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FTC Guidelines for Mobile Applications: New Standards for Transparency and Notification Dictate Responsibilities for All Parties...

Mobile applications allow users to direct ill-tempered birds toward the buildings of evil pigs and can operate as a tool to let you know when is the best point in a movie to excuse yourself to the nearest restroom. They are...more

Two California Privacy Bills Introduced

California Assemblyman Isadore Hall introduced Assembly Bill 257 which addresses mobile privacy. The bill would codify many of the best practices proposed by the California Attorney General in her report titled “Privacy on...more

California Does It Again! - Recommends Best Practices for the Mobile App Industry

In last month’s Technology Advisory, I described recent actions of the California Attorney General designed to improve privacy protections for users of mobile applications. This included an agreement the California Attorney...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - January 11, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - MISCELLANY - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY -...more

Recent Privacy Developments: California AG Continues to Lead on Mobile with New Recommendations and FTC Amends COPPA

Nearly all businesses today are involved in some way in the development or distribution of mobile applications. The first part of this Client Alert highlights recent activities of the California State Attorney General to...more

Privacy-on-the-Go: California Attorney General and Major Mobile Application Platforms Agree to Privacy Principles for Mobile...

Application developers have been put on notice by the State of California. It is time to pay attention to user privacy and collection of information from user devices. In an effort led by the office of California...more

California’s Attorney General Releases Privacy Recommendations for Mobile Apps

California’s Attorney General released, on January 10, 2013, a lengthy set of recommended privacy practices aimed at app developers, app platform providers, mobile ad networks, operating system developers, and mobile...more

#3 in our 2013 Issues Series: Privacy of Mobile Applications

As we continue our “new year, new look” series into important privacy issues for 2013, we boldly predict...more

Privacy Resolutions for Mobile App Providers in the New Year

The end of 2012 saw a flurry of activity in the area of privacy enforcement. In July, Kamala Harris, the Attorney General of California, announced the formation of California's own state agency to investigate and enforce the...more

Advertising Law -- Jan 02, 2013

In This Issue: Does a Virtual Pet Site Violate COPPA?; Legislative Updates: Geolocation bill and VPPA Updates Advance, ECPA Update Stalls; Dunkin’s “Best Coffee” Slogan Can’t Be Trademarked; Takeoff: First California...more

Increasing Scrutiny of Consumer Data Collection

Recent FTC and California Attorney General actions highlight the need to reassess privacy policies. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently ordered the data brokerage industry to provide information on the collection...more

Private Eyes Are Watching You – California Files Its First Internet Consumer Privacy Enforcement Action

Last month, the State of California filed its first enforcement action under its privacy laws against Delta Air Lines, seeking potentially millions of dollars in fines. Under California’s consumer privacy law, all parties...more

Privacy Policies Now a Must for Mobile Apps

California has long been a leader in privacy legislation. That position was strengthened recently when the California Attorney General filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against a company for its failure to include a privacy...more

Mobile Apps Face Heightened Privacy Enforcement: Policies and Practices Scrutinized

Mobile app developers faced new scrutiny at state and federal levels this December, with app makers removing apps and taking action to respond. On December 6, 2012, California Attorney General Kamala Harris filed suit against...more

California AG Files First Suit for Alleged Mobile App Privacy Policy Violations

After serving notice that mobile app companies must comply with California's online privacy statute, last week Attorney General Kamala Harris filed the first of what is likely to be many suits against companies that develop,...more

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

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

Is Your Company's Mobile App Violating CalOPPA?

On December 6, 2012, the California attorney general filed suit against Delta Airlines for failing to provide mobile application users with adequate notice of its privacy practices. According to the complaint, the "Fly...more

California AG Files First Mobile Application Privacy Suit

On December 6, California Attorney General Kamala Harris (AG) announced an enforcement action against Delta Airlines for allegedly failing to comply with the state’s Online Privacy Protection Act. This is the first action...more

California Attorney General Brings Privacy Law Enforcement Action Against Delta Air Lines Over "Fly Delta" Mobile Application

Long-known as an ardent protector of individual privacy rights, California brought its first legal enforcement action under state privacy laws on December 6, 2012, when state Attorney General Kamala D. Harris filed suit...more

Privacy Litigation Alert: First Lawsuit Filed Under California's Online Privacy Protection Act

The People of the State of California v. Delta Air Lines Inc., No. 12-526741 (Superior Court for the State of California, City and County of San Francisco filed Dec. 6, 2012). On Thursday, December 6, 2012, California...more

Delta's Mobile Application's "Wings Clipped"

A powerful reminder to the business community that it must take mobile application (“App”) privacy seriously was provided by California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris in the form a complaint filed against Delta Airlines,...more

“Fly Delta” May Get Grounded by California Attorney General

Delta Airlines, Inc. may have to pay fines equal to 20 “excess bag” fees for each user that has downloaded its “Fly Delta” mobile application. California Attorney General Kamala Harris has filed a complaint against Delta,...more

California Attorney General Flexes Muscle on Mobile Privacy: AG Sues Delta for Lack of Privacy Policy on Mobile Application

Yesterday, California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris filed the state’s first suit under California’s Online Privacy Protection Act. The lawsuit, against Delta Air Lines, followed the Attorney General’s warning letters to...more

California AG to Begin Enforcing Privacy Law Against App Developers - $2500-per-Download Fines

Mobile app developers must now conspicuously post and follow privacy policies just like websites and other commercial online services according to California Attorney General Kamala Harris. On October 30, the Attorney...more

California AG to Mobile App Developers: Post a Valid Privacy Policy

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has begun formally notifying scores of mobile application developers and companies that they do not comply with California privacy law. These notices give these businesses 30 days...more

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