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Privacy Tip #44 – The flashlight app’s collection of your data

When you start needing longer arms to read restaurant menus in the candlelight, you might consider downloading a flashlight app to use with your reading glasses. But before you download it, first be aware that your...more

Privacy Tip #43 – Pokémon players: Beware

Pokémon GO has been downloaded 7.5 million times in the U.S. alone. It has been reported that it has surpassed Twitter. If you are enjoying the game, you should know how it is collecting and using your information....more

Privacy Tip #41 – Tape over your laptop camera and microphone

When I train clients’ employees on data privacy and security, I always mention the microphone on smartphones. They are powerful and if you allow apps access to your microphone, they can listen to every one of your...more

FTC Settles Case against Vulcun for Force-Installing Apps

On May 10, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it had approved an order with General Workings, Inc., d/b/a “Vulcun,” settling charges that the company violated the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act) when it...more

Trending Now: Alternative Forms of Person-to-Person Payments

Are you more likely to leave your house without your mobile phone or without cash? Very few of us carry cash anymore, but according to the March 2016 Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System report entitled Consumers...more

Children's Privacy Online: The Interplay Between Mobile Applications and the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act

The activities of children on the internet, whether via computers, smart phones, or tablets, have grown exponentially in recent history. As internet access for children increased, parents began losing control of the amount...more

Waze app vulnerable to driver tracking

In the category of being careful with location based services when using apps, researchers at the University of California-Santa Barbara have discovered a vulnerability in the popular Waze app that permitted them to create...more

Privacy Tip # 33 – Shopper tracking billboards

I have commented before on the use of location based services on mobile telephones and that apps (and your telecommunications provider) use and sell your location data for all sorts of purposes without your knowledge. The...more

FTC issues warning to app developers about use of microphone software—it monitors consumers’ TV use without their knowledge

Most people don’t think about the microphone on their mobile phone unless it isn’t working. Most people don’t know that if it is on, it is working all of the time and is capturing private data that it has access to....more

New malware steals banking credentials and holds data ransom

Researchers at Palo Alto Networks have reported that malware dubbed Xbot is targeting devices in Australia and Russia but predict that the malware may become widespread. It is particularly worrisome as it attacks...more

Mobile Location Analytics: Changing the Game for Brick and Mortar Retail

For brick-and-mortar retailers, smart phones have taken on an entirely new role in customers’ shopping experiences. A technology known as "mobile location analytics" ("MLA") or sometimes, "indoor analytics," gives brick and...more

Social Media Is the Kardashians of E-Discovery

Now that Taylor Swift has supplanted Kim Kardashian West as the queen of Instagram with 50.6 million followers, will people stop talking about her and the rest of the Kardashian clan? Of course not. As of October 2015, Kim...more

Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay: Where’s Your Wallet?

Last week Samsung launched its mobile payments app to compete with ApplePay and Android Pay, with much anticipation among technology bloggers. A few Technorati rushed to try the application so they could compare and contrast...more

Weekly Privacy Tip #3 – Know how apps are accessing and using your constant location

Everyone loves their smartphone. Everyone loves the newest app. Angry Birds has lots of company now. But most people don’t know the back end of apps and how they are accessing, using and selling your data. Why? Because no one...more

White House Announces Next Steps in Easing of Cuban Embargo But Broad Restrictions Remain in Place

On September 21, 2015, new amendments that further relax restrictions in the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) will take effect. In anticipation of the amendments’...more

[Webinar] Mobile Device Management for Health Care Organizations and Vendors - Sept. 10th, 10:00am PDT

In this webinar, we will demystify the HIPAA Security Rule and how to apply the administrative, physical, and technical safeguards in a mobile environment. We will discuss key takeaways from the recently released NIST Draft...more

Akamai Ruling: Mobile App and Website Owners Beware

Last week the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals (“Federal Circuit”) “changed the game” for parties, including website and mobile app owners that work in tandem with end users, to practice the steps of a patent. In Akamai...more

The e-Workplace: Balancing Employer and Employee Rights

Facebook. Twitter. LinkedIn. YouTube. Blogs. Email. Texts. Social media and the “E-Workplace” have become a fact of life for all employers. Companies have learned that these social media sites can be powerful marketing tools,...more

Android smartphones Stagefright engine vulnerable

It is being reported that 95% of all Android smartphones are vulnerable to being hacked with a text message, which is being called the “heartbleed for mobile.” According to security experts, the vulnerability exploits the...more

Social Media Week Part IV – Telling a Story About Honey

I continue my exploration of the use of social media in doing compliance by taking a look at a very innovative social media solution to a difficult compliance issue around, of all things, honey. This example shows how...more

Cloud Sharing Apps Scrutinized for ePHI

In a relatively short time period, the direct costs of document storage have dropped precipitously, and cloud-based document storage has become ubiquitous. Clearly, this is a wave of the future. But a recent settlement...more

Pennsylvania Federal Court Holds that Envelope with Visible Bar Code That Could Be Scanned To Reveal Consumer’s Account Number May...

Action Item: In light of this decision, debt collectors should avoid the use of account numbers and/or QR codes on envelopes or within the viewing area of clear plastic envelope windows. Revealing such information on...more

TCPA Connect - July 2015

SPECIAL FOCUS: FCC Issues Long Awaited TCPA Declaratory Ruling and Order - On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued its omnibus Declaratory Ruling and Order (Ruling) addressing 21 petitions...more

Mobile App Legal Terms & Conditions: Six Key Considerations

For corporations, the mobile app is today’s website. Back in the late 1990s, no self-respecting company, no matter how stodgy and old-fashioned, wanted to be without a website....more

The Nuts and Bolts of Digital Advertising

“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

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