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Recent FTC Consent Decree with InMobi for Unlawful Geolocational Tracking Provides Insight for App Developers

Recently in United States v. InMobi Pte Ltd., the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) set a new standard for geolocational tracking. The FTC told app developers and app marketers one simple rule: honor consumers location privacy...more

Facebook and HIPAA: Strange Bedfellows

As a social media user, you may have experienced Facebook’s targeted advertising. Mere moments after searching for a specific item on Google or visiting another website, your Facebook ads reflect your recent browsing history....more

Mobile Advertising Company Settles FTC Charges It Tracked Consumers’ Locations Without Permission

InMobi, a Singapore-based mobile advertising company that allegedly tracked the locations of hundreds of millions of consumers – including children – without consent, will pay $950,000 in civil penalties and implement a...more

Going Geo-Loco: FTC Settles with Mobile Ad Network over Geolocation Collection

The FTC announced a settlement on Wednesday with mobile advertising company, InMobi Pte Ltd., concerning allegations that the company deceptively tracked the geolocation of hundreds of millions of unknowing consumers,...more

First Circuit Decision Creates Ambiguity in Consumer VPPA Class Actions

The vast majority of courts confronted with “free app” cases under the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”) have dismissed those claims.  A recent First Circuit decision, however, signals a change in that trend.  ...more

DAA Issues Inaugural Enforcement Action for Compliance with Mobile App Guidelines

In a prior post we noted the Digital Advertising Alliance’s (DAA) intention, late last year, to begin enforcement of the Application of Self-Regulatory Principles to the Mobile Environment (Mobile App Guidelines), which apply...more

Web Trackers: What others may know about your online footprint

Web Trackers have been a hot topic in recent news, yet most of us are oblivious not only the extent they are used, but also to the potential for misuse of our personal information currently being aggregated in countless...more

Privacy Tip # 33 – Shopper tracking billboards

I have commented before on the use of location based services on mobile telephones and that apps (and your telecommunications provider) use and sell your location data for all sorts of purposes without your knowledge. The...more

FTC Guidance: Update Privacy Disclosures to Keep Pace with Advances in Online Tracking

The Federal Trade Commission recognizes that many people benefit from companies’ online tracking by getting advertising that is more targeted to their preferences. However, as the technologies and techniques used by companies...more

Geolocation Privacy Concerns Likely Raised as Billboards Used to Track Consumer Data

Yesterday, Clear Channel Outdoor Americas (Clear Channel), one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising companies, announced the launch of “Clear Channel Outdoor RADAR,” a new data and analytics tool designed to assist...more

Advertising Law - October 2015 #2

"Flying Rabbi" Suit Crash Lands in NY Appellate Court - A New York man was unsuccessful in his lawsuit accusing Jimmy Kimmel of misappropriating his image during a skit on the late night TV show, Jimmy Kimmel...more

Dumbing Down Your Smart TV: California Prohibits the Use of Voice Recognition for Advertising Purposes

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law A.B. 1116, prohibiting manufacturers’ use of smart televisions’ voice recognition feature for advertising purposes. Effective January 1, 2016, consumers must be...more

Third Circuit Holds No Coverage For Suits Alleging Improper Collection of Customer Data

In its recent decision in OneBeacon Am. Ins. Co. v. Urban Outfitters, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 16399 (3d Cir. Sept. 15, 2015), the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, applying Pennsylvania law, had occasion to...more

Social networking service, MeetMe, Inc., settles minors’ privacy violations for $200,000

On August 19, 2015, MeetMe, Inc. (MeetMe), a social networking website and mobile app, agreed to pay $200,000 and to change its privacy policies to settle a lawsuit alleging that MeetMe distributed teenagers’ geolocation and...more

Fines Issued for Transfer of Customer Data in an M&A Asset Deal

Recent enforcement actions by the Bavarian Data Protection Authority (DPA) [Bayerisches Landesamt für Datenschutzaufsicht] highlight the importance of severe restrictions placed on the transfer of such data, even in the...more

The Fingerprint File Doesn’t Have to Bring You Down: NAI Offers Advertisers Guidance on Digital Fingerprinting & Location...

Advertisers who use tools such as location data and newer non-cookie technologies to deliver interest-based advertising must carefully balance the use of those tools with consumer privacy. To achieve this balance, the Network...more

Socially Aware - Volume 6, Issue 3 - July/August 2015

Welcome to the newest issue of Socially Aware, our Burton Award winning guide to the law and business of social media. In this edition, we present a “grand unifying theory” of today’s leading technologies and the legal...more

Somebody’s Watching You: What Are the Rules?

In 1984, Kennedy William Gordy, better known as pop artist Rockwell, released his first and ultimately biggest hit: Somebody’s Watching Me. One can only imagine how Rockwell would have felt if the Internet was in full swing...more

Toward a Grand Unifying Theory of Today’s Tech Trends

As a technology law blogger and co-editor of Socially Aware, I monitor emerging developments in information technology. What’s hot in IT today? Any shortlist would have to include social media, mobile, wearable technology,...more

Digital Advertising Alliance Focuses on Mobile Ads

As more users spend more time on their mobile devices, advertising dollars are following. And the compliance regime that governs interest-based advertising (IBA) (formerly referred to as online behavioral advertising or OBA)...more

Advertising Law - June 2015

Fifty Years Later, Still Feeling the Impact of 1965 - In 1965, TV spots ran for 60 seconds . . . mostly in black & white. A first-class stamp cost five cents. (Remember mail?) Bonanza ruled the airwaves, while...more

From Hiring To Firing: A Basic Guide To The Hong Kong Employment Law Life Cycle

Hiring - For many employers, the key to having a productive and high-performing workforce is recruiting the right people to start with. However, it is important for employers to be aware that even before an employee...more

Advertising Law - May 2015 #5

DAA Mobile Privacy Code Enforcement Begins In September - Get ready: September 1 marks the beginning of enforcement of the Digital Advertising Alliance’s mobile privacy code, the group recently announced. Companies will...more

Self-Regulatory Authorities Police Online Ad Industry in Another Sweep

Interest-based advertising (IBA), also known as behavioral advertising, creates profiles of consumers based on their online activities over time and across services, and uses them to send consumers relevant, targeted ads. To...more

Mobile Privacy Rules to Be Enforced Starting September 1, 2015

All businesses acting in the mobile ecosystem—including app developers, analytics companies, advertising networks, app platform providers, and providers of devices and related services—should be aware that the Digital...more

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