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Status Updates - July 2014

..Twitter is rolling out a new type of advertising that reportedly has been very successful for Facebook’s mobile business — mobile-app install ads, which link directly to games and other apps in popular mobile app stores...more

Status Updates - June 2014 #8

..Facebook’s deputy general counsel describes the company’s pushback since last summer against sweeping search warrants issued by a court in New York for private data from no fewer than 381 Facebook users. The company regards...more

Week in Review

Technology's impact on privacy took center stage in news headlines this week. The New York Times and National Public Radio (NPR) both reported on alternative software tools to track employees in the workplace - one tool...more

This Article Will Self-Destruct: Your Employee’s Use of These ESI-Destroying Apps Could Subject You to Sanctions

In This Issue: - Can You Keep a Secret? There’s an App for That - Do Snapchat or Confide Produce “Documents” in the Eyes of the Law? What about Evidence? - Implications on Securities Fraud and Employment Issues...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

Week in Review

Can you imagine receiving just a few work-related emails a day? Click the link below to read about the innovative communication solutions that companies are exploring to try to reduce the biggest distraction for their...more

Round Two for Snapchat: Agreement with the Maryland Attorney General Settling Claims of Consumer Deception and COPPA Violations

Just a little over a month after settling charges of false promises of disappearing user messages (among other things) with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), mobile app developer Snapchat, Inc. (“Snapchat” or “Company”)...more

CFPB Begins Collecting Input On Mobile Financial Services

On June 11, the CFPB released a request for information (RFI) about how consumers are using mobile financial services (MFS) to access products and services, manage finances, and achieve financial goals, with a focus on...more

CFPB Issues a Request for Information Related to Mobile Financial Services

Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) released a request for information (“RFI”) concerning the use of mobile financial services, specifically among unbanked and underbanked consumers. The RFI was...more

“Do You Want to Know a Secret?” The Risks Posed by Anonymous Social Apps

First we had social media platforms, but recently a variety of “anti-social” media platforms have emerged—well, anti-social in a sense. For years, social media platforms have encouraged (or even, in some cases, required) us...more

Week in Review

Move over World Cup. Discipline based on employee social media activities is taking center stage this week. Well, maybe the World Cup has a few more headlines, but you can follow the links below to read four articles from...more

CFPB to seek information on mobile financial services

Today, the CFPB will publish in the Federal Register a “Request for Information Regarding the Use of Mobile Financial Services by Consumers and Its Potential for Improving the Financial Lives of Economically Vulnerable...more

CFPB Launches Inquiry Into Mobile Financial Services

The CFPB has launched an inquiry into the opportunities and challenges associated with the use of mobile financial services. As part of the inquiry, the Bureau is exploring how mobile technologies are impacting unbanked and...more

"The Emergence of Uber, Lyft and Sidecar in North Carolina: An Overview of Key Legal Distinctions Between Digital Dispatch...

By now, most people have at least heard of Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and other modern taxicab alternatives, even if they have not experienced for themselves the innovative services that enable customers to virtually “hail a ride”...more

Connected Health: Capturing Digital Opportunities

Her comment has been echoed by many market participants who have predicted that we are seeing the first wave of large traditional companies leveraging digital platforms and tools to drive growth and innovation. These...more

California Attorney General Provides Guidance for Complying with New Do Not Track Requirements

Kamala Harris, the California Attorney General, recently released guidance for complying with California's new Do Not Track requirements which took effect January 1, 2014....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

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

New CA Privacy Disclosure Requirements Clarified By AG

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

Advertising Law - May 2014

Here Today, Still Here Tomorrow: FTC Settles With Snapchat - Now you see it … and now it’s still there. Mobile messaging app Snapchat went with a catchier slogan, promising consumers that pictures and videos...more

FTC Workshop Addresses New Data Privacy Issues Concerning Consumer Generated Health Data

On May 7, 2014, the FTC hosted the latest seminar in their Spring Privacy Series to address the status of Consumer Generated and Controlled Health Data and relate results of recent FTC studies on the topic. Consumers are...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

Snapchat Settles FTC Charges of Misrepresenting Privacy and Security Features

Snapchat, a mobile app that lets users send photos and videos that self-destruct within ten seconds, settled FTC charges relating to the app's ephemeral message feature and the app's data collection and security features....more

Week in Review - May 2014

Personal wearable technology is all the rage, but can wearable technology also increase employee productivity? A study out this week found that wearable technology in the workplace increases both employee productivity and job...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

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