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COPPA Guidance Released to Help Businesses Keep Pace With Evolving Internet

by BakerHostetler on

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), enacted in 1998, created guidelines limiting the collection of personal information from children online. But 1998 was eons ago in Internet time; the online landscape has...more

Illinois “Geolocation Privacy Protection Act” Passed By Legislature

by King & Spalding on

On June 28, 2017, the Illinois General Assembly passed a bill limiting the collection and use of geolocation information obtained via smartphones. The bill now heads to Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk for signature or veto. ...more

IoT Device Companies: Add COPPA to Your “To Do” Lists

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updated its guidance on the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). COPPA and the FTC’s related COPPA Rules establish guidelines to protect children under the age of 13...more

FTC Updates COPPA Guidance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released an updated version of its guidance on complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) on June 21, 2017. Companies that collect personal information from...more

Oregon Ramps up State Consumer Protections in an Era of Deregulation

Oregon’s legislature recently expanded the scope of statutory consumer protections by passing a bill to amend the state’s Unlawful Trade Practices Act (the “Act”). Recently, Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown signed H.B. 2090 into...more

Organizing Data Privacy Within A Company

by Bryan Cave on

Although organizations have dealt with privacy issues for years, only in the past decade have they begun to view the complexities of privacy as requiring formal organizational structure, dedicated employees, and/or dedicated...more

FTC Updates COPPA Guidance for Businesses

On June 21, 2017, the FTC updated its COPPA Compliance Guidance for businesses. The new guidance includes new descriptions of services and products covered by COPPA, and new methods for obtaining parental consent....more

Oregon’s amendment of the Unlawful Trade Practices Act makes privacy policies and consumer contracts required reading.

Effective May 25, 2017, privacy statements that are “materially inconsistent” with how you handle consumer information violate a new amendment of the Oregon Unlawful Trade Practices Act (“UTPA”). A consumer may file a...more

3 Reasons Every Company Should Have a Business Transfer Clause in its Privacy Policy

Customer data is an extremely valuable business asset. It influences how companies communicate with customers, understand purchasing preferences, track time spent interacting with the brand, and identify habits and trends...more

Mobile Apps: Key Privacy, Security and Data Collection Considerations

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Over the past three years, mobile application usage in the U.S. has increased by 111%, and over 50% of digital media consumption in the U.S. is now through mobile apps. As consumer use of mobile apps continues to rise, the...more

What Employers Need to Know about Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation

On April 14, 2016, the European Parliament approved the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR” or the “Regulation”), a new regulation that will replace the European Union’s (“EU”) current data privacy standard. As a...more

Good or Bad? Facebook, Instagram Updated Privacy Policies Could Signal Industry-Wide Crackdown on Social Media Surveillance

by Butler Snow LLP on

Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram recently updated their privacy policies to protect users from social media surveillance. These updates could lead an industry-wide trend in restricting third-party sales of user data....more

Social Links: Twitter modifies Privacy Policy; YouTube ad-policy changes lower some video creators’ payouts; teen beats Ellen...

Twitter updated its online Privacy Policy to disclose that Twitter will be personalizing content and facilitating interest-based advertising by sharing information about its users’ online activity both on and off the...more

Twitter Updates its Privacy Policy

Twitter recently announced updates to its Privacy Policy. The updates are effective on June 18, 2017. By using the social media platform on or after that date, Twitter users will be deemed to have agreed to these updates....more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 14

by Jones Day on

New York Attorney General Announces Record Number of Data Breach Notices in 2016 - On March 21, 2017, the New York Attorney General's Office announced that it received 1,300 reported data breaches in 2016—a 60 percent...more

Who reads privacy policies?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Americans’ privacy is protected on the Internet and mobile apps by a classic disclosure system — we expect those who collect, use, and transfer data to disclose their practices. The basic idea is that consumers, armed with...more

Proposed BROWSER Act Would Require ISPs and Edge Service Providers to Give Users Opt-in and Opt-out Rights for the Use and...

by WilmerHale on

On May 18, 2017, Martha Blackburn (R-TN), Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, introduced H.R. 2520, the Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equality and...more

Privacy Training Requirements for Federal Contractors

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Under a final rule issued by the Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), effective January 19, 2017, federal government contractors must...more

Ultrasonic Cross-Device Tracking: A Consumer Management Tool with FTC Warnings

A consumer’s television or computer may be emitting silent signals that her smartphone can hear, recognize and answer back, but the consumer can’t sense them at all. These signals are telling retailers about their customer’s...more

Obtaining Counsel from a Mobile App Attorney Is a Must

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Mobile App Attorneys Provide Necessary Guidance for Your Mobile App Business - Mobile applications, or “apps,” are becoming an indispensable tool for a wide range of businesses, from brick-and-mortar entities, to strictly...more

New York Attorney General Announces Settlements with Three Mobile Health Application Developers

by Jones Day on

New York has made a mark on the regulatory and enforcement landscape for mobile health applications ("mobile health app") with the New York Attorney General's ("NY AG") March 23, 2017, announcement of settlements with three...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - April, 2017 #5

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: WilmerHale’s 2017 Corporate Reports - Sometimes it’s easier to just look at the numbers. WilmerHale’s annual IPO, Venture Capital and M&A Reports offer rare...more

Website/App Provider in Hot Water for Ambiguous Privacy Policy

by Klein Moynihan Turco LLP on

Last week, Unrollme Inc.’s (“Unroll.me”) privacy policy came under fire from consumers and privacy advocates in response to news that Unroll.me collects and sells data associated with user email messages....more

FTC resolves allegations against three U.S. based companies involving misrepresentations of International Privacy Program...

Privacy laws in Asia-Pacific countries such as Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore restrict the export of personal information except when the exporter meets certain qualifying conditions. One qualifying condition is...more

Importance of State AGs in Privacy in the United States – Interview of CT AG George Jepsen by Professor Danielle Citron at IAPP...

by Reed Smith on

Notwithstanding potential changes to privacy regulation at the federal level, state attorneys general (AGs) will continue to be robust and influential privacy policymakers and enforcers in the United States – that was the key...more

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