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DOJ and FTC’s Cybersecurity Policy Statement Should Ease Antitrust Nerves

Several recent and well-publicized cyberattacks have increased the visibility of their threat to businesses’ private financial information and customers’ personal information. The increased attention has also led companies...more

Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 4 - July 2014

In This Issue: - European Court of Justice Strengthens the Right to Be Forgotten - California AG Offers Best Practices for Do Not Track Disclosures; Crucial Compliance Questions Left Unanswered - Snap...more

U.S. Steps Up Efforts to Make “Safe Harbor Safe Again” – FTC, Justice Department Work to Keep EU Happy and Avoid Pull Back from...

Within the span of two days, both the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Department of Justice announced initiatives meant to assuage the European Union’s concerns over trans-Atlantic data flows and to secure...more

“Getting to Know You, Getting to Know All About You…” FTC Data Brokers Report Calls for More Industry Transparency, Regulation in...

“You may not know them, but data brokers know you,” Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said when she announced the release of the Commission’s newest report on the data broker industry. And in the FTC’s...more

Risk of Data Breaches Keeping You Up? Assess Data Security Before The Holiday Season

Data security breaches marred the 2013 holiday season for many consumers and retailers. The most famous security breach, at Target Corporation (Target), involved the loss of information on 40 million payment cards and...more

FTC Calls for Action on Big Data

Following an 18-month investigation into the practices and operations of data brokers, the Federal Trade Commission has issued a voluminous report calling for legislation to regulate the industry in the interests of consumer...more

California Attorney General Issues Guidance on Do Not Track

In 2013, the California Legislature passed a tracking transparency bill, AB 370, which amended the California Online Privacy Protection Act (“CalOPPA”). AB 370 requires commercial website operators to inform users of how they...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

How Significant is the Wyndham Case to the US Cybersecurity Legal Landscape?

The security community has been abuzz this week with the US. District Court of New Jersey's April 7 ruling in Federal Trade Commission v. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, et al. Wyndham had asserted in a motion to dismiss that...more

How Much Are You Willing To Pay For Privacy?

How much are you willing to pay for personal privacy? 50% off a McDonald’s hamburger? 20% off groceries? Participation in the $1 Billion NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge?...more

Congress Steps Up its Scrutiny of Data Brokers

In keeping with Congress’s heightened focus on privacy practices in the data broker industry, Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced a bill that would require increased transparency and...more

Failure To Protect Data May Be an Unfair Business Practice

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced settlement of charges against Accretive Health, Inc. The FTC had alleged that Accretive engaged in an unfair business practice when it failed "to employ reasonable and...more

FTC Continues Aggressive FCRA Enforcement against Data Brokers

The Federal Trade Commission continues to aggressively enforce the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) against data brokers, as shown by its recent settlement with TeleCheck Services, Inc. The settlement requires TeleCheck to...more

FTC and Accretive Health Settle Unfair Business Practice Complaint Centered on Data Security Measures

Accretive Health recently agreed to settle a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaint that stems from a July, 2011 incident in which an Accretive employee’s laptop was stolen from his car. As a medical billing and revenue...more

FTC Clamps Down on EU Safe Harbor Compliance: If Your Company Says It Is Certified, Keep Your Certification Current

Once again using its administrative litigation process, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced settlements with twelve large businesses, including the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos football teams, the Baker Tilly...more

Renewed Congressional Interest in Federal Data Security and Breach Notification Legislation

In light of recent, well-publicized, data security breaches at major retailers and social media company Snapchat, legislators are renewing the call for new federal laws that would strengthen data security and notification...more

Careful! Your Company May Be a Defacto Data Broker: Are Privacy Regulators Going for Broke(rs) as part of the 2014 Legislative and...

Concerns about privacy practices in the data broker industry, and the privacy implications about the lack of transparency “behind-the-scenes,” will remain a topic of intense regulatory and legislative focus in 2014. The...more

If at First You Don't Succeed... FTC Approves Second Candidate's New COPPA Verifiable Consent Method

The Federal Trade Commission announced that it has approved a new method for companies to obtain parents’ verifiable consent for online collection and use of children’s personal information under the Children’s Online Privacy...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - December 2013

In This Issue: - European Commission Proposes Changes to the US-EU Safe Harbor: In our November Privacy & Cybersecurity Update,1 we reported that the European Commission was undertaking a review of the U.S.-EU...more

On the Seventh Day of Privacy, the FTC Gave to Me….

Significant compliance obligations with children’s privacy rules! Last December, the FTC gave to us the long awaited (or maybe not so much by covered entities!) final amendments to the 14-year old Children’s Online...more

On the Fourth Day of Privacy, the Internet gave to me….

Web cameras, burglar alarms, fitness monitors, smartphones, and a host of other internet connected devices all have the potential to invade privacy by collecting and sharing personal information. Yet in many cases, the...more

Mobile Apps Remain Regulatory Focus as FTC Enforces Data Privacy of Popular Program

The provider of the immensely popular “Brightest Flashlight Free” mobile app for Android reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges that it collected sensitive personal information, including...more

Advertising Law -- Nov 27, 2013

FTC Shoots Down COPPA Compliance Request Based on Social Networking - The Federal Trade Commission has denied an application from AssertID seeking the agency's approval of a proposed method of verifiable parental...more

The Download - November 2013

In this issue: - Senator Markey and Representative Barton Reintroduce Do Not Track Kids Act - House Bipartisan Working Group Continues Discussion on Privacy - Federal Trade Commission Holds Workshop on...more

Global Food, Drug and Medical Device Newsletter

In this issue: Legislative Updates: - (i) USA - (ii) EU - (iii) China - (iv) Australia - (v) Japan. - Featured Articles: - (i) Caffeinated Energy Drinks - a Global Perspective - (ii)...more

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