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FTC Issues New Guidance for Mobile App Developers that Collect Location Data

A mobile app that collects users’ location data while the mobile app is not in use should clearly disclose such practices and provide users with choices. Failure to do so could give rise to an FTC claim of deceptive...more

The Most Important Issue Involving Superfish Isn’t Superfish

Many of the media reports around the recent Superfish debacle completely miss the main issue. First, though, let's recap what's been alleged about Superfish and similar types of pre-installed software. The allegation...more

Eye on Privacy Newsletter - February 2015

In this issue: - Privacy and Data Security in Transactions: What's the Deal? - Consumer and Financial Institution Class Actions Survive Motions to Dismiss in Target Data Breach Litigation - California Amends...more

UDRP Panel Tells Snapchat to Check Itself Regarding Snapchatcheck.com

By now you’ve probably heard of Snapchat. But if you are not among its growing core base of users between 13 and 23 years of age (probably a good deal younger than you, constant reader) there’s a good chance you are not a...more

EU Art. 29 Working Party Letter on Health Data and Apps

The EU Article 29 Working Party (“WP29”) has published a letter to the European Commission (“EC”) on the scope of health data in relation to lifestyle and well-being apps, following the EC’s Working Document on mHealth and...more

Security Risks Posed by Mobile Apps: Do You Have a Vetting Process in Place?

As more organizations deploy mobile apps to facilitate their business processes, it is important that those organizations develop a specific app vetting process in order to mitigate the security risks that such apps can...more

FDA Issues Guidance for Mobile Medical Applications: What Will be Subject to FDA Oversight and Enforcement?

On February 09, 2015, the FDA issued final guidelines[1] to outline its regulatory enforcement approach to mobile medical applications (or “apps”). The FDA is taking a risk-based approach, focusing its oversight on apps that...more

New Digital Privacy Rights for Minors in California

As of January 1, 2015, a new California law grants several new privacy protections to California minors. See Bus & P C §§22580–22582. Most notably, one new provision (called the "Eraser Law") requires an operator of an...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

Tinder Swipes Left on Gap's New Ad Campaign: A Reminder to Always Check Terms of Service

Tinder, a popular mobile dating app, recently shut down an ad campaign from Gap, stating that the campaign violated the app's terms of service. Gap's failure to comply with Tinder's terms of service is a cautionary tale for...more

Staying Connected in the 2015 Tax Season with the IRS2Go App

As tax filing has evolved from the days of paper and ledgers to electronic filing, it was only a matter of time before the tax community would also embrace the use of mobile technology. While tax season is not eagerly...more

Lab Tuesday - How Not to Use Apple’s Identifier for Advertising (IDFA/IFA)

Recently, the mobile platforms have played an important role in improving end-user privacy. Along these lines, Apple, in or around iOS version 6.0, created a new, unique identifier that could be used in place of the UDID and...more

NIST Releases Guidelines for Vetting the Security of Mobile Applications Used by Businesses and Their Employees

Companies and their employees are increasingly using mobile devices and mobile applications (apps) to improve connectivity, communication and productivity. Unfortunately, these same companies may be unintentionally exposing...more

Wellness innovators take note: FDA reveals risk-based approaches to the regulation of health IT and mobile medical apps

The way consumers access and interact with health information has changed exponentially over the past few years thanks to rapid innovation in health IT. Mobile medical application developers and other health and wellness...more

Is Your Mobile Health App HIPAA Compliant?

Mobile health apps (also known as mHealth apps) are increasingly popular with consumers. As of 2014, there were more than 100,000 mobile health apps available on iOS and Android platforms, and total revenue from mobile health...more

HHS to Address Lack of Clarity Regarding Mobile Health

A letter from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights to Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) signals an intent to move forward with providing clearer regulatory guidance relating to the Health...more

Immigration Corner: Scams Abound, Getting Acquainted with the Business Visitor, and CBP Eases Your Next U.S. Entry

New Initiatives = New Targets for Scams - Unfortunately, where there is uncertainty, there are those who will use scams to target those individuals looking for clarity. On November 20, 2014, the President announced a...more

FDA Draft Guidances on General Wellness Products and Device Accessories Continue Risk-Based Approach to Health IT

On January 20, 2015, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued two new draft guidance documents, announcing the agency’s plans not to regulate “general wellness products” (including certain software...more

Employee Gripe Apps: Should Companies Be Concerned?

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article by Lindsay Gellman on a new app by Collectively that allows users to post anonymous reviews of and complaints about their employers. The app is cheekily called...more

FDA Issues Guidance for Low-Risk General Wellness Products

On January 20, 2015, the FDA issued draft guidelines designed to give developers whose products and applications promote healthy lifestyles (so-called “general wellness products”) direction on when such products qualify as...more

Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner Ends 2014 with Special Interest in Mobile Apps

The Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner of Personal Data (the “Commissioner”) ended 2014 with a special interest in mobile applications (“apps”)....more

New student data privacy laws: top points for school contractors and K-12 education sites, apps and online services

According to the Data Quality Campaign, 36 states considered 110 student data privacy bills in 2014, and 20 states enacted 28 such bills into law. At least eight of these new laws may have significant implications for...more

Business Law Newsletter - January 2015

In This Issue: - FirstPay Decision: IRS Bests Trustee in Local Tax Case - Privacy Policies for Mobile Apps: One Size Does Not Fit All - Trademark Fees are Decreasing - Excerpt from Trademark Fees are...more

Privacy Policies for Mobile Apps: One Size Does Not Fit All

Online privacy is a growing concern for us all. As a mobile app owner or developer, you must include a privacy policy in your app that details the information you collect from users and the manner in which that information is...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - January 2015 (Global)

UK: World Anti-Doping Agency announce collaboration with Pfizer - On 3 December 2014, the World Anti-Doping Agency announced a global collaboration agreement with American pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer Inc, aimed at...more

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