Federal Trade Commission Mobile Apps

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FTC Announces Settlements for Mobile App Security Issues

On March 28, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced settlements with Fandango, LLC and Credit Karma, Inc. resolving charges that the companies misrepresented the security of their mobile apps in violation of...more

FTC Sends Message: Make Your Mobile App Secure

Mobile payments have become so commonplace that consumers rarely stop to think about whether their online payment is secure. Mobile app developers can fall into a similar trap of assuming that the necessary security measures...more

FTC Expands Focus on Tracking and Use of Consumers’ Location Data

Over the past few years, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has provided guidance regarding mobile platforms and app providers’ practices of collecting data about consumers’ locations through their mobile devices, with a...more

Eye on Privacy Newsletter - March 2014

In this issue: - Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Settles California Attorney General Charges over Delayed Data Breach Notification - Status of the EU Regulation and the Safe Harbor Framework - FTC Steps...more

mHealth Stakeholders: Updated Bullet List of Legal Considerations

You are a device maker, an app or software developer, a potential investor, a healthcare provider, a healthcare payor or an insurer and you see opportunities in mobile health (mHealth). You have an idea for a revolutionary...more

FTC Settles U.S.-E.U. Safe Harbor Complaints Against Twelve Companies

On January 21, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") announced agreements ("Settlements") with twelve companies to settle the FTC’s claims that each of the companies had falsely represented that they were in compliance...more

Advertising Law - Jan 29, 2014

Shape Magazine Should “Clearly and Conspicuously” Disclose Branded Content, Says NAD - Keeping a close eye on native advertising, the National Advertising Division recently reviewed an article in Shape magazine that...more

Eye on Privacy - January 2014

In this issue: - FTC Settlement with Flashlight App Requires Extensive Disclosures Outside of the Privacy Policy to Collect and Share Geolocation Information - GAO and Senate Commerce Committee Release Studies...more

FTC Announces Settlement Over In-App Purchases By Minors

On January 15, the FTC announced that a major mobile technology company agreed to resolve allegations that it violated Section 5 of the FTC Act by failing to inform account holders that entering their password on their mobile...more

FTC Reaches $32.5 Million Settlement Agreement with Apple, Inc. Over Deceptive Billing Practices in Mobile Apps for Children

The Federal Trade Commission announced its sizeable settlement agreement with Apple, Inc. on Wednesday, over allegations that the company had violated Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act by billing consumers...more

BREAKING NEWS: FTC Announces Major Settlement with Apple

Apple Agrees to Pay Consumers At Least $32.5 Million to Settle Complaint of Unfair Billing Related to Children’s In-App Charges - FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez just announced (press conference) that Apple, Inc....more

Advertising Law - December 31, 2013

FTC Shines a Light on Flashlight App’s Geolocation Data Sharing - In the agency’s first action involving geolocation data, Goldenshores Technologies, LLC, settled charges with the Federal Trade Commission that the...more

On the Eighth Day of Privacy, my Mobile Apps Know Everything About Me . . .

Of all the “Days of Privacy” looking forward to 2014, we believe that the issues surrounding mobile applications and privacy will see some of the most intense regulatory focus …. read on, and be prepared…....more

App Development: Privacy Issues to Consider

If your company is developing an app, or having an app developed for it, there are key issues concerning privacy that your company should keep in mind. ...more

FTC says app developers must shine more light on how they use data

When your own flashlight is spying on you, something is wrong. That, at any rate, is the Federal Trade Commission’s thinking in a case that illustrates how, in today’s electronic world, privacy concerns can lurk in the most...more

Mobile Apps Remain Regulatory Focus as FTC Enforces Data Privacy of Popular Program

The provider of the immensely popular “Brightest Flashlight Free” mobile app for Android reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges that it collected sensitive personal information, including...more

FTC To Host Consumer Privacy Seminars

On December 2, the FTC announced a series of seminars to be held in 2014 dedicated to the privacy implications of: (i) mobile device tracking—tracking consumers in retail and other businesses using signals from their mobile...more

FTC Expands Reach on Conspicuousness of Privacy Disclosures in Settlement with Android Flashlight App

An FTC settlement with a mobile app over its privacy disclosures alleged to be deceptive may seem to be run-of-the-mill. After all, the FTC has been settling cases for years with companies whose data collection and use...more

Advertising Law -- Dec 06, 2013

FTC Settles With Mobile Crammers - In the Federal Trade Commission’s first lawsuit over mobile cramming, Wise Media and two individual defendants agreed to a permanent ban on placing unauthorized charges on telephone...more

Mobile Apps: No Surprises, Please

Widely applicable rules regarding consumer privacy disclosures in our increasingly mobile world are only now emerging. Government agencies, individual states, and professional associations are all weighing in on how mobile...more

"Eye on Privacy" Newsletter - September 2013

In this issue: - Digital Advertising Alliance Releases Guidance on the Application of Its Self-Regulatory Principles to the Mobile Environment - TCPA Update: Recent Decisions and Significant Upcoming Change to...more

The Download - August 2013

In this issue: - Digital Advertising Alliance Releases Mobile Guidance - House Energy and Commerce Task Force on Privacy - The Senate Committee on Commerce Considers Cybersecurity - House Energy...more

Legal concepts every social media marketer should know: Part II -- Rules of the road for online advertising

As long as we have sold stuff, we’ve used images or stories to help sell them. As Calvin Coolidge of all people once said in one of his rare Don Draper moments - “Advertising ministers to the spiritual side of...more

Advertising Law -- Aug 08, 2013

Mattress Claims Run Afoul of Green Guides - The Federal Trade Commission, applying the Green Guides to the advertising of three different mattress manufacturers, stated that the companies slept on the requirements for...more

Digital Advertising Alliance Releases Guidance on the Application of Its Self-Regulatory Principles to the Mobile Environment...

On July 24, 2013, the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA), comprised of the largest media and marketing trade associations in the U.S., released new guidance regarding mobile and other devices (Mobile Guidance). The Mobile...more

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