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Apple Removes VPN Apps from China App Store

by Fisher Phillips on

Apple’s removal of VPN apps from its app store in China could signal a difficult road ahead for companies doing business there. In March 2017, we posted a summary of China’s new cyber security law (Law) that went into effect...more

Privacy Perils: What's in Your Container?

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The use of "containers" in web application development is growing, but not without potentially increasing threats to the security of the data we store in our apps and devices. Containers are stand-alone packages of software...more

Can And Should I Patent My Idea For An App?

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

Background- Last week, I had a welcome break in my patent law practice. A client told me about his idea for a mobile app – an application that runs on a mobile device (e.g., a smartphone or IPad). Apps are potentially big...more

Heads Up, App Developers: Google Is Getting Serious About Privacy and Data Security in Apps

Beginning March 15, 2017, Google began removing apps from Google Play, its online marketplace where apps and other digital media are offered for download and use on the Android platform, for failing to comply with Google’s...more

Going Mobile: Seven Key Considerations for Acquiring Mobile App Assets

As more industries look to capitalize on mobile platforms, and as smartphones and tablets increasingly become the “first screen” for customers, mobile apps will continue to play an integral role in connecting businesses with...more

Court Finds Apple is a Distributor of iPhone Apps, Allows Antitrust Suit

In a significant Illinois Brick decision, the Ninth Circuit recently issued an opinion concluding that consumers who purchase apps from Apple’s “app store” directly purchase those apps from Apple, which acts as a distributor....more

Mobile App Privacy Policies: A How-To Guide

by Bryan Cave on

Many of the most popular mobile apps collect personally identifiable information. Although most app developers are not required to display a privacy policy under federal law, they are contractually required to do so pursuant...more

“Snap” decision leads to litigation — Snap Interactive files suit against Snap Inc.

A recent litigation brought against the parent company of the popular app Snapchat is a good reminder of the importance of clearing a mark and the pitfalls young companies face as they begin to mature. Snapchat is, of...more

Class Action Filed Against Indianapolis Colts over App

by Reed Smith on

This month, the Indianapolis Colts, app developer Yinzcam, Inc., and ultrasonic technology provider Lisnr, Inc., were hit with a federal class action lawsuit in Pennsylvania for violating the Electronic Communications Privacy...more

App Developer Not Liable Under TCPA For User-Initiated Texts

A recent decision out of the Northern District of California brings good news for developers of mobile apps that incorporate text messaging functions. Those functions may create the risk of claims under the Telephone Consumer...more

Paying for software development? Make sure you own it!

by Butler Snow LLP on

In a digital society dominated by the saying, “there’s an app for that,” copyright protection is essential. Paying to have a work created does not automatically vest ownership of the copyright in the paying party. When making...more

App Developer Not Liable Under TCPA For User-Initiated Texts

A recent defense win out of the Northern District of California brings good news for messaging software developers facing TCPA claims. In Cour v. Life360, Inc., U.S. District Judge Thelton E. Henderson granted defendant...more

Pokémon Go Faces More Criticism

by King & Spalding on

Pokémon Go is a location-based augmented reality game in which players use their mobile device to catch Pokémon in the players’ real-world surroundings by utilizing the camera, GPS, and gyroscope features of the mobile...more

Privacy Issues to Consider When Developing a Mobile App

by Bryan Cave on

Many of the most popular mobile apps collect personally identifiable information. Although most app developers are not required to display a privacy policy under federal law, they are contractually required to do so pursuant...more

Regulators Offer Guidance on Privacy and Security for Health App Developers

This month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued guidance on privacy and security best practices for health-related mobile apps, such as fitness apps connected with wearables, diet and weight loss apps, and health...more

A New Tool for Health App Developers to Navigate a Crowded Regulatory Field

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

As regulators seek to define their authority and the scope of their enforcement power, more health apps will continue to flood the marketplace and transform how patients are treated. As mobile health applications...more

FTC Releases Mobile Health Apps Interactive Tool

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Consider this: A 42-year-old man arrives at the emergency room showing signs of a heart attack. The ER doctors, using the patient’s activity tracker—in this case, a Fitbit® —are able to pinpoint when the patient’s normal...more

Think Before You App: FTC Releases Compliance Tools for Health App Developers

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission furthered its outreach to the mobile app developer community last week by issuing new guidance for integrating privacy and security into mobile health apps, as well as an interactive online tool...more

FTC, ONC, OCR and FDA release online tool for mobile health app developers

While attending the International Association of Privacy Professionals annual global event, and listening to Chairwoman Edith Ramirez discuss the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) concerns about consumer privacy, the FTC, the...more

Advertising Law - March 2016 #4

FCC Releases Privacy Regime for ISPs - Creating a storm of controversy, the Federal Communications Commission released information about its privacy proposal for Internet service providers. Pursuant to the plan,...more

The Federal Trade Commission Issues Warning Letters To App Developers

by King & Spalding on

On March 17, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced it had issued warning letters to twelve application (“app”) developers who installed in their apps software created by the company SilverPush that is capable...more

Mobile apps and data protection, the ICO revisits

by Reed Smith on

Given the widespread popularity and quotidian usage of mobile apps, the issue of privacy should not be forgotten. Last year the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) conducted a thorough privacy review of 21 popular mobile...more

OCR New Guidance Aims to Help Medical Mobile App Developers Predict when HIPAA Obligations Might Apply

by Polsinelli on

Predicting whether the activities of a mobile health application developer trigger legal obligations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) presents some new challenges – not surprising...more

Mobile Applications that Track User Information Have the FTC’s Attention

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Similar to website browsers, many mobile applications collect a variety of information from the user, including, the user’s identity, usage history, past log-ins, and location. This enables the application to provide various...more

FTC Announces COPPA Settlements Based on Persistent Identifiers

The COPPA Rule requires website and online service operators to give notice to parents and obtain verifiable parental consent before collecting children’s “personal information” online. 16 CFR §§ 312.4, 312.5. The...more

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