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DOJ Requires Compliance with Voluntary Guidance for Website Accessibility - Website Operators: Be Aware of Efforts to Expand Legal...

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced a compliance review and subsequent settlement agreement with Ahold U.S.A. Inc. and Peapod, LLC – the owner and operator of peapod.com, an online grocery shopping website. The...more

Privacy Alert: Privacy Lessons Learned From Uber

It’s not just health care companies, credit card companies, or big box retailers that need to be careful when it comes to privacy. Any company collecting user data from mobile apps—including geolocation data, user address...more

Location of employees can be monitored with privacy restrictions

It is possible to collect location data relating to employees through smartphone Apps if used in order to optimize the usage of resources and improve their management, coordination and timing provided that this practice...more

Google Play and the Slow Transition to Mobile for Real Money Gaming

If the past 10 years have taught us anything it’s that the future is not just online, it’s on the go. For countless consumers, mobile and tablet devices are the preferred method of accessing online content. After a slow...more

Status Updates - November 2014 #6

That’s a lot of latte. It turns out that Starbucks—not a company in the mobile payments business—was the first company to make in-person payments by mobile phone mainstream. According to recent statements by the coffee...more

Managing Your Online Content and Website

A SURVEY OF PRIVACY, COPYRIGHT, AND TRADEMARK ISSUES - Today, even Elvis has a Facebook page, Instagram2 and Google+ accounts, a Twitter handle, a Pinterest board, and a mobile app. The Internet and the mobile...more

Tokenization Introduced to Tackle Cyber Crime

On November 3, a large financial services company announced the rollout of its Token Service (Service) for online, mobile app, and in-store mobile purchases. The Service is designed to increase security and reduce...more

Call me, maybe? New technology, mobile marketing and the TCPA

Mobile marketing is the new frontier, and many companies across many industries are increasingly using technology to communicate with consumers through text messaging. As mobile campaigns proliferate, so do class actions...more

Enforcement Priorities and Trends in Children's and Minors' Advertising and Privacy

BakerHostetler's Alan Friel recently interviewed FTC staff lawyer Kandi Parsons and Assistant New Jersey Attorney General Elliot Sibers at the opening session of the Children's Advertising Review Unit ("CARU") of the...more

Global App Enforcement Sweep - Lessons For Developers

A recent survey of over 1,200 of the top mobile apps in 19 countries by the Global Privacy Enforcement Network ("GPEN") has found that 85% of the apps reviewed were non-compliant, failing to provide even the most basic...more

New California Privacy Law Revisions Will Impact Website and Mobile App Operators With Users Under Age 18

Last year, California made child-related revisions to its Online Privacy Protection Act that have ramifications even for websites and other online services that are not directed to children. The revision, “Privacy Rights for...more

Mobile Health Apps are in a Boom Phase – Why is it so Hard for Pharmaceutical Companies to Find Users?

Mobile medical and health applications have been in a boom phase for the past few years, but despite this trend, one group of entities has had trouble breaking into the mobile medical app sphere, pharmaceutical (i.e., pharma)...more

Payments Hit the Road

With New Devices Making Mobile Payments Easier, Banks Are Getting A Run For Their Money - The advent of mobile payments is changing consumers’ lives—and reshaping the competitive landscape for the companies that...more

Status Updates - October 2014 #14

Cover your Glass. We’ve addressed in Socially Aware the growing legal hysteria stirred up by Google Glass and other wearable technology. Just as Polaroid cameras were once banned from beach resorts and even the Washington...more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (Oct. 31, 2014)

Simple Tips for a Less Stressful Lawyer Life: A former lawyers shares a few tips to keep you from overwork and attorney burnout. (Leaving the Law)...more

9 Must-Have Apps for Lawyers

While it’s true paper will never go out of style for attorneys, technology – specifically mobile apps – has made the legal profession much easier to navigate. Apps are the perfect tool for lawyers and legal professionals who...more

“Th-th-th-that’s All, Folks!” Federal Judge Dismisses Class Action against Cartoon Network, Finds Anonymous User IDs Don’t Qualify...

On October 8, Georgia Federal District Judge Thomas Thrash, Jr., dismissed a putative class action against The Cartoon Network, Inc., where the plaintiff alleged that the animation company violated the Video Privacy...more

Eye on Privacy Newsletter - October 2014

In this issue: - FTC Recommends Improved Transparency and Security in Mobile Shopping Apps - Appellate Courts to Address What Constitutes an "Automatic Telephone Dialing System" Under the TCPA -...more

COPPA Compliance is Important for General Audience Websites, Too

Yelp’s $450,000 settlement with the FTC in September should serve as an important reminder for all owners and operators of websites or mobile apps – even if your site is not for kids, you need to know and abidge by what the...more

Status Updates - October 2014 #11

..Clearing the air. Aereo, the startup broadcasting service that lost big in the U.S. Supreme Court last June, just lost another, and possibly its last, court battle. A U.S. district judge in the Southern District of New...more

Advertising Law - Oct 2014

FTC Mows Down Astroturfing at Yahoo - The Federal Trade Commission has closed an investigation into “astroturfing” by Yahoo employees and declined to take enforcement action because of the limited number of workers...more

Mobilizing on Mobile Apps: The FTC’s Comment to the CFPB Signals its Priorities

In recent months, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has been steadily ramping up its efforts to monitor, regulate, and provide best practice guidance in the rapidly expanding field of mobile applications. On September 10,...more

Smartphones, Maps, and Distracted Driving

What? Is texting and driving now legal in California? Not quite… But the California Court of Appeals has recently ruled that it is permissible to view maps on smartphones while driving....more

FFIEC and CFPB Announce Updates To Web-Based HMDA Database And Tools

On September 22, the FFIEC announced an update to its online database for analyzing HMDA data and the CFPB announced updates to the agency’s corresponding HMDA tools. Originally launched in September 2013, the tool focuses on...more

All Native Advertising is Not Equal: Why that Matters Under the First Amendment and Why it Should Matter to the FTC – Part I

Understanding the Once And Future Native Advertising - What is “Native Advertising”? The definition of “native advertising”, or simply “native”, is admittedly an elusive one. There are many definitions put forth...more

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