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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

On the Eighth Day of Privacy, my Mobile Apps Know Everything About Me . . .

Of all the “Days of Privacy” looking forward to 2014, we believe that the issues surrounding mobile applications and privacy will see some of the most intense regulatory focus …. read on, and be prepared…....more

On the Third Day of Privacy, My Smartphone Followed Me…

In 2013 geolocation and biometrics were hot topics. Apple included a fingerprint reader on the new iPhone which was either really cool or an epic fail depending on your viewpoint, and Google and the NSA are tracking our...more

Advertising Law -- Dec 06, 2013

FTC Settles With Mobile Crammers - In the Federal Trade Commission’s first lawsuit over mobile cramming, Wise Media and two individual defendants agreed to a permanent ban on placing unauthorized charges on telephone...more

Week in Review - November 21, 2013

As turkeys and pumpkin pie ingredients fill grocery carts across America, employee privacy issues fill the workplace. A recent survey shows that younger employees, ages 18 to 25, are more concerned about their privacy in the...more

FDA Finalizes Guidance on "Mobile Medical Applications"

On September 25, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance on Mobile Medical Applications – healthcare related software applications intended for use on mobile platforms such as smartphones and...more

Mobile Medical Apps Guidance

Mobile health ("mHealth") application ("app") developers, manufacturers, investors, healthcare providers and others received welcome news late last month when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") published its...more

Technology & Sourcing News - September 2013 (Global)

Procurement and Public Sector Equality Duty Review - On 6 September 2013, the Minister for Women and Equalities published a statement on the outcome of the review. Mobile banking - supporting an innovative and secure...more

Want to Turn on Your Employer? There’s an App for That.

Plaintiffs’ firms looking to capitalize on the growth in whistleblower litigation are turning to smart phone technology to try to gain a competitive edge. Well-known Delaware plaintiffs’ class action law firm Grant &...more

FDA Issues Long-Awaited Final Guidance on Mobile Medical Applications

Agency expands enforcement discretion, focusing its oversight on a discrete subset of mobile apps that present the greatest risk to patients. On September 23, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency)...more

The FDA Releases Long-Awaited Final Guidance on Mobile Medical Applications

On September 23, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (the “FDA” or the “Agency”) issued long-awaited final guidance for developers of mobile medical or health applications (or “mobile medical apps”) used on...more

FDA Issues Final Mobile Medical App Guidance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued long-awaited final guidance for developers of mobile medical apps. The final guidance comes more than two years after the FDA published its draft guidance in July 2011. ...more

"Eye on Privacy" Newsletter - September 2013

In this issue: - Digital Advertising Alliance Releases Guidance on the Application of Its Self-Regulatory Principles to the Mobile Environment - TCPA Update: Recent Decisions and Significant Upcoming Change to...more

Too Much of A Good Thing? Mind the Privacy Implications of iOS 7's New MDM Capabilities in Your BYOD Workforce

In addition to the consumer hoopla over iOS 7, companies managing BYOD programs also have reason to rejoice. As reported on CIO.com, iOS 7 brings about a new level of control for companies through expanded app-level MDM...more

The Download - August 2013

In this issue: - Digital Advertising Alliance Releases Mobile Guidance - House Energy and Commerce Task Force on Privacy - The Senate Committee on Commerce Considers Cybersecurity - House Energy...more

Tax Law Blog: Social Media, the Internal Revenue Service and You

The IRS has joined the social media wave and is now accessible on many new forums. In addition, the Department's new app – IRS2Go - is available on most models of smartphone and is free to download....more

U.S. Government Releases Draft Self-Regulatory Code of Conduct for Mobile App Privacy Notices

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has published a draft of self-regulatory guidelines for privacy notices for mobile apps. This version is for companies that participated in the process of...more

Digital Advertising Alliance Releases Guidance on the Application of Its Self-Regulatory Principles to the Mobile Environment...

On July 24, 2013, the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA), comprised of the largest media and marketing trade associations in the U.S., released new guidance regarding mobile and other devices (Mobile Guidance). The Mobile...more

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