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Last Week at the FEC: Potential Compromise For Disclaimers in Mobile Advertisements

Last week the Federal Election Commission met in executive session on Tuesday, February 4 but canceled its open meeting scheduled for February 6. The Commission was able to release a supplement to the underlying opinion...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

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

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

Advertising Law - Aug 29, 2013

Facebook Changes Its Promotion Guidelines - Sponsors can rejoice. Effective August 27, 2013, Facebook no longer requires that sweepstakes and contests be conducted on third party apps. By dispensing the apps...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

Advertising Law -- Jun 13, 2013

SPECIAL FEATURE: Manatt and Mergermarket Release New Study on U.S.-China Deal Activity in Entertainment, Advertising and Digital Media Sectors - Investment and M&A activity between the U.S. and China in the...more

Playing Fair? UK’s OFT Investigates Online and App-Based Games

On April 12, 2013, the UK’s Office of Fair Trading (OFT), the UK regulator for consumer affairs and competition, announced that it was launching an investigation into children’s web- and app-based games. In particular, the...more

Advertising Law -- May 31, 2013

A Friendly Reminder from the FTC: You May Be in Trouble - Continuing the countdown to the effective date of the amended Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule, the Federal Trade Commission sent “educational...more

European Regulators Issue Opinion on Mobile Apps

On March 14, 2013, the European data protection regulators (the Article 29 Working Party, or WP) issued a 30-page opinion addressing how mobile apps should comply with EU data protection law (the Opinion). The main focus of...more

FTC Guidelines for Mobile Applications: New Standards for Transparency and Notification Dictate Responsibilities for All Parties...

Mobile applications allow users to direct ill-tempered birds toward the buildings of evil pigs and can operate as a tool to let you know when is the best point in a movie to excuse yourself to the nearest restroom. They are...more

Advertising Law -- Feb 28, 2013

In This Issue: Manatt Partner Ken Kaufman Marks Ten Years as Co-Chair of PLI's Annual Entertainment Law Conference; Manatt Partner Ivan Wasserman Invited to Speak at Engredea Conference; Starbucks, Kraft Battle Over...more

New Privacy Guidelines for Mobile Apps

Do you and your employees use applications on mobile devices to conduct business? Perhaps your organization offers a mobile app to your clients and customers to enhance your products or services. While the availability and...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 Sets Guidelines for Mobile Privacy Disclosures

The FTC issued a new report, Mobile Privacy Disclosures: Building Trust Through Transparency, on February 1, 2013, detailing the Commission's recommendations for best practices for key players in the mobile "ecosystem":...more

Privacy Alert: COPPA Amendment Impacts Apps, Ads and Social Networks

After a two-year comment process, the Federal Trade Commission adopted its long-awaited amendments to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule in December 2012. The amendments, which go into effect July 1, 2013,...more

Mobile App Disclaimers Not Sufficient to Circumvent FCRA Requirements

The Federal Trade Commission reached a settlement last week with a mobile app company, its data provider, and their CEO in its first Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) enforcement action involving mobile applications. The...more

Recent Privacy Developments: California AG Continues to Lead on Mobile with New Recommendations and FTC Amends COPPA

Nearly all businesses today are involved in some way in the development or distribution of mobile applications. The first part of this Client Alert highlights recent activities of the California State Attorney General to...more

Advertising News & Analysis - January 3, 2013

In this issue: - FTC Amends Appliance Labeling Rule - What Does “As Seen On TV” Mean, Anyway? - Color or Colour? Color Trademarks Treated Differently in US and EU - FTC COPPA Rule Updates Take...more

Children’s Online Privacy Protection: U.S. Developments Compared To Canada

There were two important developments in the U.S. regarding children and mobile technologies....more

FTC Adopts New Amendments to Add to Children’s Online Privacy

The Federal Trade Commission announced on December 19, 2012, that it has adopted final amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) that strengthen privacy protections online and give parents greater...more

FTC Report Faults App Developers on Data Collection From Kids

The Federal Trade Commission released a report on December 10, 2012, that concluded that mobile apps targeted at children were collecting large amounts of data from children and sharing their information with advertisers...more

Making Sense of the FTC Study on Kids' Mobile Apps

On December 10, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission issued its second report on kids' mobile apps, entitled "Mobile Apps for Kids, Disclosures: Still Not Making the Grade." The FTC was highly critical of the industry and...more

FTC Publishes New Privacy Guidelines for Mobile Apps

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released guidelines to assist mobile app developers to comply with truth-in-advertising and basic privacy principles when marketing new mobile apps....more

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