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FTC Ramps Up Scrutiny of Retail Location Analytics

To improve customer experience and understand customers’ movements and interactions on their premises, retailers, hotels and other brick-and-mortar businesses increasingly use signals from mobile devices to observe their...more

Consumer Privacy and Broadband: The Debate Begins

Privacy and data security are high priorities of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under the leadership of Chairman Tom Wheeler. In addition to significant enforcement actions against AT&T and TerraCom/YourTel that...more

FTC Launches Office of Technology Research and Investigation

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced formation of its Office of Technology Research and Investigation (OTRI), an office meant to “ensure that consumers enjoy the benefits of technological progress without...more

FTC Creates New Office To Investigate Consumer Technologies

On March 23, the FTC announced – via blog post – the formation of the Office of Technology Research and Investigation (OTRI), a newly formed research office within its Bureau of Consumer Protection....more

FTC Announces Office of Technology Research and Investigation

This week the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection announced a new office to bolster the technological expertise of the Bureau and the FTC regional offices handling law enforcement investigations. ...more

FTC Focuses on Emerging Technologies Amid Congressional Efforts to Expand Data Security Enforcement

Monday the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection (BCP) announced the creation of the Office of Technology Research and Investigation (OTRI), a new initiative focused on consumer protection in emerging...more

Alert: Federal Policy Developments Impacting Medical Technology Companies

Health care is always a major issue in Washington, DC but recently how to promote innovation in medtech has become a priority within that conversation. Thus far, 2015 has produced a major legislative initiative in the form of...more

Social Media: 10 Fundamental Questions All Businesses Should Consider About Their Online Presence

Twenty years ago, the social media world we now live in was the stuff of science fiction. Today, social media is a critical business tool creating unprecedented opportunities for direct consumer interaction, brand awareness,...more

In with the New: Expect FTC Activity on IoT in 2015

The “Internet of Things” (IoT) continues to grow. (IoT refers to the ability of everyday objects to connect to the Internet and one another.) It is estimated that there will be 4.9 billion connected appliances, devices and...more

Advertising Law - November 2014 #3

NAD Sniffs at Odor Protection Claims - Concerned that a 48 hour antiperspirant/deodorant constitutes an overstated claim of “100% odor protection,” the National Advertising Division recommended...more

Cyber Security Top Priority in Today’s Tech-Savvy World

While 2014 Has Seen Miami Emerge as a Growing Technology Hub, the Year Has Also Highlighted Significant Risks that Technology Poses for Businesses of all Types....more

Top 10 Technology Blunders for Employers

As one who presumably has no nude selfies, you may not be too concerned about a “hack” like the one that continues to afflict celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still plenty...more

Wearable Fitness Device Privacy Concerns Abound

How would you feel if businesses or individuals had access to your medical records? There is no question that advertisers, businesses, and even overly-clingy significant others would love to have access to your private...more

Blurred Lines

Mobile payments are taking off, and by 2017, consumers worldwide are likely to be using the technology to spend $700 billion or more annually, according to Forrester Research. But as technology companies look for ways to...more

Privacy And Data Security For Life Sciences And Health Care Companies

Pepper Hamilton Health Care-Life Sciences Webinar - The explosion of mobile technology and Web applications linking patients with doctors, pharmacies and medical devices is undergoing scrutiny by the FDA, FTC, HHS and...more

FTC Focuses Enforcement Efforts on Health Care, Technology and Energy Sectors

On November 15, 2013, Chairwoman Edith Ramirez testified on behalf of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) before the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform on the topic of antitrust oversight and enforcement. Ramirez...more

Mobile Apps: No Surprises, Please

Widely applicable rules regarding consumer privacy disclosures in our increasingly mobile world are only now emerging. Government agencies, individual states, and professional associations are all weighing in on how mobile...more

FTC and the “Internet of Things”: Franchisor on the hook

Last fall the Federal Trade Commission brought cases against a software developer and rent-to-own stores that secretly monitored people in their homes. The developer provided the stores with software that had a “Detective...more

FTC Announces First “Internet Of Things” Settlement

On September 4, the FTC announced its first action against a marketer of an everyday product with interconnectivity to the Internet and other mobile devices – what the FTC refers to as the “Internet of Things.” The company,...more

Snapshot of the Guidelines for Technology Licensing Arrangements of Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission

As Taiwanese manufacturers rely strongly upon licensed technologies to compete in world markets, Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission (the “FTC”) issued its Guidelines for Technology Licensing Arrangements on January 20, 2001,...more

App Law & Privacy

Several recent stories have highlighted the concerns over personal information, privacy and the reach of mobile apps. Once again, the law is labouring to keep up with technology....more

FTC Consent Order Illustrates Importance of Privacy Policy Disclosure and Adherence

The importance of fully disclosing (and abiding by) your company’s privacy policies was underscored last month when the U.S. Federal Trade Commission issued a consent order barring Epic Media Group, LLC, an online advertising...more

"FTC Ends Google Investigation With a ‘Slap on the Wrist’"

On January 3, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ended its highly publicized and wide-ranging investigation into Google Inc.’s business practices with an enforcement action that has been described by some as a “slap on...more

Trends For 2013 In Internet And Marketing Law

After looking at the most popular posts from 2012 in our last edition, today we look at what are likely going to be the big trends for 2013 in internet and marketing law. ...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

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