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Building a Health App? What You Need to Know

Last week, Apple announced the new Apple Watch Series 3 which will feature an enhanced heart rate app. The app will notify you when it detects an elevated heart rate even when you are not working out. The sensor will also be...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 15

by Jones Day on

UNITED STATES - Regulatory—Policy, Best Practices, and Standards - FTC Comments on Improvements to IoT Device Security - On June 19, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") submitted comments to a working group organized by the...more

Key Takeaways from FTC Settlement with Lenovo Over Pre-Installed “Man-in-the-Middle” Software

On September 5, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it had agreed to enter into a settlement with Lenovo Inc., which allegedly preloaded some of its computers with invasive software that compromised...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

Antitrust- Washington Attorney General Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Health Care Providers Over Alleged Price-Fixing- Washington AG Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit against health care providers Franciscan Health System...more

Lenovo Settles FTC Charges Regarding Pre-Installed Software That Compromised Consumers' Cybersecurity and Privacy

On September 5, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it and 32 state attorneys general had settled charges with Lenovo regarding the company's practice of pre-loading software on its laptops that...more

Defining Sensitive Personal Information

by Bryan Cave on

Like the terms “personal information,” “personally identifiable information,” or “PII,” the terms “sensitive information” and “sensitive personal information” are often left undefined in contracts and treated as if they were...more

GAO Connected Vehicles Data Privacy Report Highlights Auto Industry Progress, Issues Directive to NHTSA

by King & Spalding on

The Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) has released a report to the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Research and Technology, entitled “Vehicle Data Privacy: Industry...more

Passwords Remain Important for Data Security, FTC Reminds Businesses

For the most recent installment in the Federal Trade Commission’s “Stick with Security” series, the agency’s blog post focused on passwords....more

Federal Trade Commission’s Uber Consent Agreement Designates Geolocation Information as Personal Information

by Williams Mullen on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently entered a Consent Agreement with Uber that includes “precise geolocation information” in the list of personal information that is to be protected. While the Consent Agreement only...more

Uber Settles With FTC Over Allegedly Deceptive Privacy And Data Security Practices

by BakerHostetler on

Uber, the ride-hailing giant, agreed this week to implement a comprehensive privacy program and to undergo 20 years of privacy and data security audits in order to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that...more

The FTC’s Uber Consent Order: A Warning to Fast-Growing Companies

by Mintz Levin on

Recently, Uber agreed to a proposed Federal Trade Commission (FTC) consent order (“Consent Order”) to settle charges in an FTC complaint (“Complaint”) regarding behavior stemming back to at least 2014. Acting Chairman Maureen...more

A Year in Review: FTC Data Privacy Actions and its Impacts on 2017 and Beyond

Whether it means taking a prominent role shaping data security for the Internet of Things, or addressing high profile breaches, the FTC has adopted an active position in policing data privacy and security. And, as data...more

Uber Settles FTC Dispute Over Consumer Data Privacy and Security Allegations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

There are several key takeaways from a 20-year proposed consent order agreed to by Uber Technologies, Inc. (Uber) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)...more

FTC Settles With Lead Generation Firm For Illegally Selling Consumer Data, False Data Security Promises

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The FTC announced last week a settlement with Blue Global Media, LLC and its CEO Christopher Kay. The company operated 38 Internet domains that solicited online loan applications from consumers. The applications collected...more

LabMD – FTC Face-Off Continues Over FTC’s Data Privacy Authority

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently heard oral arguments in LabMD, Inc. v. Federal Trade Commission, the long-running dispute over the FTC’s authority to impose liability for data security breaches...more

FTC Settles Complaint Against Lead Generation Business Selling Consumers’ Sensitive Data

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that it has settled its Complaint against operators of the lead generation business Global Media, LLC and its CEO Christopher Kay for $104 million. The judgment has been...more

FTC Tracking Of Privacy Complaints

by Bryan Cave on

The FTC collects complaints about companies that allegedly violate the data privacy, data security, advertising, and marketing laws. The result is a massive database of consumer complaints known as “Consumer Sentinel” that is...more

BROWSER Act Aims to Replace Invalidated FCC Privacy Rules

by Morgan Lewis on

US Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) recently introduced the Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly (BROWSER) Act (the Bill), under which the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would regain...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 14

by Jones Day on

New York Attorney General Announces Record Number of Data Breach Notices in 2016 - On March 21, 2017, the New York Attorney General's Office announced that it received 1,300 reported data breaches in 2016—a 60 percent...more

[Webinar] Consumer protection enforcement is #trending: How to avoid FTC and state investigations, and what to do when you get the...

by Hogan Lovells on

Join us for a discussion of hot topics in Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state consumer protection enforcement. Partners Bret Cohen, Meghan Rissmiller, and Steven Steinborn will cover recent developments and enforcement...more

Privacy Due Diligence In A Merger Or Acquisition: A How-To Guide

by Bryan Cave on

The FTC can hold an acquirer responsible for the bad data privacy practices of a company that it acquires. Evaluating a target’s data privacy practices, however, can be daunting and complicated by the fact that many “data”...more

Passing Data Between Retailers To Facilitate Transactions: A How-To Guide

by Bryan Cave on

Online retailers often learn information about a consumer that may be used by them to help identify other products, services, or companies that may be of interest to the consumer. For example, if a person purchases an...more

Babies and Baby-making, or Not… Privacy and Security Lessons for the Internet of Things

by BakerHostetler on

What do babies, sex toys and wireless head phones have in common? Apparently, the privacy concerns of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), state AGs and legislatures, class action plaintiffs, and consumer advocacy groups, at...more

Cybersecurity and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Since President Trump’s inauguration, cybersecurity has been in the news almost daily – often on the front page. The U.S. Government is facing a wide array of challenges in cybersecurity, impacting both domestic and foreign...more

California Bill Mandates Privacy By Design For IoT Devices

Manufacturers of Internet-connected devices (better known as the Internet of Things) should be following a new California bill closely because it would create a mandate under California law that all IoT devices have built-in...more

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