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EU e-Privacy Regulation Raises Stakes for Compliance

The European Commission's proposed e-privacy regulation sets forth obligations on handling electronic communications and clarifies obligations for seeking consent for the use of cookies. Meant to bring the e-privacy directive...more

A List of Lists

Every December and January you can count on the trade press and the mainstream media to run lists of predictions for the upcoming year and retrospectives on the year past ranking the “best” and “worst” of everything from...more

Advertising Law - December 2016 #4

FTC Rules Against "All Natural" Sunscreen Maker - In a final order, the Federal Trade Commission granted summary decision against California Naturel, Inc. for falsely advertising its sunscreen products as "all natural"...more

Turn Settles Allegations by the FTC for Deceptive Advertising Tactics

Turn, Inc. (Turn), a California based company that enables sellers to target digital advertisements to consumers via a website or mobile app, settled allegations by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that it deceived...more

FTC Settles with Targeted Digital Advertising Company over Supercookie Advertising Practices

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has entered into a proposed consent order requiring digital advertising company Turn Inc. to include a clear and conspicuous notice detailing how it collects, uses, or shares information...more

Uber Riders: Choosing Convenience or Privacy

In a recent update to its widely used application, Uber has implemented a change in location settings that some users are not happy about.  Before the update, users could limit Uber’s ability to track their location to “only...more

EU Retail News - December 2016

In 2010, two business school graduates launched Birchbox; a monthly subscription service to a box filled with sample-sized beauty products from over 309 brands. Birchbox has solved one of the most significant barriers to...more

Unicorns are Real, Indecision May Possibly Be Your Best Option at Some Point and Yes, Virginia, You Can Trust Big Brother

Washington State Begins Beta Testing Its Pioneering Privacy Modeling App - Seattle — and by extension, Washington — has a purist attitude in its fusion of technology and life. All other states offer their employees...more

New Textalyzer App May Eliminate Distracted Driving

New York lawmakers have proposed to give police officers a new device called a Textalyzer to help reduce the high number of distracted driving accidents that result in serious injuries and fatalities. In Chicago, a car...more

More Digital Health Device Makers Expected to Seek FDA Clearance

Investors are increasingly interested in companies with technologies that will be subject to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation. Until recently, some investors shied away from companies targeting the...more

Friends, Family and High Blood Pressure – FTC Takes Action Against Undisclosed Family Reviews and Unsubstantiated Claims for...

In previous posts, we’ve discussed the Federal Trade Commission’s significant enforcement efforts focused on two hot button issues: unsubstantiated health marketing claims and deceptive product endorsements. Once again, both...more

The Freedom to Yelp: Congress Curbs ToS Overreach

Worried about a company retaliating against you when you post a negative review on Yelp or TripAdvisor? Worry no longer because Congress has your back. Last week, Congress passed a law that will make it illegal for companies...more

Investigatory Powers Act 2016 becomes law

The UK Investigatory Powers Bill has received royal assent and passed into law as the Investigatory Powers Act 2016. The Act will have a significant and far reaching impact on data, technology and communications businesses,...more

Claim For Violation of Wiretap Act Not A Slam Dunk under Spokeo

A motion to dismiss has been filed in a California case filed by a New York woman who claims that the National Basketball Association’s Golden State Warriors violated the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (the “Wiretap...more

Blippar App: Introducing Facial-Recognition Software for your Smartphone

Blippar, an augmented reality app, recently released its facial-recognition software which allows users to scan faces with their smartphones. The Blippar app makes it possible for people to scan faces (from print, TV or in...more

FTC Releases Report on the “Sharing Economy” for Internet-Based Services

Last month, the FTC released a staff report entitled “The ‘Sharing’ Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators,” that assesses evolving business models relying on internet and app-based “sharing economy”...more

Terms And Conditions For Your App: 6 Key Considerations

For corporations, the mobile app is today’s website. Back in the late 1990s, no self-respecting company, no matter how stodgy and old-fashioned, wanted to be without a website. Originally published in Law360,...more

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Big American companies are awfully eager to keep the China market alive. For Disney, that means dropping $1.4 billion on a Hong Kong Disneyland upgrade. For Facebook, it means a CEO who’s picked up Mandarin and a...more

Website Design Implicated in Two Rulings on Enforceability of Online Terms – Highlights the Importance of Legal Review of Design...

This past summer, we wrote about two instances in which courts refused to enforce website terms presented in browsewrap agreements. As we noted, clickthrough agreements are generally more likely to be found to be enforced. ...more

Privacy Tip #61 – Beware of Fake Apps that are Gearing Up for the Holiday Season

The New York Times reported last week that “hundreds of fake retail and product apps have popped up in Apple’s App Store in recent weeks”—just in time to deceive holiday shoppers....more

Enforcement of DAA Cross Device Tracking Guidance Set to Begin in Early 2017

In October, the Digital Advertising Alliance announced that it will commence enforcement of its guidance on cross-device tracking on February 1, 2017. Although the DAA published the guidance in November of 2015, it has...more

Don’t Wish Too Hard: Ohio Federal Court Tosses Class Claims in Consumer Case for Failure to Allege Actual Damages

Wish.com is a website that sells, you guessed it, goods. Lots of them. Clothing, watches, smartphone cases, fishing lures, jewelry, handbags, Pokémon cards, electronics, shoes. Most are inexpensive and made in China, from...more

Smartphone blunders in the workplace

In a world where smart phones and apps are evolving faster than you have time to update them, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on the potential for inadvertent disclosure and self-sabotage in the workplace....more

Will Uber Ever Hit the Skies?

While Uber has been trying to pioneer self-driving technology, debuting its first self-driving taxis in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania last month, Uber is now looking at “vertical take off and landing” (VTOL) technology. This VTOL...more

Bluetooth Beacons: What You Need to Know

Bluetooth beacons can be a powerful tool for customer engagement. The 2015 holiday season saw retailers experimenting with this kind of proximity marketing, and 2016 is looking like it will see the large-scale deployment of...more

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