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FCC TCPA Ruling Provides Guidance on Mobile App Messaging

On March 27, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a Declaratory Ruling interpreting the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) as it relates to prerecorded and autodialed calls to cellular...more

FTC Announces Settlements for Mobile App Security Issues

On March 28, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced settlements with Fandango, LLC and Credit Karma, Inc. resolving charges that the companies misrepresented the security of their mobile apps in violation of...more

Fed Issues a Report on Mobile Financial Services

On March 25, the Fed issued a report on the use of mobile phones to obtain financial services. Last year, 33 percent of all mobile phone users and 51 percent of smartphone users had used mobile banking. The most common mobile...more

As Apps Rise, Are Domain Names the Next AM Radio?

Despite a deluge of seminars, conferences, newsletters, blogs and email reminders over the past year or so, many companies and public figures are just waking up to the reality of the massive expansion of the Internet domain...more

Apps That Control the Temptation to Text and Drive

As we all know texting while driving is a big problem and it causes way too many fatalities each year. Although, New York is one of many states that have banned texting while driving, there are still a number of people...more

FTC Sends Message: Make Your Mobile App Secure

Mobile payments have become so commonplace that consumers rarely stop to think about whether their online payment is secure. Mobile app developers can fall into a similar trap of assuming that the necessary security measures...more

GroupMe Gets an FCC Green Light on Sending Administrative Texts to Confirm Interest in Joining Social Network Groups

Previous TCPA Blog posts have noted that the FCC has a growing backlog of petitions for rulemaking, expedited declaratory ruling, or petitions for clarification on numerous issues posed by the TCPA. On a recent Friday, the...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

Mobile Medical App Regulations on the Move – Proposed Bills To Further Alter the Regulatory Landscape of Mobile Medical...

Apple’s apps store lists close to a 100,000 health apps. Together with wearable technology, direct-to-consumer testing services, and greater consumer participation in the decision to purchase health insurance, the healthcare...more

Eye on Privacy Newsletter - March 2014

In this issue: - Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Settles California Attorney General Charges over Delayed Data Breach Notification - Status of the EU Regulation and the Safe Harbor Framework - FTC Steps...more

There’s A Litigation App For That?

We were intrigued to learn that KosInteractive LLC has created the U.S. “Fed Courts” app for Android and Apple devices which contains helpful information about U.S. federal courts rules of procedure and court information. The...more

"CANDY" Crushed

From taxi cabs, to subways, to airplanes, to your dinner table, it was virtually impossible to avoid “Candy Crush Saga” in 2013. With over a half billion downloads on Facebook and mobile devices, Candy Crush was the year’s...more

Unauthorized Children’s In-App Purchases Round Two: Google Faces Class Action

Just two months after Apple’s settlement with the FTC over lax parental controls over children’s in-app purchases, Google takes the spotlight with claims of unauthorized children’s in-app purchases in the Google Play Store!...more

How Lessons Learned From “Yik Yak” Can Help You Address The Next Novel Social Media Bullying Trend

The big news in education technology this week is Yik Yak, a free, anonymous social networking application that allows users to post comments that can be seen by others within a 5- to 10-mile radius. The app was intended for...more

Privacy Monday – March 10, 2014

We hope that you remembered to “spring forward” over the weekend — Today’s Privacy Monday is a bit longer than usual – but an important read, particularly if you are a mobile app developer. California Public...more

Week in Review - February 28, 2014

Facebook, iMessages, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Telegram, Confide, MessageMe, Popcorn, Glide, Tango, Viber, Whisper. . . . According to a recent post on the New York Times Bits blog, these are just some of the...more

WhatsApp plus Facebook, what data protection issues?

Adding 450 million monthly users to 1.3 bn monthly users costs $19 bn according to Facebook, but also means that the buyer will be able to know about (and benefit from) much more information on its users to be potentially...more

Apps Based Car Services-The Question Is Insurance

The drivers of app based car services are considered to be independent contractors, not employees and not on the clock unless there is a passenger in their car. If you examine the car service model, on paper these drivers...more

Week in Review - February 14, 2014

The flowers and chocolates that will be delivered to employee desks this week for Valentine's Day are a great reminder for employers to think about the best practices for approaching workplace romances. For more information...more

mHealth Stakeholders: Updated Bullet List of Legal Considerations

You are a device maker, an app or software developer, a potential investor, a healthcare provider, a healthcare payor or an insurer and you see opportunities in mobile health (mHealth). You have an idea for a revolutionary...more

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

U.K. Releases Privacy Guidelines for Mobile App Developers

Developers of mobile applications accessed by British users should take note: the U.K.'s privacy and data protection agency, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), has released new privacy guidelines for app developers...more

Week in Review - February 6, 2014

As the world prepares this week for the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics, employers are being cautioned to address technology-induced liability. Many Fortune 500 companies have adopted policies banning employees' use of...more

FTC Settles U.S.-E.U. Safe Harbor Complaints Against Twelve Companies

On January 21, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") announced agreements ("Settlements") with twelve companies to settle the FTC’s claims that each of the companies had falsely represented that they were in compliance...more

Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 1 - January/February 2014

In This Issue: FFIEC Issues Final Guidance on Social Media Usage by Financial Institutions; Uncovering a Line in the Sand: Employee Social Media Use and the NLRA; Website Operators Await Final Guidance Regarding...more

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