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FTC Combats ‘Cramming’ in Mobile Apps and Services

In a recently released staff report, the Federal Trade Commission makes several recommendations designed to reduce “mobile cramming.” Cramming occurs when consumers access or enroll in third-party services through a mobile...more

Policyholders are Exposed to Cyber-Risk from Their Third Party Contracts

The use of third party technology service providers has become widespread and commonplace in all industries. Technology services like “cloud” data storage providers and software as a service (SaaS) allow companies of all...more

Eight Key Takeaways from FTC's Settlement with Snapchat

Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with Snapchat, the young mobile messaging company. The complaint alleges misrepresentations about functionality and related security as well as privacy...more

FTC Actions Against Payment Processors Heighten Legal Risks for Service Providers in Privacy Cases

In taking action against two payment processors earlier this month for providing processing services to merchants allegedly engaged in deceptive telemarketing practices, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission demonstrated a broad...more

Online Marketer That Allegedly Used Fake News Sites to Promote Products May Not Be Protected by CDA Immunity

Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act (CDA) promotes the free flow of information on the internet. The statute seeks to ensure that website operators and other interactive computer services are not hampered by lawsuits...more

Mobile Apps and Websites Face New COPPA Requirements Starting July 1

In one month, on July 1, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission’s most recent amendments to its Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (“COPPA Rule”) will go into effect. These changes include a variety of requirements...more

FTC Order Against Fraudulent Payment Processor Joins Growing List of Regulatory Actions Involving Third Party Service Providers

Following on the heels of significant regulatory actions by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Reserve, and the FDIC against regulated companies and their third-party service providers, the Federal Trade...more

FTC Recommends Privacy Practices for Mobile Apps

A new Federal Trade Commission report urges mobile app platforms and developers to better inform consumers about their privacy practices. Mobile app platforms and developers should review their privacy policies to ensure...more

Employers Faced January 1, 2013, Deadline to Update Fair Credit Reporting Act Notice

Originally published in SC Bar's Employment and Labor Law Newsletter: Winter 2013 on February 15, 2013 Effective January 1, 2013, there was a new form that employers must provide prospective or current employees when...more

Despite Continuing Grace Period, Employers Should Switch To New Fair Credit Reporting Act Notices Now

Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Congress transferred rule-making authority for the relevant portions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to the...more

FTC Issues Recommendations on Mobile Data Disclosures, Urges Mobile Industry To Act

Data use and sharing disclosures on mobile devices need work, the FTC said in a staff report released last week. The report recommends ways that actors in the mobile marketplace—such as mobile operating system providers,...more

FTC Releases Recommendations on Mobile Privacy Disclosures

On Friday, February 1, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a staff report recommending best practices for mobile privacy disclosures. The report, available here, reviews the benefits and privacy risks of mobile...more

FTC Amends COPPA Rule and Previews Future Enforcement Policies

On December 19, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") adopted the first amendments to the Rule promulgated under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (hereinafter, "COPPA" for the Act, and "COPPA Rule" for the...more

FTC Strengthens Laws To Protect Children’s Privacy

On December 19, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) made major changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) for the first time in nearly 15 years, by significantly amending the Children’s Online...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

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