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Privacy Perils: Weather Apps Tracking more than Weather Patterns

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

If you're like millions of Americans, you use the AccuWeather app for iOS to keep up to date about whether the weekend's forecast means fun in the sun or hiding out from the rain. It turns out that AccuWeather may have been...more

FTC Schools “Smart” Toys with Updated COPPA Compliance Guidance

by Hogan Lovells on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released an updated guidance document for complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). The revised guidance, released on June 21, 2017, explicitly identifies...more

AGs Weave Themselves Into Patchwork of Digital-Health Regs

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

There are more than 165,000 mobile health applications available for download in Apple’s App Store or Google Play. This number will likely keep rising, and a body of federal and state regulators, including state attorneys...more

FTC Updates COPPA Guidance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released an updated version of its guidance on complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) on June 21, 2017. Companies that collect personal information from...more

ALERT – FTC Issues Updated Guidance for Compliance with COPPA

by Sedgwick LLP on

On June 21, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updated its guidance for compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). COPPA regulates websites and other online services in connection with...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - May 2017

In this edition of our Privacy and Cybersecurity Update, we take a look at the Trump administration's executive order outlining its cybersecurity plans, Acting FTC Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen's comments on the possible...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

WhatsApp security flaw, lawsuit in Germany

Tobias Boelter, a University of California Berkeley cryptography researcher claims that last year he found a security flaw in WhatsApp’s encrypted smart phone messaging application. The flaw, which relates to the unique...more

FTC Staff Report Details Best Practices for Cross-Device Tracking

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The ubiquitous use of multiple devices by consumers has created new opportunities for mobile apps, platforms, providers, and publishers alike to capture more, and more accurate, consumer data. This practice – known as...more

EU e-Privacy Regulation Raises Stakes for Compliance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The European Commission's proposed e-privacy regulation sets forth obligations on handling electronic communications and clarifies obligations for seeking consent for the use of cookies. Meant to bring the e-privacy directive...more

Unicorns are Real, Indecision May Possibly Be Your Best Option at Some Point and Yes, Virginia, You Can Trust Big Brother

Washington State Begins Beta Testing Its Pioneering Privacy Modeling App - Seattle — and by extension, Washington — has a purist attitude in its fusion of technology and life. All other states offer their employees...more

Broadband Providers Face New Regulations for Protection of Consumer Data

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released landmark protections for internet users, requiring permission from broadband subscribers before broadband providers can collect data on the subscribers’ web...more

What You Must Know about New York’s Proposed Cybersecurity Regulation for the Banking, Insurance, and Financial Services Sectors

by Carlton Fields on

Last week, New York’s Department of Financial Services released its long-awaited proposed cybersecurity regulation, which promises to deliver sweeping protections to consumers and financial institutions alike. The proposed...more

Agencies Encourage New Privacy Regulations to Close the mHealth Black Hole and Keep Pace with Evolving Technologies

by Polsinelli on

On July 19, 2016, the ONC submitted a report to Congress which suggests that health privacy regulations soon may be revised to catch up with the universe of mHealth technologies that now use and share personal health data....more

Pokémon Go: Catching More Than Just Users

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Since its release on July 6, 2016, Pokémon Go has unofficially become the most successful mobile app to date. Generating over 2 million dollars in revenue per day, it already has more daily users than Twitter, and the...more

Changes afoot in China cyber and data laws

by DLA Piper on

Significant developments have been announced by the Chinese Government in recent weeks in relation to cyber security, data handling and online activities. Organisations doing business in the People's Republic of China are...more

Governor Signs Student Data Privacy Law

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On June 9, 2016, Governor Malloy signed into law Public Act 16-189, “An Act Concerning Student Data Privacy” (the “Act”), which ushers in sweeping changes to the protection and use of student data. As schools increasingly...more

Privacy Tip #35 – Employees still careless—don’t be that employee

According to a study by Softchoice, 1-in-5 employees still keep their passwords in plain sight (like a Post-it Note on their desk or in the top drawer of their desk—now that’s original), have accessed work files from a device...more

Advertising Accountability Program Releases First Set of Decisions Applying the DAA’s Mobile Guidance

by Reed Smith on

The Online Internet-Based Advertising Accountability Program recently released decisions regarding popular app publishers’ compliance with the Digital Advertising Alliance Self-Regulatory Principles. These inaugural decisions...more

South Korea Sharpens the Teeth of Its Privacy Law

by Reed Smith on

The Act on the Promotion of Information Communication Network Utilization and Information Protection (“PICNUIA”) has been amended to include potential punitive damages for South Korean businesses that provide services over...more

WhatsApp adds end-to-end encryption

More than a billion people on the planet use online messaging service WhatsApp to send and receive messages, photo and videos and to make phone calls over the Internet. Most of WhatsApp’s users are outside the United States....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

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - October 2015

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we discuss what companies need to know in the wake of the EU Court of Justice's rejection of the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor framework and take a look at the following important...more

Privacy Tip #7 – Who is listening to your conversations through your smartphone microphone?

I’ve always known that my smartphone had a microphone. If nothing else, it obviously has to be used for the Shazam app so I can figure out the name of that great song. So that is the only time I use the microphone on my...more

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