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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

Yelp Seeks Dismissal of Consumer Privacy Lawsuit

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last Tuesday, the federal district court for the Northern District of California held oral arguments on a motion for summary judgment filed by Yelp in a consumer privacy lawsuit involving other prominent technology companies,...more

Privacy Tip #41 – Tape over your laptop camera and microphone

When I train clients’ employees on data privacy and security, I always mention the microphone on smartphones. They are powerful and if you allow apps access to your microphone, they can listen to every one of your...more

Right to Privacy in Disciplinary Proceedings

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

In Garamukanwa v Solent NHS Trust UKEAT/0245/15, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether an employee had a reasonable expectation of privacy in respect of material on his mobile phone during disciplinary...more

Mobile apps under close watch of the Kong Kong Privacy Commissioner

by DLA Piper on

The Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner has taken a keen interest in promoting and ensuring the privacy compliance and security of mobile apps. On 21 April 2016, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (the PCPD)...more

Commission Examines Privacy and Cybersecurity Issues Associated With Emerging Cross-Device Tracking Technology

by WilmerHale on

On Monday, November 16, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a workshop that examined the key privacy and security issues raised by emerging technologies that track users across their various devices, such as smartphones,...more

District Court Rules That Smartphone Passcodes Are Testimonial; Protected by Fifth Amendment

In Securities and Exchange Commission v. Huang, the district court held that the Fifth Amendment protected two former employees against having to disclose their personal passcodes for company-issued smartphones to government...more

CA AG Requires Chief Privacy Officer and Privacy Compliance Program

by BakerHostetler on

California’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris, has required Houzz, a home décor information and e-commerce website and mobile app publisher, to hire a chief privacy officer (CPO), conduct a company-wide privacy assessment, and...more

Weekly Privacy Tip #3 – Know how apps are accessing and using your constant location

Everyone loves their smartphone. Everyone loves the newest app. Angry Birds has lots of company now. But most people don’t know the back end of apps and how they are accessing, using and selling your data. Why? Because no one...more

Intellectual Property and Technology News - Issue 27 Q3 2015

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: How Private is That Connected Car? US v EU Among the fastest growing sectors in the industry of smart things is the connected car. No longer a simple way from point A to point B, cars now...more

No Privacy in Pocket-Dialing

by Burr & Forman on

Most of us are aware of the increased risk of identity theft caused by the exponential growth of digital communications. But have we stopped to consider how the ease of communication we have today has significantly decreased...more

Nomi FTC Settlement Highlights Risks of Publicizing Company Privacy Policies

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

A closely divided Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or the “Commission”) has signaled support for the agency’s recent focus on mobile device privacy. On April 23, 2015, the five-member Commission voted 3-2 to accept a proposed...more

Mobile Privacy Rules to Be Enforced Starting September 1, 2015

All businesses acting in the mobile ecosystem—including app developers, analytics companies, advertising networks, app platform providers, and providers of devices and related services—should be aware that the Digital...more

Digital Advertising Alliance Will Begin Enforcing Its Mobile Privacy Guidance in September

On Thursday, the Digital Advertising Alliance (“DAA”) announced that it will enforce its previously issued “Application of Self-Regulatory Principles to the Mobile Environment” (the “Mobile Guidance”) beginning September 1,...more

Verizon 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report Out

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

If you have never taken a close look at Verizon’s yearly Data Breach Investigations Report, we highly recommend that you do. It just came out, and is once again, a very informative read....more

FTC Continues its Push to Regulate the Collection and Use of Location Information

by Williams Mullen on

Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had settled charges with Nomi Technologies, Inc. regarding its collection and use of information that could be used to track the movements of individuals through...more

FTC Takes Action Against Retail Tracking Start-Up Nomi Technologies

by Mintz Levin on

On Thursday, April 23, the FTC settled deception charges against start-up Nomi Technologies, Inc. related to Nomi’s in-store, sensor-based, tracking technology.1 This is the first FTC enforcement action against emerging...more

FTC Announces Settlement with Retail Tracking Company

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced a proposed settlement with a retail tracking company to resolve charges that the company’s privacy policy misled consumers about their ability to opt out of the company’s...more

Knowing Your Customer a Little Too Well

by Reed Smith on

I hate shopping. I know what I want and I do a surgical strike. In and out; no soldier left behind. But most normal people browse a bit. That’s where Nomi Technologies came into the picture. Nomi’s technology allows...more

FTC Creates New Office Focused on Privacy and Data Security

by Nossaman LLP on

Earlier this week the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced the formation of the Office of Technology Research and Investigation within its Bureau of Consumer Protection. The office will succeed the Mobile Technology...more

Privacy Settings Won’t Keep Social Media Posts Out Of Court

by Snell & Wilmer on

On Jan. 7, 2015, in Nucci v. Target Corp., et al, the District Court of Appeal of the State of Florida, Fourth District, upheld a lower court’s order compelling plaintiff Maria Nucci to produce photographs originally posted...more

Lab Tuesday - How Not to Use Apple’s Identifier for Advertising (IDFA/IFA)

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Recently, the mobile platforms have played an important role in improving end-user privacy. Along these lines, Apple, in or around iOS version 6.0, created a new, unique identifier that could be used in place of the UDID and...more

Is Privacy Dead?

by Conduent on

If the Internet and social media have not already killed privacy, Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT) are likely to finish the job. As 91 percent of American consumers agreed in a recent Pew Research Center survey,...more

2014 Mobile Privacy and Security Trends and What to Look for in 2015

by BakerHostetler on

Most analysts and commentators agree that 2014 was the year mobile reached a tipping point. With over 1 billion mobile smartphones in circulation, 2014 marked the first year that mobile Internet usage surpassed desktop use in...more

OECD Releases Guidance for Digital Consumer Products

by Reed Smith on

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released Consumer Policy Guidance on Intangible Digital Content Products (Guidance) for protecting online consumers of digital content....more

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