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Round Two for Snapchat: Agreement with the Maryland Attorney General Settling Claims of Consumer Deception and COPPA Violations

Just a little over a month after settling charges of false promises of disappearing user messages (among other things) with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), mobile app developer Snapchat, Inc. (“Snapchat” or “Company”)...more

The FTC Continues Its Focus on the Mobile Arena

The Federal Trade Commission has recently focused its consumer protection efforts on the mobile arena, and particularly video game companies operating in that arena. Early last year, the FTC issued several staff...more

States Further Attempt to Protect Minors' Privacy Online

Following the adoption of a California law protecting minors under the age of 18 online, Delaware has now introduced House Bill 261, which would add a new section called the Child Online Protection Act to Title 6 of the...more

Ten Legal Practice Tips: Developing and Distributing Apps

Apps likely contain several elements of intellectual property. Protect copyrights, patents and trade secrets as you would in other software projects (employee and contractor agreements, copyright registrations, trademark...more

On the Eighth Day of Privacy, my Mobile Apps Know Everything About Me . . .

Of all the “Days of Privacy” looking forward to 2014, we believe that the issues surrounding mobile applications and privacy will see some of the most intense regulatory focus …. read on, and be prepared…....more

Mobile Apps: No Surprises, Please

Widely applicable rules regarding consumer privacy disclosures in our increasingly mobile world are only now emerging. Government agencies, individual states, and professional associations are all weighing in on how mobile...more

The Download - August 2013

In this issue: - Digital Advertising Alliance Releases Mobile Guidance - House Energy and Commerce Task Force on Privacy - The Senate Committee on Commerce Considers Cybersecurity - House Energy...more

Guide to Compliance with the Amended COPPA Rule

What Is COPPA? •Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, enacted by Congress in 1998 •Congress directed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, to issue and enforce regulations...more

Mobile Apps and Websites Face New COPPA Requirements Starting July 1

In one month, on July 1, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission’s most recent amendments to its Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (“COPPA Rule”) will go into effect. These changes include a variety of requirements...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

Selected Highlights from the FTC's COPPA FAQs

The FTC posted on its website an updated version of its COPPA FAQs. (The FTC amended its COPPA Rule in December 2012, which we summarized in this Alert.) The deadline for complying with the amended COPPA Rule is July 1, 2013....more

Privacy Regulators Take to the Web in Search of Deficient Privacy Policies

Regulators have historically taken a reactive approach to privacy and information security issues related to websites and mobile apps, often waiting to take action until a potential violation has been brought to their...more

FTC Serves Notice on App Developers About Children’s Privacy

The Federal Trade Commission has made it quite clear that it is serious about advising mobile app developers that the rules of the road will be changing very soon. Since 2011, the Commission has been working to update the...more

Unique Privacy Concerns for Mobile Apps [Video]

With the rise of BaaS (or Backend as a service) platforms, it is easier than ever to create a mobile app on the fly. But Fenwick privacy co-chair Tyler Newby advises that companies should be aware of some important privacy...more

FTC Announces Settlement with Social Networking App and Issues Staff Report Regarding Mobile Device Privacy Disclosures

On February 1, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") announced an agreement with social network mobile application ("app") operator Path, Inc. ("Path") to settle the FTC's claims that Path collected personal information...more

FTC Recommends Privacy Practices for Mobile Apps

A new Federal Trade Commission report urges mobile app platforms and developers to better inform consumers about their privacy practices. Mobile app platforms and developers should review their privacy policies to ensure...more

Advertising Law -- Feb 21, 2013

In This Issue: Neutrogena Escapes Class Certification; It's Not "Hip" to Steal Contact Info; Leibowitz Leaves the FTC—Who Will Take His Place?; A Court Ruling Wouldn't Be Kosher; California Supreme Court: Some Online...more

Advertising Law -- Feb 15, 2013

In This Issue: The FTC and the Mobile Ecosystem: Enforcement Action, Report, and Educational Materials Released; Size Really Does Matter – At Least for Subway Sandwiches; Will Maryland Be the Next California?; CARU...more

Around the Virtual World - February 4-15, 2013

A weekly wrap up of interesting news about virtual worlds, virtual goods and other social media. In This Issue: - Path Inc. to Settle Charges Over Collecting Kids' Data - Feds Urge App Makers, Mobile Operating...more

The FTC and California’s Attorney General Recommend Detailed New Privacy Practices and Disclosures for Entities Operating in the...

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and California Attorney General’s office each recently issued detailed guidance for providers of mobile platforms, apps, ad networks, and their trade associations....more

Designing for Privacy & Web Success

Originally published in Website Magazine, on January 18, 2013. It is a safe prediction for 2013 that public awareness of websites’ data privacy issues will continue to increase. In the last few years, popular websites,...more

FTC Assesses $800,000 Fine Against Mobile App Operator and Issues Mobile Privacy and Security Guidance

The Federal Trade Commission has emphasized in the past that general privacy protections in the website space apply equally to mobile services, but a new FTC Staff Report released on Friday hones in on some privacy...more

Path/FTC Settlement - Much More Than A Slap On The Wrist

On February 1, 2012, “smart journal” application provider, Path, Inc. (“Path”) agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) charges that it deceived consumers and improperly collected personal information in violation of...more

Social Networking Mobile App Developer Agrees to Pay $800,000 and Implement Comprehensive Privacy Program to Settle Claims for...

On February 1, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a settlement with Path, Inc., a social networking mobile application developer. Path offers and distributes "smart journal" mobile apps, which permit users to...more

FTC Announces Important Settlement with Social Networking App and Releases New Mobile App Report

The FTC announced a potentially groundbreaking settlement with the social networking app Path and released an important new staff report on Mobile Privacy Disclosures late last week. The FTC’s Settlement with Path...more

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