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Not A Minor Issue! FTC Updates COPPA Compliance Plan

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updated its guidance for businesses on complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA) . If a website operator or operator of online services collects...more

Advertising Law - June 2017 #4

Website, Mobile App Get Changes Thanks to CARU - A new decision from the Children’s Advertising Review Unit demonstrates the self-regulatory body’s efforts to work with a mobile application and website operator to ensure...more

Health Update - June 2017

HIPAA and Emerging Technologies - Editor’s Note: According to a HIMSS Mobile Technology Survey of healthcare provider employees, about 90% say they are using mobile devices to engage patients in their healthcare—and 36%...more

Messaging Apps May Face New Obligations in Russia

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The State Duma, Russia’s lower chamber of Parliament, has adopted amendments to the Federal Law on Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection of the Russian Federation (the Law) in its first reading....more

Can And Should I Patent My Idea For An App?

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

Background- Last week, I had a welcome break in my patent law practice. A client told me about his idea for a mobile app – an application that runs on a mobile device (e.g., a smartphone or IPad). Apps are potentially big...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: June 2017 #3

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the EEOC held a public meeting at which experts advised that age discrimination and bias against older workers...more

Consumer Protection Class Action Lawsuit Over “Free” Candy Crush Plays Will Proceed

by Reed Smith on

A class action lawsuit against the developer of Candy Crush will continue in Illinois federal court. According to the complaint, Candy Crush, a popular mobile game, entices users into sharing the game with Facebook friends in...more

Advertising Law - June 2017 #2

BART’s App Crashes Into Privacy Suit - San Francisco’s mass transit organization crashed into a class action in which the plaintiff alleged that its mobile app has been illegally collecting personal information from users....more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - June 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), has released a risk management reporting framework intended to "establish a common, underlying language for Cybersecurity risk management reporting — almost akin to US GAAP or IFRS...more

There's an App for That: Franchisors Fight Slumping Sales, Millenials

by Lewitt Hackman on

How has the gourmet burger gone awry? According to Fox, the better burger business dropped five percent in foot traffic at quick-serve restaurants last year, primarily because consumers are opting to “DIY” their food at home....more

Mobile Apps: Key Privacy, Security and Data Collection Considerations

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Over the past three years, mobile application usage in the U.S. has increased by 111%, and over 50% of digital media consumption in the U.S. is now through mobile apps. As consumer use of mobile apps continues to rise, the...more

Privacy Tip #91 – Teen App Wishbone Compromised—Female Teenagers at Risk

Social networking app Wishbone, which is used primarily by teenage girls to vote on various teenage type quizzes, like favorite entertainers or fashion, has been hacked....more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - May 2017

In this edition of our Privacy and Cybersecurity Update, we take a look at the Trump administration's executive order outlining its cybersecurity plans, Acting FTC Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen's comments on the possible...more

Gather App Hit with TCPA Class Action Suit

Gather, a free app designed to allow users to create event invitations and send them to their contacts has been hit with a proposed TCPA class action suit. The named plaintiff alleges that Gather tricks users into giving...more

San Francisco’s Mass Transit Agency Accused of Illegally Collecting and Transmitting Smart Phone Data Through Security App

by Reed Smith on

San Francisco’s public transportation agency and the creator of the agency’s suspicious activity reporting smart phone application have been accused of illegally collecting, tracking, and storing users’ personal information...more

Obtaining Counsel from a Mobile App Attorney Is a Must

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Mobile App Attorneys Provide Necessary Guidance for Your Mobile App Business - Mobile applications, or “apps,” are becoming an indispensable tool for a wide range of businesses, from brick-and-mortar entities, to strictly...more

New Ruling Makes a Splash -- Fees to Use a Bathroom are not Subject to Sales Tax

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

A new advisory opinion issued by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance should make all New York taxpayers flushed with pride – access to toilets is not subject to tax. The case involved a new software...more

From Greyball to Snowball: Uber’s Latest Travails, and How Multiple Investigations of Misconduct May Imperil the Attorney-Client...

It emerged on May 5 that the Department of Justice opened an investigation into Uber’s use of software called “Greyball” that concealed the ride-sharing company’s operations from regulators in cities and countries that did...more

Privacy Perils: What Third Party Apps Have Access to Your Data?

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Whether it was for a one-time use, or repeated access, many of us have provided an email address to a website or application, only to find our inbox then flooded with emails. If you are not using the app or website, there is...more

HHS to Launch Cybersecurity Center

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will soon launch a healthcare focused cybersecurity initiative modeled on the Homeland Security Department’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center...more

Privacy TIp #86 - Android Users Vulnerable to Malware through Apps

University of Michigan researchers have discovered that hundreds of applications in Google Play turn Android phones into a server that allow the user to connect the phone directly to a PC and leave open insecure ports...more

Litigation Alert: Eleventh Circuit Expands Standing to Bring Video Privacy Protection Act Actions But Also Limits Their Scope

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held that allegations that personally identifiable information was disclosed without consent in violation of the Video Privacy Protection Act were sufficient to...more

Class Action Initiated Against Telehealth Provider for Disclosure of Sensitive Information

A class action was filed in Fort Lauderdale, Florida this week against a national telehealth provider, MDLive Inc. (MDLive) for its mobile app’s alleged secret capture of screenshots containing sensitive patient information...more

Website/App Provider in Hot Water for Ambiguous Privacy Policy

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last week, Unrollme Inc.’s (“Unroll.me”) privacy policy came under fire from consumers and privacy advocates in response to news that Unroll.me collects and sells data associated with user email messages....more

Mobile targeting: A ‘secret weapon’ for good or ill?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

It’s an advertiser’s dream — the ability to target customers through their mobile devices, right to down to where they are and what they are doing. But can such precisely targeted messages become a recipient’s nightmare?...more

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