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Advertising Law - April 2017 #3

Amazon, FTC Reach Deal Over In-App Charges - Amazon and the Federal Trade Commission have agreed to drop their appeals in a lawsuit accusing the online retailer of billing consumers for unauthorized in-app charges incurred...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 8, Issue 2

Welcome to the newest edition of Socially Aware, our Burton Awardwinning guide to the law and business of social media. In this edition, we explore the threat to U.S. jobs posed by rapid advances in emerging technologies;...more

Privacy Tip #82 – Downloading Free Entertainment is an Easy Way to Infect Your Computer with Malware

Remember when TV was free? Okay, most of you don’t, and I was just a tot, but back in the day, it was free. We didn’t have dozens of channels or choices, but everyone could watch the major networks and PBS without a cost....more

Top 5 iPad Apps for the Legal Professional

by Planet Depos, LLC on

Your iPad can be used for much more than FaceTime and Netflix. Planet Depos has put together a list of the top five iPad apps for the legal professional. These apps will help make your life easier, and make your iPad as...more

Advertising Law - April 2017 #2

Business Supply Scam Operators Banned From Telemarketing - The Federal Trade Commission banned the operators of an office supply business from telemarketing pursuant to a settlement deal in Texas federal court. In...more

New York Attorney General Enters Digital Health App and Privacy Enforcement Fray: Announces Three Settlements with Health and...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On March 23, the New York Office of the Attorney General (“NY OAG”) announced Assurances of Discontinuance (“Settlements”) with three developers of health and fitness mobile apps. The Settlements appear to mark the NY OAG’s...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

NY AG Enters Mobile Health App Enforcement Arena with Settlements Targeting Health Claims and Privacy Practices

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently announced settlements with three mobile health app developers resolving allegations that they made deceptive advertisements and had irresponsible privacy practices. The...more

IoT Device Maker Settles Class Claims for $3.75 Million

by BakerHostetler on

In one of the first Internet of Things (IoT) class action settlements, the maker of a Bluetooth-enabled personal vibrator agreed to settle privacy class claims for $3.75 million. The We-Vibe product allows a user to...more

FTC and Amazon Withdraw Appeals in In-App Purchasing Lawsuit

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last year, we reported that a federal judge had found Amazon liable for charging customers for unauthorized in-app purchases made by the customer’s respective children in an action filed by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”...more

Illinois “Right to Know” Bill Passed Out Of Senate Judiciary Committee; Moves To Illinois State Senate

by King & Spalding on

On March 14, 2017, the Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill requiring websites and apps to notify their Illinois customers of the types of personally identifiable information they collect, disclose and sell....more

Uber Steers for Mandatory Arbitration

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

After its bid to compel arbitration stalled in the district court, Uber is gearing up to argue before the Second Circuit that its users waive their right to a jury trial when they sign up for its app. The defendants in...more

NY AG Targets Mobile Health Applications Over Privacy Policy, Misleading Claims Concerns

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

The Office of the New York State Attorney General (“NY AG”) recently announced a settlement of its investigation into the privacy policy and advertising-related business practices of three popular health-based mobile...more

Knowing Where You Are, When You Are: Creepy or competitive? The privacy and security issues involved with geo-location tracking

by Bryan Cave on

Smartphones, smartphone apps, websites, and other connected devices (e.g., “wearables”) increasingly request that consumers provide their geo-location information. Geo-location information can refer to general information...more

Privacy TIp #79 – Consumer Reports Will Help Us With Privacy + Security of Products

What a great idea! Trusty Consumer Reports has announced that it is collaborating with three cybersecurity firms to “create a new standard that safeguards consumers’ security and privacy—and we hope industry will use...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Eddie Lampert’s Sears mega-gamble appears to finally be catching up with him. Or the store, at least. Mr. Lampert, it seems, will come out not as worse for the wear as one might have expected....more

Dickinson Wright Successfully Defends SLITHER.IO Creator From Trademark Challenge

by Dickinson Wright on

The Dickinson Wright team of Craig Phillips, Edward Perdue, and Steven Lustig successfully defended client, Lowtech Studios – creator of the highly popular mobile phone game app slither.io, from a trademark challenge by...more

The Internet of Toys

Privacy advocates in both the United States and Europe are urging regulators to take a hard look at the privacy ramifications of internet-connected toys, which are often conventional toys augmented by companion mobile...more

A Deep Dive into Privacy/Security Disclosures in Snap’s S-1

Last week, Snap Inc. (“Snap” or the “Company”) – the parent company of the wildly popular app Snapchat (“Snapchat” or the “App”) – became a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange in the biggest tech IPO since...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

It’s been far from a smooth ride for Uber over the past few weeks. And Friday’s revelation that the ride-sharing company’s been using a tool called “Greyball” to mine and use app data to “deceive the authorities in markets...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

You Might Want To Introduce This New App To Your Gig Workers

by Fisher Phillips on

My colleague Brandy Cody recently published a blog post that described several tools available to gig workers to help them manage their work. As predicted by Cynthia Federico in her blog post a couple of weeks ago, companies...more

Be a Jetson, Not a Flintstone: 7 Tips for Social, Mobile, & Cloud in E-Discovery

by Exterro, Inc. on

We’re all used to how quickly technology changes these days – one moment something is all the rage (remember Pokemon Go?) and within months, it’s ancient history. Those platforms that do stand the test of time become so...more

Amazon Go Might Be the End of Check-Out Lines

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

For anyone who has ever waited in a long line at the grocery story, Amazon hopes it has a solution. In December, Amazon launched its new Amazon Go grocery store in Seattle. Amazon Go is not a typical supermarket: it has no...more

GPS Tracking and Smartphone Apps – Get Consent!

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

With the proliferation of satellite navigation systems and smart phones, many employers have contemplated using GPS tracking to increase efficiency, and frankly, to keep a better eye on their employees during the work day....more

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