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Guide to Compliance with the Amended COPPA Rule

What Is COPPA? •Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, enacted by Congress in 1998 •Congress directed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, to issue and enforce regulations...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - May 17, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY - Excerpt from...more

FTC Guidelines for Mobile Applications: New Standards for Transparency and Notification Dictate Responsibilities for All Parties...

Mobile applications allow users to direct ill-tempered birds toward the buildings of evil pigs and can operate as a tool to let you know when is the best point in a movie to excuse yourself to the nearest restroom. They are...more

Two California Privacy Bills Introduced

California Assemblyman Isadore Hall introduced Assembly Bill 257 which addresses mobile privacy. The bill would codify many of the best practices proposed by the California Attorney General in her report titled “Privacy on...more

FTC Announces Mobile Privacy Enforcement Action, Issues Mobile Privacy Staff Report

On February 1, the FTC announced that it is requiring a social networking application company to pay $800,000 and make certain compliance enhancements to resolve allegations that the firm (i) misled and deceived users by...more

FTC Updates To Online Privacy Acts, COPPA And VPPA

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) was enacted to place parents in control over what information is collected, used and disclosed from young children online. COPPA applies to operators of commercial...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update -- Volume 4, Issue 1 -- January/February 2013

In this issue of Socially Aware, our Burton Award-winning guide to the law and business of social media, we explore the challenges that arise when employers and employees battle over work-related social media accounts; we...more

FTC Path Settlement - Text Copy of Chairman's Remarks

Full text copy of Federal Trade Commission Jon Leibowitz’s remarks on the agency’s $800,000 settlement with social networking app Path for deceiving users by collecting personal information without authorization, and by...more

Recent Privacy Developments: California AG Continues to Lead on Mobile with New Recommendations and FTC Amends COPPA

Nearly all businesses today are involved in some way in the development or distribution of mobile applications. The first part of this Client Alert highlights recent activities of the California State Attorney General to...more

#3 in our 2013 Issues Series: Privacy of Mobile Applications

As we continue our “new year, new look” series into important privacy issues for 2013, we boldly predict...more

FTC Amends COPPA Rule and Previews Future Enforcement Policies

On December 19, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") adopted the first amendments to the Rule promulgated under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (hereinafter, "COPPA" for the Act, and "COPPA Rule" for the...more

FTC Issues its Revised COPPA Rule

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has announced its amended Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) Rule, which becomes effective July 1, 2013....more

Privacy Resolutions for Mobile App Providers in the New Year

The end of 2012 saw a flurry of activity in the area of privacy enforcement. In July, Kamala Harris, the Attorney General of California, announced the formation of California's own state agency to investigate and enforce the...more

Advertising Law -- Jan 02, 2013

In This Issue: Does a Virtual Pet Site Violate COPPA?; Legislative Updates: Geolocation bill and VPPA Updates Advance, ECPA Update Stalls; Dunkin’s “Best Coffee” Slogan Can’t Be Trademarked; Takeoff: First California...more

Increasing Scrutiny of Consumer Data Collection

Recent FTC and California Attorney General actions highlight the need to reassess privacy policies. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently ordered the data brokerage industry to provide information on the collection...more

Are You In Compliance?

Online Privacy Policies for Websites and Mobile Apps - If your company’s website collects personal information from California residents, a California privacy protection law requires you to post a privacy policy on your...more

Mobile Apps Face Heightened Privacy Enforcement: Policies and Practices Scrutinized

Mobile app developers faced new scrutiny at state and federal levels this December, with app makers removing apps and taking action to respond. On December 6, 2012, California Attorney General Kamala Harris filed suit against...more

"Privacy Update: FTC Strengthens Online Child Privacy Regulations"

After two years of proposals, discussions and comments, the Federal Trade Commission approved final amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (the “COPPA Rule” or “Rule”)1 on December 19, 2012. These...more

FTC Announces Investigations of Kids App Providers and California’s AG Sues Delta over Fly Delta App’s Privacy Practices

Two recent developments should have all app providers reviewing their privacy practices and policies. On Monday, December 10, the Federal Trade Commission released its latest report on privacy disclosures and kids apps....more

MySpace Settles FTC Privacy-Related Charges

The social network site, Myspace, agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that it misrepresented its protection of users' personal information. See In re Myspace LLC, FTC File No. 102 3058 (proposed settlement...more

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