Privacy Policy

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Well-Drafted Privacy Policy Saves the Day for GameStop

This Tuesday, the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a Minnesota federal district court’s dismissal of a website user’s lawsuit and prospective class action involving the privacy policy and information sharing practices...more

Final Order against Practice Fusion Approved by FTC

On August 16, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved the final order resolving its privacy complaints against Practice Fusion. The complaint alleged that Practice Fusion “misled consumers by soliciting reviews for...more

Pokémon Go Faces More Criticism

Pokémon Go is a location-based augmented reality game in which players use their mobile device to catch Pokémon in the players’ real-world surroundings by utilizing the camera, GPS, and gyroscope features of the mobile...more

High Court Permits University’s Contravention of Its Own Privacy Policy

The High Court in Bangura v Loughborough University [2016] EWHC 1503 (QB) ruled 19 May that Loughborough University acted lawfully under the Data Protection Act 1998 (“DPA”) in supplying Leicestershire Police with the...more

EU-US Privacy Shield: How to Certify

Following formal approval of the EU-US Privacy Shield, US organizations will now be considering how to apply for Privacy Shield certification. On July 12, 2016, the European Commission formally approved and adopted the...more

Court: Web Registration Did Not Establish User Assent to Arbitration Agreement

Perhaps overshadowed in the raging battle over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's proposal to ban the use of class action waivers in consumer arbitration agreements involving consumer financial products or services is...more

SDNY Refuses to Enforce Uber’s Online “Sign-In-Wrap” Terms, Arbitration Provision and Jury Waiver Clause

On July 29, 2016, the Southern District of New York, in Meyer v. Kalanick, refused to enforce mandatory arbitration and jury waiver provisions against a putative class of Uber consumers. In a lengthy and strongly worded...more

Big Risks in Big Data; Edward Chenard Explains [PODCAST]

Edward Chenard explains on the Masters of Disaster® podcast the significant risks that go along with the potential benefits of data science. Privacy practices around how company information is used extend to big data...more

Pokemon App Developer Sued for Failed Privacy Protections

Niantic Inc. (Niantic), developer of the mobile game “Pokémon GO,” was sued in Florida court on July 27, 2016. The named plaintiff, David Beckman filed the complaint against Niantic claiming the game’s terms of service and...more

Meteoric Rise Of Pokémon Go Spurs Privacy Concerns

2.7 Million Dollar HIPAA Settlement –  Last week, Oregon Health & Science University (“OHSU”) agreed to pay $2.7 million to resolve potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996...more

Pokémon GO – Next Stop: Regulation & Litigation

As everyone is aware, the Pokémon GO craze has taken the world by storm in the past month. Reports estimate there have been over 75 million downloads of the digital game since the program became available on July 6. Apple...more

It’s Time. Pick up the Shield.

When the new EU-US Privacy Shield was adopted all the way back on the 12th of July, we were quoted in the media discussing the fact that formal legal challenges to it were inevitable. By the time the dust settled enough to...more

Advertising Law - July 2016 #4

Sen. Franken Hits Pause on Pokémon GO - After the Pokémon GO app was downloaded approximately 7.5 million times in the United States alone in its first week of release, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), the chairman of the...more

The Dispute Resolution Mechanisms Under the Privacy Shield: What Happens if I Join Privacy Shield and Someone Submits a Complaint?...

The first installment in our month-long series dissecting the new “Privacy Shield” framework for transferring data from the EU to the United States discussed the history and implementation of the Privacy Shield. The second,...more

Michigan Court Holds That Pandora Users Are Not Customers Under State Law, Further Narrowing Streaming Privacy Laws

On July 6, 2016, the Michigan Supreme Court held that a Pandora user was not a “customer” allowed to bring a class action under the Video Rental Privacy Act (“VRPA”) in Michigan. ...more

Shield, Sword or Plough Ahead? Approval of New EU Privacy Shield Forces a Decision

When the European Court of Justice first invalidated the Safe Harbor we recommended here that, for most companies, staying the course by implementing general data security best practices was probably the right thing to do...more

Guidance On Handbooks, Policies, And Social Media Guidelines – Employers’ Attempts to Protect Themselves Too Much Can Lead to Loss...

Seyfarth Synopsis: The NLRB orders employer to cease and desist from maintaining numerous provisions in its Social Networking Guideline and provisions in the Handbook related to social media, privacy, and confidentiality, and...more

Self-Regulatory Actions Signal Warning for Mobile Apps that Allow Third Parties to Collect Information for Interest-Based...

Recent actions against two prominent mobile app developers serve as a warning for companies that authorize third parties to collect and use information over time for advertising in mobile apps (known as interest-based...more

Learning from Venmo’s Compliance Issues: How to Avoid Inadequate Privacy Disclosures

PayPal, the company responsible for the popular mobile payments app, Venmo, recently agreed to voluntarily bolster its privacy and security disclosures—and pay a $175,000 penalty—in response to an enforcement action brought...more

A Side-by-Side Comparison of "Privacy Shield" and the "Safe Harbor": The Easiest Way to Understand What Privacy Shield Is and...

More than 5,000 companies had taken advantage of the now defunct U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework. Those companies are now considering whether to join the newly approved “Privacy Shield,” and are trying to understand the...more

Privacy Tip #43 – Pokémon players: Beware

Pokémon GO has been downloaded 7.5 million times in the U.S. alone. It has been reported that it has surpassed Twitter. If you are enjoying the game, you should know how it is collecting and using your information....more

FTC Steps Up Activity on APEC Cross-Border Privacy Certification: Issues Warning Letters to 28 Companies Claiming Certification

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued warning letters to 28 companies that claim to be certified participants in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperative’s (APEC) Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system on their...more

EU Commission Adopts EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

On July 12, 2016, the European Commission formally adopted the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield to replace the previously invalidated Safe Harbor Framework as an adequate method of transferring personal data from the European Economic...more

Privacy Shield Moves Forward, Company Certifications to Begin August 1

The European Commission formally adopted the EU-US Privacy Shield on July 12, 2016, ending months of legal uncertainty with a new framework for governing transatlantic data transfers after the Privacy Safe Harbor framework...more

Sports Authority sells it customer database to Dick’s Sporting Goods for $15 million

Sports Authority, Inc. (“Sports Authority”) advertisements have been everywhere lately –‘everything must go!’ But does this include their customers’ personal information, too? Because Sports Authority has filed for Chapter 11...more

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