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Weekly Privacy Tip #3 – Know how apps are accessing and using your constant location

Everyone loves their smartphone. Everyone loves the newest app. Angry Birds has lots of company now. But most people don’t know the back end of apps and how they are accessing, using and selling your data. Why? Because no one...more

Alert: Digital Advertising Alliance Begins Enforcing Mobile Privacy Rules

On September 1, 2015, the Digital Advertising Alliance ("DAA") began enforcing the application of its Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising and Multi-Site Data (the "OBA Principles", the "MSD...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

Northern District of California Requires A Warrant to Access Cellphone Geographic Information

We previously reported that government access to cellphone geographic information or CSLI without a warrant has become a vigorous debate between the government, defense attorneys, and the federal bench. In a lengthy opinion,...more

Warrantless access to cell phone location data may be heard by the Supreme Court

A number of courts have considered whether the Fourth Amendment requires the government to obtain a warrant to access historical and/or real time cell phone geographic location information, known as CSLI. CSLI is cell site...more

4th Circuit holds that obtaining cellphone location information without a warrant is unconstitutional

We have been watching the warrantless search cases closely. Yesterday, (August 5, 2015), the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals held that it was unconstitutional when law enforcement used their cell phone location information...more

Social Media Week Part IV – Telling a Story About Honey

I continue my exploration of the use of social media in doing compliance by taking a look at a very innovative social media solution to a difficult compliance issue around, of all things, honey. This example shows how...more

Retail Tracking Update: Privacy Guidance Following Nomi Technologies

There is currently a widespread effort to quantify everything, from steps, to sleep, to batted ball exit velocity. Fifteen years ago, TV host Jeremy Clarkson tested an innovative new supercar that could quantify your driving...more

Cybersecurity is once again a hot topic as Illinois undergoes PIPA update

Cybersecurity is a hot topic at both the state and federal level. Specifically, Illinois is in the process of amending its Personal Information Protection Act (“PIPA”). Illinois SB 1833 will amend PIPA by establishing more...more

Advertising Law - July 2015 #2

EPIC Drives Uber Complaint to FTC - Uber’s recent legal woes continue. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) challenged the ride-sharing company’s new privacy policy and requested that the Federal Trade...more

The FTC Did Some Kid-ding Around in 2014

2014 was a busy year for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The FTC announced something new under COPPA nearly every month, including...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

FCC Explores Feasibility of More Precise Wireless Caller-Location Capabilities for E911 Calls From Indoor Locations and...

Even as privacy advocates become increasingly nervous about the extent to which our communications devices keep tabs on our whereabouts, the FCC is looking to make it easier to monitor our location more precisely, at least...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

10 Privacy Issues to Watch in 2014

2014 promises further legislative, regulatory and judicial attention to a number of high-profile privacy issues. This article examines 10 privacy issues and trends likely to receive attention in the coming year, including the...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

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

On the Third Day of Privacy, My Smartphone Followed Me…

In 2013 geolocation and biometrics were hot topics. Apple included a fingerprint reader on the new iPhone which was either really cool or an epic fail depending on your viewpoint, and Google and the NSA are tracking our...more

Guide to Compliance with the Amended COPPA Rule

What Is COPPA? •Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, enacted by Congress in 1998 •Congress directed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, to issue and enforce regulations...more

FTC Recommends Privacy Practices for Mobile Apps

A new Federal Trade Commission report urges mobile app platforms and developers to better inform consumers about their privacy practices. Mobile app platforms and developers should review their privacy policies to ensure...more

Advertising Law -- Feb 15, 2013

In This Issue: The FTC and the Mobile Ecosystem: Enforcement Action, Report, and Educational Materials Released; Size Really Does Matter – At Least for Subway Sandwiches; Will Maryland Be the Next California?; CARU...more

The FTC Mobile Privacy Staff Report

As reported here, the FTC earlier this month released a staff report on mobile privacy. The report, Mobile Privacy Disclosures: Building Trust Through Transparency, provides privacy practice recommendations to firms operating...more

FTC Announces Mobile Privacy Enforcement Action, Issues Mobile Privacy Staff Report

On February 1, the FTC announced that it is requiring a social networking application company to pay $800,000 and make certain compliance enhancements to resolve allegations that the firm (i) misled and deceived users by...more

FTC Issues Recommendations on Mobile Data Disclosures, Urges Mobile Industry To Act

Data use and sharing disclosures on mobile devices need work, the FTC said in a staff report released last week. The report recommends ways that actors in the mobile marketplace—such as mobile operating system providers,...more

FTC Announces COPPA Rule Changes

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published its final rule amendments today in the Federal Register updating the FTC regulations that implement the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA Rule)....more

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