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EPIC Recommends Privacy Standards For Automated Vehicles

On November 23, 2016, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) issued a 17-page comment document to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) to highlight the privacy risks of automated vehicles...more

Friend (or Foe) Requests: Using Social Media In Employment Litigation

Seyfarth Synopsis: Social media is a potential goldmine of information when it comes to defending against employment lawsuits—pictures, status updates, location markers, “likes,” groups, and associated friends, all from the...more

Hints of a Narrowing of the FTC’s Section 5 Authority Under a Trump Presidency

The transition of power from President Barack Obama to President-Elect Donald Trump is underway. Although President-Elect Trump did not lay out specific policy prescriptions about data privacy or consumer protection during...more

FCC Approves New Privacy Rules for Broadband Providers

On October 27, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new rules for internet service providers' (ISPs) use and sharing of customer data. By a 3-to-2 vote, the FCC passed regulations requiring broadband...more

Advertising Law - November 2016 #3

Will Green Guides Address Organic? FTC/USDA Roundtable Report - On October 20, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture co-hosted a roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C., entitled...more

You Just Used My Picture Without Permission?

Artist Richard Prince’s exhibit entitled “New Portraits’’ was displayed at New York City’s Gagosian Gallery and Frieze New York during the summer of 2015. This exhibit featured screenshots of other people’s Instagram photos....more

FCC Institutes New Privacy Regime for Broadband Providers and Other Telecommunications Carriers

Landmark ruling establishes a variety of new obligations, but long-term effects remain unclear. On November 2, 2016, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an order adopting new privacy rules that will...more

California AG Guidance for the Ed Tech Industry: 6 Recommendations to Protect Student Data Privacy

Developers and operators of educational technology services should take note. Just before the election, California Attorney General Kamala Harris provided a document laying out guidance for those providing education...more

"Looking Ahead: The U.S. Legal and Regulatory Environment Under a Trump Administration"

Election Day brought an end to a long period of uncertainty that caused market fluctuations and delayed business planning decisions. As we navigate the post-election landscape, many questions remain regarding the potential...more

California Attorney General Makes Privacy Public With New Crowdsourcing Tool For Reporting Of Privacy Policy Violations

On October 14, the California Attorney General released a new online form designed to crowdsource reporting of allegedly inadequate privacy policies. The tool allows users to report violations of the California Online...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

WhatsApp-Facebook Data Sharing Attracts Scrutiny from EU Privacy Authorities

European Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) recently launched investigations into WhatsApp’s sharing of user data with Facebook. (Facebook owns WhatsApp.) DPAs ordered WhatsApp to stop sharing the data pending the...more

President Donald J. Trump – What Lies Ahead for Privacy, Cybersecurity, e-Communication?

Following a brutal campaign – one laced with Wikileaks’ email dumps, confidential Clinton emails left unprotected, flurries of Twitter and other social media activity – it will be interesting to see how a Trump Administration...more

EU Privacy Regulators Issue Letters To Yahoo And WhatsApp

In late October 2016, European Union (“EU”) data protection authorities issued letters to Yahoo and WhatsApp related to alleged privacy incidents involving those companies. The letters were issued by a collective of EU data...more

FCC Adopts Privacy Regulations for Broadband Internet Service Providers

On October 27, 2016 the FCC announced its adoption of an Order establishing a set of privacy regulations ("Broadband Privacy Rules") governing the use of consumer personal information by Broadband Internet Service Providers...more

FCC Adopts New Privacy Rules

Late last month, the Federal Communications Commission adopted new privacy rules for broadband Internet service providers (ISPs). We first discussed this topic in March when the proposal was introduced by the FCC Chairman...more

Expect IoT to Continue Redefining Customer Experience in 2017

The Internet of Things (IoT) is widely discussed as a revolutionary movement that will continue to have a pervasive impact on our personal and professional lives. But, as is the case with most technological advances that make...more

Misleading Terms & Conditions and Unfair Contract Terms: The Italian Competition Authority Opens Two Investigations against...

On 28 October 2016, the Italian Competition Authority (the “Authority”) opened two investigations against WhatsApp Inc. for alleged unfair commercial practices. The first investigation by the Authority alleges that WhatsApp...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

Privacy Tip #58 – Distrust Social Media? Almost All Americans Do, But Still Use Them

A recent nationwide poll conducted by The Rad Campaign and Lincoln Park Strategies shows that although 96 percent of American social media users distrust the ability of social media platforms to protect their personal...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

FCC Orders Far-Reaching New Privacy and Data Security Rules

As expected, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has handed down sweeping new privacy and security rules for Internet service providers (ISPs). On Thursday, October 27, 2016, a sharply divided commission voted to...more

FCC Issues New Privacy Regulations for Broadband Providers

Today, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved far-reaching new information privacy rules that will govern how providers of broadband Internet access service collect, use, protect, and share data from their...more

FTC Workshop on New Drone Technologies Raises Familiar Privacy Issues

The Federal Trade Commission’s recent workshop on drones raised familiar issues related to the privacy implications of a new and evolving technology. While the many potential innovations and consumer benefits of drone...more

Guidelines for Collecting Information From Children: A Comparison of US Law, EU Law, and Soon-To-Be EU Law

In the United States there are relatively few restrictions on collecting information from children off-line. Efforts to collect information from children over the internet, however, are regulated by the Children’s Online...more

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