP service provider (including wireless, cable telephony,...more

Privacy Tuesday – February 2015

Three things you should know on this Privacy Tuesday: Over 110,000 Facebook Uses Hit With Malware - Cybercriminals are targeting Facebook users with malware embedded in videos that are pushed to their timeline...more

Advertising Law - January 2015

SPECIAL FOCUS: Fifth Circuit Clarifies the Law on False Advertising Involving “Scientific Debates” - In 2013, the Second Circuit issued an important opinion in Ony, Inc. v. Cornerstone Therapeutics, Inc., a false...more

FTC Charges Data Broker With Facilitating Theft Of Millions From Consumer Accounts

by King & Spalding on

On December 23, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") announced the filing of a complaint charging a data broker with selling the sensitive personal information of hundreds of thousands of consumers to third parties that...more

Mobilizing on Mobile Apps: The FTC’s Comment to the CFPB Signals its Priorities

by BakerHostetler on

In recent months, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has been steadily ramping up its efforts to monitor, regulate, and provide best practice guidance in the rapidly expanding field of mobile applications. On September 10,...more

FINRA Announces New Proposal for Brokerage Data Collection

by Burr & Forman on

On September 30th, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced a proposed rule that would implement the controversial Comprehensive Automated Risk Data System (CARDS). Under the proposed rule, FINRA seeks to...more

Expect Focus - Regulators Are Watching: New Products, New Opportunities, New Risks - Volume III, Summer 2014

by Carlton Fields on

In This Issue: - IN THE SPOTLIGHT ..Standard CGL Policy Form Adds Data Breach Coverage Exclusion - LIFE INSURANCE ..Class Claims Against Lincoln National Barred in Section 419 Action – Again ...more

Using Information from Data Brokers? Beware the FCRA and the FTC …

by Carlton Fields on

As sellers and Internet service providers gather increasing amounts of consumer information, the data broker industry has expanded. Identifying themselves as "market research" firms, data brokers buy, analyze, sort,...more

Data Mining & Privacy: Who’s Watching Them Watch You?

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Recently, the Federal Trade Commission issued a detailed report that summarized extensive data collection efforts that it uncovered in its study of the data brokerage industry. The FTC recommended that Congress require the...more

Trending Information: The Connection Between Data Brokers and the Fashion Industry

Consumers frequently reveal personal information about themselves through a variety of daily online and offline activities. For fashion designers and retailers, this consumer information represents a valuable tool to...more

FTC Data Broker Report Recommends New Consumer Protection Legislation

by King & Spalding on

Report Outlines Best Practices for Data Broker Industry - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its report, Data Brokers: A Call for Transparency and Accountability, based on an in-depth study of nine data...more

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