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Mobile Apps: Key Privacy, Security and Data Collection Considerations

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Over the past three years, mobile application usage in the U.S. has increased by 111%, and over 50% of digital media consumption in the U.S. is now through mobile apps. As consumer use of mobile apps continues to rise, the...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

Time to Set the Clock: Self-Regulatory Enforcement of Cross-Device Tracking Begins in February 2017

by WilmerHale on

The Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) recently announced that self-regulatory enforcement of its cross-device guidance will begin in February 2017. Accordingly, companies that engage in cross-device tracking and...more

To (Dis)Close for Comfort–FTC Workshop Seeks Effective Consumer Disclosures

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A goal of providing effective disclosures to consumers is to allow consumers to make informed decisions. But what must be done to make disclosures effective? This was the question the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) explored...more

The Employment Law Authority - July/August 2016

On June 27, 2016, in National Federation of Independent Business et al. v. Perez, et al., the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (Lubbock Division) granted Plaintiffs’ Motion for a Preliminary ...more

Advertising Law - July 2016 #4

Sen. Franken Hits Pause on Pokémon GO - After the Pokémon GO app was downloaded approximately 7.5 million times in the United States alone in its first week of release, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), the chairman of the...more

Learning from Venmo’s Compliance Issues: How to Avoid Inadequate Privacy Disclosures

by Carlton Fields on

PayPal, the company responsible for the popular mobile payments app, Venmo, recently agreed to voluntarily bolster its privacy and security disclosures—and pay a $175,000 penalty—in response to an enforcement action brought...more

Subscription-Based Business Models: An Overview of Auto-Renewal Regulations

by Bryan Cave on

The demand for subscription-based and recurring revenue business models is growing faster than ever. According to a 2014 report by The Economist Intelligence Unit, 80 percent of customers are demanding new consumption models...more

Serious Games Require Serious Attention to Marketing Statements

Lumos Labs recently paid $2 million to the FTC to settle claims that it deceived consumers about its brain training application’s ability to increase cognitive function. According to the FTC, the company alleged that its...more

Advertising Law - October 2015 #2

"Flying Rabbi" Suit Crash Lands in NY Appellate Court - A New York man was unsuccessful in his lawsuit accusing Jimmy Kimmel of misappropriating his image during a skit on the late night TV show, Jimmy Kimmel...more

Somebody’s Watching You: What Are the Rules?

by LeClairRyan on

In 1984, Kennedy William Gordy, better known as pop artist Rockwell, released his first and ultimately biggest hit: Somebody’s Watching Me. One can only imagine how Rockwell would have felt if the Internet was in full swing...more

The Nuts and Bolts of Digital Advertising

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

“We have the best mobile app on the market!” “Subscribe now and win an Apple watch!” “Download our software and we guarantee an increase in your business within 30 days!” That all sounds quite wonderful, actually. Where do I...more

Community Banking Legal Alert

by LeClairRyan on

In This Issue: - Banks May Need to Take a Second Look at “Free” Checking Account Promotions - Is Apple Pay in Your Future - Marketing Agreements for Mortgage Services Require Care - Financial...more

Disclosure At The Mobile Check-Out: The FTC's View On Mobile Shopping Apps

by Cooley LLP on

In its August 1st report entitled "What's the Deal — An FTC Study on Mobile Shopping Apps," the FTC provides guidance on various disclosures that should be made by mobile apps along with reinforcing a number of prior...more

California AG Offers Best Practices for Do Not Track Disclosures; Crucial Compliance Questions Left Unanswered

California Attorney General Kamala Harris released a long-awaited report entitled Making Your Privacy Practices Public (Report) on May 21, 2014. The Report recommends “best practices” for compliance with the California Online...more

New CA Privacy Disclosure Requirements Clarified By AG

by BakerHostetler on

California has a number of privacy notice requirements for businesses collecting data from California residents, including as of January 1 of this year a requirement that websites, mobile apps and online services make certain...more

California says you can track online, but you can't hide your tracking

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

California law will soon require website and mobile app operators to disclose additional information in their privacy policies. Because the law applies to operators of websites and online services (including mobile apps) that...more

FTC says app developers must shine more light on how they use data

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

When your own flashlight is spying on you, something is wrong. That, at any rate, is the Federal Trade Commission’s thinking in a case that illustrates how, in today’s electronic world, privacy concerns can lurk in the most...more

Mobile Apps Remain Regulatory Focus as FTC Enforces Data Privacy of Popular Program

The provider of the immensely popular “Brightest Flashlight Free” mobile app for Android reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges that it collected sensitive personal information, including...more

FTC Releases Report Regarding Mobile App Privacy Disclosure

by Scott & Scott, LLP on

Scott & Scott, LLP attorney, Brian Von Hatten, suggests that anyone who develops or offers mobile apps should seek to ensure that their disclosures are at least up to par with respect to the FTC’s best practices concerning...more

"Eye on Privacy" Newsletter - March 2013

In this issue: - FTC Releases Privacy Disclosure Guidelines for Mobile Ecosystem - California Attorney General Issues Privacy Practice Recommendations for Mobile Ecosystem - Mobile Apps: Learning from...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update: FTC Mobile Privacy Disclosures: Building Trust Through Transparency

Overview - On February 1, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a staff report providing guidance and promoting best practices to improve transparency throughout the mobile app ecosystem (the Report). The...more

FTC Survey: Disclosure Of Use Of Private Information In Mobile Apps For Children Is Insufficient

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

A report recently released by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reveals that mobile applications targeted at children often collect and share children’s private information with third parties but generally do not provide...more

Children’s Online Privacy Protection: U.S. Developments Compared To Canada

by Dentons on

There were two important developments in the U.S. regarding children and mobile technologies....more

FTC Announces Investigations of Kids App Providers and California’s AG Sues Delta over Fly Delta App’s Privacy Practices

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Two recent developments should have all app providers reviewing their privacy practices and policies. On Monday, December 10, the Federal Trade Commission released its latest report on privacy disclosures and kids apps....more

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