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Knowing Where You Are, When You Are: Creepy or competitive? The privacy and security issues involved with geo-location tracking

Smartphones, smartphone apps, websites, and other connected devices (e.g., “wearables”) increasingly request that consumers provide their geo-location information. Geo-location information can refer to general information...more

Privacy TIp #79 – Consumer Reports Will Help Us With Privacy + Security of Products

What a great idea! Trusty Consumer Reports has announced that it is collaborating with three cybersecurity firms to “create a new standard that safeguards consumers’ security and privacy—and we hope industry will use...more

More Broken Privacy Promises from Upromise: Key Takeaways From Upromise’s Latest Settlement with the FTC

“Don’t make promises that you don’t intend to keep” is an admonishment received by every child and delivered by every parent. This pithy maxim is equally applicable to consent orders entered into with regulatory authorities....more

Marijuana and Privacy: A Primer

Legal marijuana is America’s fastest-growing industry. According to ArcView Market Research, cannabis revenue is expected to exceed $22 billion by 2020—nearly double that of the NFL. This past year, Colorado saw its sales...more

Nationstar Mortgage to Pay $1.75 Million Penalty for HMDA Violations

On March 15, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB“) ordered Nationstar Mortgage LLC (“Nationstar“) to pay a $1.75 million civil penalty for violating the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (“HMDA“) by consistently...more

Privacy Perils: Data Collection from Connected Devices

While the WikiLeaks CIA dump makes for interesting reading about our nation's capability to hack certain connected devices, it does not mean we are all being spied on while waiting for a microwave burrito. However, fanciful...more

Vizio Settlement with FTC May Signal Future Direction of Agency Enforcement

The Federal Trade Commission’s recent settlement with VIZIO, Inc., may have created a new definition of “sensitive information” that includes viewing data, but the opinion of Acting Chairperson Maureen Ohlhausen may provide...more

Defamation and data protection claims can be brought in parallel

The English Court of Appeal has confirmed in a recent case that data protection claims may be brought hand-in-hand with defamation claims. The case provides a reminder to businesses that the use of data protection as a weapon...more

EDRM Releases New Security Questionnaire: eDiscovery Trends

As promised when they announced the project last August, EDRM announced last week the release of a new Security Audit Questionnaire, which is designed to be a practical tool for evaluating the security capabilities of...more

The Future Is Now: Robots And Artificial Intelligence In The Workplace

While it may be some time before we commute to work in flying cars or seek a transfer to our company’s lunar outpost, another concept once thought outside the realm of modern reality is now increasingly ordinary in the...more

New Amendments to Federal Rule of Evidence 902 Implicate Electronic Data Collection and Authentication

Two proposed amendments to Federal Rule of Evidence 902 could have a significant impact on the collection of electronically stored information (ESI) and its admission at trial. While these amendments were aimed at reducing...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

There’s been a bit of a stir in the paint world, with Dutch firm Akzo Nobel rejecting a takeover bid from PPG Industries valued at $22 billion. In a statement, Akzo claimed that the offer “substantially undervalues” the...more

Early Bird Gets the Worm - Early Case Assessment Gets the Facts

Getting to the facts of the case as quickly as possible: this has always been the primary goal for any legal team when faced with litigation. But in the digital age, where electronic data pervades and is growing each year...more

Data Breach Involving CloudPets “Smart” Toys Raises Internet-of-Things Security Concerns

On February 27, 2017, news reports disclosed a major security breach involving Spiral Toys, the seller of the CloudPets brand of internet-connected stuffed animals. The Bluetooth-connected CloudPets toys allow users to...more

Pitfalls of Using Big Data Alone

I often write about the use of big data in a best practices compliance program. However, care must be taken in the use and interpretation of big data. One of the clearest reads into this topic is the recent book by Cathy...more

Court Refuses to Dismiss Biometric Privacy Action over Facial Recognition Technology Used by Google Photos

We’ve closely followed the numerous biometric privacy disputes and legislative developments surrounding the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), which precludes the unauthorized collection and storing of some...more

Advertising Law - March 2017

FTC Fights Back in LabMD Suit - The Federal Trade Commission demonstrated its intention to fight for the power to regulate data security by filing a 111-page brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit...more

Subject Access Requests in the UK - An Update

This OnPoint reports on the Court of Appeal judgment in Dawson-Damer & Ors v Taylor Wessing LLP, handed down on 16 February 2017, which addresses two key aspects of the legislation enabling individuals to lodge subject access...more

FTC’s $2.2m Smart TV Settlement Signals Continued IoT Enforcement Focus

On February 6, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it had settled charges against VIZIO, Inc., a consumer electronics manufacturer of Internet-connected televisions. The FTC alleged that VIZIO unfairly tracked...more

ABA comments on CFPB’s RFI on consumer access to financial information

The American Bankers Association has submitted a comment letter in response to the CFPB’s request for information regarding consumer access to financial information. The ABA observes that while larger institutions have...more

Executive Order Creating Steps for Regulatory Review and Reform Could Target Burdensome Employment Rules

On Friday, President Trump issued an executive order, Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda ("the Order"), which calls for each federal agency to develop a regulatory reform task force to identify burdensome regulations for...more

The Real Takeaway from VIZIO’s Privacy FTC Settlement

It has been widely reported that VIZIO, Inc., a large television manufacturer, settled a Complaint brought by the FTC and the Attorney General of New Jersey for $2.2 million for alleged unfair and deceptive acts and practices...more

Going Mobile: Seven Key Considerations for Acquiring Mobile App Assets

As more industries look to capitalize on mobile platforms, and as smartphones and tablets increasingly become the “first screen” for customers, mobile apps will continue to play an integral role in connecting businesses with...more

Federal Trade Commission Delivers Cross-Device Tracking Report Recommendations

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) office recently published the Cross-Device Tracking: An FTC Staff Report. It provides an interesting look behind the curtains of the current operations in cross-device data tracking...more

The Growing Importance of Data Analytics for Corporate Legal Departments

This month, the Coalition of Technology Resources for Lawyers (“CTRL”) released the results of its survey regarding the use of analytics by corporate legal departments. Data analytics is the use of specialized data systems or...more

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