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Activity at the Federal Trade Commission

There is much going on at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) these days, particularly in the privacy arena. In addition to the settlements discussed below, today the White House confirmed that President Obama will nominate...more

FTC Assesses $800,000 Fine Against Mobile App Operator and Issues Mobile Privacy and Security Guidance

The Federal Trade Commission has emphasized in the past that general privacy protections in the website space apply equally to mobile services, but a new FTC Staff Report released on Friday hones in on some privacy...more

Path/FTC Settlement - Much More Than A Slap On The Wrist

On February 1, 2012, “smart journal” application provider, Path, Inc. (“Path”) agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) charges that it deceived consumers and improperly collected personal information in violation of...more

Social Networking Mobile App Developer Agrees to Pay $800,000 and Implement Comprehensive Privacy Program to Settle Claims for...

On February 1, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a settlement with Path, Inc., a social networking mobile application developer. Path offers and distributes "smart journal" mobile apps, which permit users to...more

FTC Releases Guidance on Mobile Privacy Best Practices; Enters Into $800K Consent Order with Path

The FTC guidance released February 1 is Mobile Privacy Disclosures: Building Trust Through Transparency: A Federal Trade Commission Staff Report. In Mobile Privacy Disclosures, the FTC as the primary federal regulator on...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

FTC Revamps COPPA Rule

Two and a half years after initiating a review of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (the “Rule”), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on December 19, 2012 that the Rule will be amended to clarify...more

Privacy Update: Complying With COPPA Under The FTC's New Children's Online Privacy Protection Rules

In December 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued updated rules to the Child's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which significantly expand COPPA's scope and application. COPPA, which governs the collection,...more

FTC Announces COPPA Rule Changes

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published its final rule amendments today in the Federal Register updating the FTC regulations that implement the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA Rule)....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 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

FTC Survey: Disclosure Of Use Of Private Information In Mobile Apps For Children Is Insufficient

A report recently released by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reveals that mobile applications targeted at children often collect and share children’s private information with third parties but generally do not provide...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

FTC Issues Substantially Revised COPPA Rule, Effective July 1, 2013: Review of Changes and Compliance Tips

On December 19, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (“Commission”) announced long-awaited amendments to its rule implementing the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“Rule”). The changes – which take effect on July 1,...more

FTC Amends Its COPPA Rule to Protect Children Online After Technology Advances In Gathering Their Personal Information

Technology advances often help consumers do things quicker or easier. For regulators and law enforcers, such advances often present challenges in keeping laws and regulations up to date....more

Celebrity Fan Website Pays $1 Million to Settle FTC’s COPPA Charges

The operator of fan websites for music stars, like Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, aimed at the “tweeners” audience has settled with the FTC over charges that it violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)...more

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