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OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Jan. 27th, 2017

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending January 27, 2017 is below. Not a lot of news to report this week; surprisingly little came out of this past week’s Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in...more

Disclose and Follow Standards for Collection and Sharing of Customers’ Online Behavioral Data

Many retailers engage in behavioral advertising, which refers to the use of information to predict the types of products or services of greatest interest to a particular consumer. Online behavioral advertising takes two...more

Keyword Advertising Decision Reversed on Appeal

In August 2015 we reported on the decision of the British Columbia Supreme Court (“BCSC”) in Vancouver Community College v Vancouver Career College (Burnaby) Inc, 2015 BCSC 1470. That decision was notable in Canadian...more

Mississippi AG Sues Google for Collection of Student Data

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood filed a Complaint against Google last week for alleged violations of the state’s Consumer Protection Act for its collection and use of students’ personal information and search history....more

CFPB Enters Consent Order with Seattle-Based Payday Lender

On December 16, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it entered into a consent order relating to a Seattle-based payday lender and check-cashing company’s allegedly deceptive online...more

Guidelines for Online Behavioral Advertising

Behavioral advertising refers to the use of information to predict the types of products or services of greatest interest to a particular consumer. Online behavioral advertising takes two forms. “First party” behavioral...more

CFPB enters into consent order with lender to settle claims alleging deceptive advertising and collection letters, unauthorized...

The CFPB announced that it has entered into a consent order with Moneytree, Inc. to settle allegations that the company engaged in deceptive advertising, sent consumers deceptive collection letters, and did not obtain written...more

Policing Internet Privacy: FCC’s New Frontier

Unwilling to be left behind by the likes of Google and Facebook, Internet Service Providers are increasingly exploring how they may capitalize on the high-value targeted advertising market. In November 2016, AT&T explained...more

Privacy Tip #61 – Beware of Fake Apps that are Gearing Up for the Holiday Season

The New York Times reported last week that “hundreds of fake retail and product apps have popped up in Apple’s App Store in recent weeks”—just in time to deceive holiday shoppers....more

FTC Settles With Sales Lead Generators For $100,000

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) settled a claim against the Consumer Education Group for $100,000 regarding alleged violations of the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (“TSR”) and Section 5(a) of the FTC Act. The...more

Google Makes Ad-Tracking Change in its Privacy Policy

In 2007, Google bought online ad network DoubleClick, which uses cookies to collect and store data about Google users from their browsing history, to best place clients’ ads. This past June, Google revised its privacy policy...more

Trick Or Treat: Cookies And Consumer Privacy In Online Advertising

The proliferation of online goods and services means consumer data is available to those with a need or interest in possessing it. One method providers and third party partners employ to collect online consumer data is the...more

Regulators and Industry Thought Leaders Discuss Issues in Social Media Advertising - Highlights from "The FTC, Native Advertising...

Holland & Knight and the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) on Sept. 21, 2016, held an informative, half-day seminar featuring presentations and a panel discussion of trends and forefront regulatory compliance issues...more

Attorneys Cannot Sue Avvo for Unauthorized Profiles According to Illinois Federal Court

An Illinois federal judge dismissed a proposed class action of lawyers whose business information was published by the online attorney database Avvo without their permission. The lead plaintiff, a Chicago-based personal...more

State Enforcement of COPPA, Federal Online Advertising Law

On September 13, 2016, the New York Attorney General announced settlements with four major US toy and media companies regarding their use of online tracking of children who use their websites. Viacom, Inc. (Nickelodeon),...more

FTC Complaint Counsels Caution When Settling Disputes With Competitors

The Federal Trade Commission recently sued 1-800 Contacts, Inc., the largest contact lens retailer in the United States, charging it with restraining competition in violation of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act,...more

Can Using Social Media Lead to a Lawsuit? (Part 2)

In part 1 of this blog series, I discussed the potential legal implications of social media as it pertains to defamation, privacy rights, and ownership rights. As we pick back up with our discussion, I want to address the...more

Edible Arrangements’ Trademark Case Bears Fruit

In a recent decision, Judge Vanessa L. Bryant shed some light on a significant new issue: trademark infringement in the world of internet keyword advertising. In a case with important implications for online marketing...more

New Regulation Impacts Internet Advertising in the People's Republic of China (IRB No. 557)

On July 4, 2016, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce of the People's Republic of China (“SAIC”) issued the Interim Measures for the Administration of Internet Advertising (“Measures”), which will take effect on...more

Stricter PRC online advertising regulation in response to search scandal

The China State Administration of Industry and Commerce recently issued the Online Advertising Regulation (Regulation) which will come into force on September 1, 2016. The Regulation has been widely regarded as the response...more

The FTC Has Not Yet Begun To Fine - InMobi’s Million Dollar Settlement and Online Analytics in an Age of COPPA

In June 2016, India-based online advertising behemoth InMobi Ltd. agreed to pay a $ 950,000 fine to resolve Federal Trade Commission (FTC) allegations that its data collection practices violated the Children’s Online Privacy...more

Blog: Building, Marketing and Maintaining Your Brand in the UK

Building, marketing and maintaining a strong brand is fundamental to ensuring the success of a new company. Not only will a strong brand confer a competitive advantage through encouraging brand loyalty, but it will have...more

China Tightens Regulations on Online Advertisements

On July 4, 2016, China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce (“SAIC”) issued the Interim Measures for the Administration of Internet Advertising (“the Interim Measures”), which will take effect on Sept. 1, 2016....more

High Speed Hiring: The Importance of Anti-Discrimination Practices in Online Employment Advertising

There are currently more than 1 billion websites accessible to the world by just the click of a mouse or the swipe of a phone screen. The Internet has become a major part of more than 3 billion active users everyday lives,...more

The FTC Social Media Consent Order Against SmartClick: Injunctive Relief and Monetary Judgment For Doctor Certification Program...

The FTC continues its efforts to combat deceptive social media advertising. Recently, the FTC brought an enforcement action against SmartClick Media LLC and its owner. The FTC alleged that SmartClick engaged in the following...more

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