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“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

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

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

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

Snap Judgment: FTC Alleges Snapchat Did Not Keep Its Privacy and Security Promises, But Suggests Broad New Duty in the Process

Snapchat’s recent settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) generally provides a comprehensive but not groundbreaking roadmap to the FTC’s privacy and data security expectations in the mobile environment under...more

BYOD is Here: 9 Features Your BYOD Policy and Compliance Training Courses Should Include

I read a great blog by Tricia Meyer of Meyer Law, on how crucial it is to prepare your business for the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement. Surely you’ve heard about this; I even heard a story about BYOD on NPR a few...more

Eight Key Takeaways from FTC's Settlement with Snapchat

Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with Snapchat, the young mobile messaging company. The complaint alleges misrepresentations about functionality and related security as well as privacy...more

Advertising Law

NAD Decision Offers Reminder About Use of Before and After Pictures - “Before” and “after” photos can provide powerful imagery for advertisers. But a recent decision from the National Advertising Division emphasizes...more

Hospitalitas Newsletter - Spring 2014

In This Issue: - Your Grandmother Doesn’t Work for Free: Volunteer and Intern Positions Under Closer Scrutiny - Excessive Celebration – Penalty Declined - Four Crisis Management Lessons from the...more

Week in Review

Are you working in your pajamas right now? Or from the beach? If so, you may be one of the many Americans who telecommute. This week, a Forbes article discussed the rise of telecommuting, the reasons telecommuting is becoming...more

FCC Reinforces that Those Who Knowingly Release Cell Numbers Grant Permission to be Called Under the TCPA--But Companies May Still...

We recently reported on two FCC declaratory rulings interpreting the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), in the context of social-network text messages and package-delivery calls, that included broad, business-friendly...more

EU High Court Strikes Down Data Retention Law

On April 8, 2014, the highest court in the European Union invalidated an EU law that required telephone and electronic communications providers to retain user data for up to two years....more

TCPA Litigation Explosion Leads to Rule Clarifications

Congress enacted the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) to protect consumers from unwanted telemarketing, fax marketing, and prerecorded/auto-dialed phone calls. Recently, there has been an explosion in TCPA...more

FTC Sends Message: Make Your Mobile App Secure

Mobile payments have become so commonplace that consumers rarely stop to think about whether their online payment is secure. Mobile app developers can fall into a similar trap of assuming that the necessary security measures...more

Advertising Law - Mar 07, 2014

Site Allows Consumers to Stop Mobile Tracking - Don’t want to be tracked by retail stores while physically shopping? There’s a site for that. Retailers use tracking information to collect data about how shoppers...more

The newest mobile privacy issue: Tracking shoppers’ footsteps in stores

In our electronic-device age, new data privacy issues seem to pop up every day. Did you know that you were being tracked as you walked through a retail store?...more

Privacy Monday – October 21, 2013

Privacy tidbits and bytes for this Monday – App Developers – Put this on your calendar! Now that the US government shutdown is over, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced its participation in a workshop...more

Advertising Law -- Aug 08, 2013

Mattress Claims Run Afoul of Green Guides - The Federal Trade Commission, applying the Green Guides to the advertising of three different mattress manufacturers, stated that the companies slept on the requirements for...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

DAA Releases Mobile Privacy Guidelines

The Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA), a self-regulatory group comprised of advertising and media companies, released mobile privacy guidelines which supplement the DAA's Self-Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral...more

Google Glass Sounds Exciting — But What About Privacy?

Beta testing is underway for Google Glass, a new technology that provides the functionality of a smartphone in a headset worn like glasses. Much like a smartphone, the Glass headset is able to exchange messages with other...more

FTC Releases Agenda For Mobile Security Forum

On May 24, the FTC released the agenda for its June 4, 2013 forum on mobile security issues. ...more

Mobile App Series: Privacy by Design [Video]

Fenwick & West's Tyler Newby discusses the Federal Trade Commission's concept of Privacy by Design....more

Unique Privacy Concerns for Mobile Apps [Video]

With the rise of BaaS (or Backend as a service) platforms, it is easier than ever to create a mobile app on the fly. But Fenwick privacy co-chair Tyler Newby advises that companies should be aware of some important privacy...more

Beyond Privacy Policies: Practical Privacy For Web Sites And Mobile Apps

In this environment of growing attention to the risks of data security breaches, and in the midst of an explosion of mobile applications that make data storage an increasingly far-flung proposition, many organizations assume...more

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