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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

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

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

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

The Truth About Mobile Intellectual Property Protection: Debunking Common Misconceptions

Mobile is the platform of the smart future. - As mobile device and network capabilities expand and reach broader audiences, ubiquitous network connectivity and depth of mobile data penetration will solidify the...more

The CFPB and the Technological Revolution

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray emphasized during the CFPB’s September 11, 2014, meeting with the Consumer Advisory Board the CFPB’s new focus on protecting consumers who use mobile...more

Mobile Payments – The Future is NOW

At this week’s highly anticipated new product launch, Tim Cook (Apple’s CEO) introduced Apple Pay, Apple’s new payment platform driven by the event’s leading stars, the iPhone 6 and iWatch. As usual, the excitement was...more

Federal Trade Commission Checks Out Mobile Shopping Apps

In August, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released a staff report concerning mobile shopping applications (“apps”). FTC staff reviewed some of the most popular apps consumers utilize to comparison shop, collect and...more

FTC Examines Pre-Download Consumer Disclosures of Mobile Shopping Applications; Makes Recommendations Applicable to All Consumer...

Continuing its examination of consumer protection issues in the mobile payments sphere, on August 1, 2014, the FTC released a staff report examining the pre-download disclosures of mobile shopping applications to evaluate the...more

FTC Combats ‘Cramming’ in Mobile Apps and Services

In a recently released staff report, the Federal Trade Commission makes several recommendations designed to reduce “mobile cramming.” Cramming occurs when consumers access or enroll in third-party services through a mobile...more

Mobile Application: Security Best Practices

The industry for mobile applications is growing rapidly. As companies and independent developers look to gain—or strengthen—footholds in this competitive space, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asks, “… is security keeping...more

8 Best Practices to Help You Manage Risks Associated With Mobile “Big Data”

The more than six billion mobile devices in use worldwide offer companies access to a possible treasure trove of customer information in almost every consumer segment. These devices now create a constant stream of data—from...more

The Fed’s Report on Mobile Financial Services: Slow Growth in Mobile Payments

Earlier this year, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (“Board”) released a report on its third annual Survey of Consumers’ Use of Mobile Financial Services (the “2013 Survey”). The 2013 Survey are part of...more

Mobile app providers: be aware of sweeping privacy watchdogs.

The Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) is organizing an international privacy sweep between 12 and 18 May 2014, specifically targeted at mobile applications, involving 27 data protection authorities around the world....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

Fed Issues a Report on Mobile Financial Services

On March 25, the Fed issued a report on the use of mobile phones to obtain financial services. Last year, 33 percent of all mobile phone users and 51 percent of smartphone users had used mobile banking. The most common mobile...more

Week in Review - February 28, 2014

Facebook, iMessages, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Telegram, Confide, MessageMe, Popcorn, Glide, Tango, Viber, Whisper. . . . According to a recent post on the New York Times Bits blog, these are just some of the...more

Week in Review - February 6, 2014

As the world prepares this week for the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics, employers are being cautioned to address technology-induced liability. Many Fortune 500 companies have adopted policies banning employees' use of...more

Eye on Privacy - January 2014

In this issue: - FTC Settlement with Flashlight App Requires Extensive Disclosures Outside of the Privacy Policy to Collect and Share Geolocation Information - GAO and Senate Commerce Committee Release Studies...more

Week in Review - January 23, 2014

Anything you say on Facebook can and often will be used against you in a court of law. Technology has not only changed the workplace; it has also changed employment lawsuits. We've provided a link below to an article...more

Week in Review - January 16, 2014

This week's headlines charged employers with preserving and protecting data in the workplace. This advice is timely given that this week is “Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week,” a time when employers are reminded to safeguard...more

FTC Reaches $32.5 Million Settlement Agreement with Apple, Inc. Over Deceptive Billing Practices in Mobile Apps for Children

The Federal Trade Commission announced its sizeable settlement agreement with Apple, Inc. on Wednesday, over allegations that the company had violated Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act by billing consumers...more

Week in Review - December 19, 2013

The holiday season is a time for reflection, including reflection on our technology habits. Many individuals are aiming to be truly home for the Christmas holiday by engaging in digital detox plans and setting their...more

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