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Uber-Complicated: Insurance Gaps for Rideshare Vehicles Can Create Uncertainty for Passengers and Drivers

Many of us have come to enjoy the convenience of summoning a ride via our Smartphones with a rideshare service company such as Uber, Lyft, or Sidecar. However, significant issues exist over whether rideshare vehicles have...more

It’s all fun and games until someone gets hit with a hefty FTC fine

Two developers of mobile apps for children recently learned an expensive lesson about their legal responsibilities when it comes to protecting children’s privacy. Together, the companies will pay a total of $360,000 in...more

Launching a Mobile App in Europe? Seven Things to Consider When Drafting the Terms & Conditions

The mobile app has become the new face of business. It’s no longer sufficient to have a company website. More and more companies want a mobile app that users can download to their smartphones and easily access. It’s not...more

Uber Lives to Fight Another Day

On 20 January 2016, in what Uber termed as “a victory for common sense” , Transport for London (“TFL”) surrendered to its critics and abandoned the majority of the proposed measures it put forth in its September 2015...more

China’s MIIT Issues Long-Awaited New Telecoms Catalogue

More than twelve years after the promulgation in 2003 of the Catalogue of Telecommunications Services; the “2003 Catalogue”) China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT”) finally promulgated the amended...more

Burr Alert: The Board is Going to do What? A Look at the National Labor Relations Board: Could 2016 Bring Even More Change?

The National Labor Relations Board ("the Board") had quite an eventful year in 2015. Just think, the Board has recently broken decades-old precedent in five different ways: 1) On December 11, 2014, the Board decided...more

China Makes Updates to Catalog of Telecommunication Business

On Dec. 28, 2015, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China (“MIIT”) issued the Catalog of Telecommunication Business (2015 Edition) (the “2015 Edition”), which will take effect on...more

Infrastructure Deals Dominate Digital Health Investment in 2015

Among its list of defining quotes of 2015, Rock Health included one from a physician who was frustrated with the fact that, as she put it, “In my hospital there are 19 software systems across departments – few of which...more

Our List of Lists

January is the month when lists—lists of predictions, lists of trends, lists of feats and lists of failures—pervade social media newsfeeds and publications’ headlines. Here at Socially Aware we’re making an annual tradition...more

Website and Mobile App Accessibility: The DOJ Kicks the Can

As experienced retail attorneys, we bring decades of first-hand knowledge dealing with the business and legal issues facing retailers, e-tailers, landlords, owners, developers and prospective purchasers, restaurateurs, and...more

Serious Games Require Serious Attention to Marketing Statements

Lumos Labs recently paid $2 million to the FTC to settle claims that it deceived consumers about its brain training application’s ability to increase cognitive function. According to the FTC, the company alleged that its...more

CMA criticises TFL’s proposed new regulations for private hire vehicle companies

Earlier this month, the UK’s competition watchdog, the Competitions and Markets Authority (“CMA“), criticised Transport for London’s (“TFL“) proposed new rules for private hire vehicle companies, which would impose...more

Don’t Tip Just Yet: Uber Taxi Class Gets Limited Certification

A federal judge in San Francisco recently certified a limited class in a lawsuit against Uber under the California Unfair Competition Law (UCL) and the California Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA). The plaintiff sought to...more

Two mobile app developers collect persistent identifiers and pay out $360,000 in fines for COPPA violations

LAI Systems, LLC (LAI) and Retro Dreamer agreed to pay civil penalties of a combined $360,000 to settle charges issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that they violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act...more

FTC Takes Action against App Developers on COPPA Allegations Involving Persistent Identifiers

The FTC has announced enforcement actions against two app developers that allegedly violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by using persistent identifiers to serve advertising to children. The...more

The FTC Won’t Let Them Be: Enforcement Action Brought Against App Developers for Violation of Children’s Privacy Law Presents New...

In a recent show of force—which some believe is the tip of the iceberg—the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) brought an enforcement action against two mobile application (app) developers for violating the Children’s Online...more

Navigating Privacy 'Must Haves' and 'Should Haves' in the Mobile App Environment

On November 30, WilmerHale addressed key privacy issues in the mobile app environment as part of the firm's Cybersecurity, Privacy and Communications Practice Webinar Series. We discussed how to navigate the quickly...more

App Developers Settle COPPA Violations Relating to Third-Party Ad Network Practices

This week, the FTC announced settlements with two mobile app developers – LAI Systems, LLC and Retro Dreamer (including two of its principals) – concerning allegations that their apps collected childrens’ personal information...more

Mobile Apps Like Uber and Airbnb Raise Novel ADA Title III Issues

Last week, Buzzfeed reported that the United Spinal Association opposed Uber’s CEO’s nomination for Time Magazine’s Man of the Year award because Uber cars are allegedly not wheelchair accessible. This controversy raises an...more

Infrastructure Investments Rule in Q3

Our analysis of digital health investment in the third quarter of 2015 revealed that just under $3 billion was invested in the sector and more than half of that went to infrastructure providers....more

FDA Approves First App-Based Pacemaker Monitor

Medtronic, a medical device manufacturer based in Dublin, Ireland, recently announced FDA approval and U.S. commercial launch of its MyCareLink Smart Monitor, the first app-based remote monitoring system for implantable...more

DOJ Proceeding Delay Sets Stage for More Litigation on Website Accessibility

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has once again postponed its proceeding to amend regulations that would spell out the obligations of retailers, hotels, restaurants, places of entertainment and other public-facing businesses...more

VTech discloses cyberattack exposing 5 million parents and kids’ personal information

VTech, an electronic toy maker, disclosed on November 30, 2015 that it experienced a cyber-attack on its Learning Lodge app store portal on November 14, 2015, that accessed and stole the personal information of 5 million...more

The Year of Pokémon: the Potential & Pitfalls of AR Gaming

In 2016, Niantic will blur the lines between our world and the world of Pokémon with the release of Pokémon GO, its upcoming augmented reality game for mobile phones, which will allow fans to see and interact with Pokémon in...more

Infographic: Social Media Marketing

We’re happy to publish our latest infographic, which highlights key social media marketing trends for both B2B and B2C companies. Among other things, the infographic points out that, although companies continue to increase...more

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