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California Senator Introduces Bill To Protect Privacy Of Mobile Device Users' GPS Data

A bill introduced in the California Senate by Senator Mark Leno is designed to help consumers make more informed decisions about their privacy when installing new smartphone or tablet apps that track their location using GPS....more

Increased FTC Enforcement as FDA Deregulates Low-Risk Health IT Devices

The FTC steps up enforcement of misleading software and mobile app promotional claims as FDA deregulates low-risk health IT devices. In recent weeks, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has taken several enforcement...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (Mar 20, 2015)

From Around the Web - Student Loan Refinancing vs. Consolidation – Which is Right for You? After grades and getting a job, what’s the next item on the worry list for most new and aspiring attorneys? Debt! Specifically...more

Legal Reflections for the Venture Community on the “Serial” Podcast

No doubt many venture capitalists were, like millions of others, captivated by the recent podcast “Serial,” produced and narrated by This American Life reporter Sarah Koenig. The podcast had all the charm of an old-fashioned...more

Apple’s ResearchKit Turns iPhones into Medical Devices

Apple recently released ResearchKit, an open-source software platform that allows scientists to gather medical data using an individual’s own iPhone. According to The Asian Age, the new platform allows iPhone users to easily...more

Insurance Review (Australia) - February 2015

In This Issue: - REGULATORY: - The Financial System Inquiry - Insurance Reform In The UK - CYBER: - Top Five Privacy And Cyber Predictions, Trends And Issues Impacting Insurers In 2015 And...more

Advertising Law - March 2015 #2

New DAA App Brings Choice to Mobile - Bringing consumer choice to mobile applications, the Digital Advertising Alliance released “AppChoices,” a free app that will allow consumers to opt out of tracking on mobile...more

FDA's Evolving Policy Toward Health IT, Medical Apps, and Low Risk Devices

Between January 20 and February 9, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) issued four guidances related to its policies toward low risk devices. These guidances were largely developed as an outgrowth from FDA’s...more

FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap - February 2015

FY 2016 budget request reflects FDA’s broadening scope of activities - The regulator’s requested budget of $4.9 billion for the upcoming fiscal year represents a 9% increase from the enacted FY 2015 budget, with $147.7...more

Free Apps might be misleading

Distributors of free Apps shall comply with stringent transparency obligations following an investigation from the Italian competition authority....more

Consumer Health Information Update from Both Sides of the Atlantic

As we reported in May 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) convened stakeholders to explore whether health-related information collected from and about consumers — known as consumer-generated health information (CHI) —...more

Blog: US Department of Education’s New Data Privacy Guidance: Why It Matters

In January 2015, the US Department of Education has issued an advisory to all elementary and secondary schools on data privacy and security issues to be considered in negotiating agreements with online service providers or...more

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

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