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"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - November 2016"

In this month's Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we review an 11th Circuit case involving the longstanding battle between the FTC and medical company LabMD, recent NIST guidelines for securing devices connected to the...more

FTC Report on Sharing Economy Cautions Regulators Not to Impede Innovation

In 1942, economist Joseph Schumpeter observed that the "creative destruction" of innovation often drives economic growth in market economies as companies continuously introduce new products or services, or new ways to produce...more

Facebook Implements Additional Measures to Prevent Discriminatory Practices in Targeted Advertisements

Responding to news reports that journalists were able to purchase advertising on Facebook targeted to ethnic groups, Facebook announced several new changes to the company’s advertising products. The move highlights heightened...more

The FTC Faces an Embarrassing Set-Back in its Data Security Enforcement Authority as the LabMD Saga Continues

On November 10th, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals handed an embarrassing defeat to the Federal Trade Commission and an early Christmas present to LabMD, Inc. in the ongoing David and Goliath battle between 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

Guest Post — Do It If It Makes You Feel Good: FTC’s Report on Homeopathic Medicine Advertising

What follows is a guest post by John Feldman, a partner in Reed Smith’s Entertainment and Media Industry Group. John closely follows all things Federal Trade Commission and approached us when he saw the FTC weighing in a...more

FTC continues vigorous use of enforcement authority

As observers ponder the CFPB’s future in a Trump Administration, the Federal Trade Commission’s continuing role as an enforcer of federal consumer financial protection laws should not be overlooked. Over the approximately...more

Do You Venmo? FTC Spotlight on Peer-to-Peer Payments and Crowdfunding

3The FTC recently examined peer-to-peer (P2P) payment systems and crowdfunding in the second forum of its FinTech series. P2P payment systems are online services that allow consumers to share money electronically. These...more

Eleventh Circuit Grants Stay of FTC Order Against LabMD, Calling into Question FTC’s Interpretation of “Unfairness” Authority...

On November 10, the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit granted LabMD’s motion to stay enforcement, pending appeal, of a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) order against the company for its allegedly deficient data...more

LabMD Successfully Delays FTC’s Data Security Enforcement During Appeal

In another twist in the LabMD case, LabMD has succeeded in obtaining a delay on the FTC’s enforcement action during its appeal. Of course, the substantive issues remain to be determined. In 2013, the Federal Trade...more

Small Business Securities Bulletin: 505 Is Not Alive: SEC Adopts New and Amended Rules Governing Intrastate and Small Offerings

As we have discussed in prior Bulletins, pursuant to Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities Act) and state securities laws, any offer and sale of a security must be registered with the Securities and Exchange...more

FTC Files Suit Against Credit Card Company

On November 10, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of Georgia against a prepaid credit card provider. The FTC’s complaint alleges violations of Section...more

LabMD Scores Early Win in FTC Appeal

The fight between the Federal Trade Commission and LabMD, the defunct medical testing lab, entered a new chapter late yesterday. In a 13-page ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit said that LabMD’s...more

Six Proposals to Stop IoT-Based DDoS Attacks

On Oct. 21, 2016, an extremely large distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Dyn prevented many internet users on the East Coast of the U.S. from accessing websites such as Netflix, PayPal, Spotify and Twitter for...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

The FTC's Crackdown on Social Media #Ads

In the ongoing effort to reach the hearts and minds of consumers, brands are increasingly looking beyond the traditional media outlets of radio, print and television. The recent meteoric rise and diversity of social media...more

Lessons from the Wells Fargo Scandal

Financial institutions must meet standards for safeguarding customer data given the particularly sensitive information they hold, and regulators have been stepping up their efforts to provide guidance on just how they must do...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

FTC Antitrust Guidance for Human Resources Professionals

On October 20, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division (together the Agencies) released Guidance for Human Resource Professionals on how antitrust laws applies to...more

Advertising Law - October 2016 #3

YouTube Adds Sponsored Content Notification Feature - To help influencers achieve compliance with the necessary disclosures about their relationships with advertisers, YouTube has unveiled a new tool to provide notice to...more

FTC Testifies Before Senate Commerce Committee About Data Security Approach

On Tuesday, September 27, 2016, the three active commissioners at the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or the “Commission”) testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation regarding the...more

FTC: NIST Framework Not Automatic Compliance

In a recent blogpost the Federal Trade Commission made clear that a company does not necessarily meet its information obligations arising from Section 5 of the FTC Act through use of the National Institute of Standards and...more

Senate Commerce Committee Members Air Laundry List of Pressing Issues Including Privacy, Data Security, and FTC Enforcement

On September 27th, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a general oversight hearing of the FTC, which covered a multitude of major policy issues and included testimony from Chairwoman Edith...more

Second Circuit Denies Section 230 Immunity for Acts of Affiliate Marketers

The Second Circuit became the third federal appellate court ever to deny immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Act, 47 U.S.C. § 230, which provides broad protection for content supplied to websites by their users....more

UPDATE: Got Data? Actual Harm Not Required for FTC Enforcement Action for Lax Security Measures

As anticipated, things are getting even more exciting with the case previously covered in Password Protected. Specifically, LabMD is appealing the landmark data security case between it and the Federal Trade Commission...more

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