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ICYMI: PrivSec’s Weekly News Picks

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Tech Republic reports that “the executive order may help bring internet to previously hard to reach areas, something several ISPs have been working towards.” “A more connected country”, author Olivia Krauth reports, “could...more

Net Neutrality: From Rules to Enforcement

To say that strong passions have surrounded the recent Federal Communications Commission vote to reverse 2015’s net neutrality rules is putting it mildly. There are stories that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has endured racist...more

FTC Not in Love With AdoreMe’s Marketing

The Federal Trade Commission showed no love for an online lingerie marketer’s negative option membership program when it reached a settlement that requires AdoreMe to return more than $1.3 million to customers....more

Federal Trade Commission Approves Settlement with Lenovo Over Ad Software

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved its proposed settlement with Lenovo, Inc. over the installation of pre-installed advertising software called VisualDiscovery onto Lenovo laptops. According to the FTC, the...more

FTC Discusses Informational Injury

Opening the Federal Trade Commission’s workshop on informational injury, Acting Chair Maureen K. Ohlhausen said the government “does the most good with the fewest unintended side effects when it focuses on addressing actual...more

As Germany Targets Facebook’s Data Collection, DOJ Antitrust Division Suggests Friendlier Approach to Data-Powered Digital Market...

Information can be an invaluable asset. This is especially evident in the technology sector, where companies use increasingly sophisticated methods to collect, aggregate, and analyze data. Exclusive possession of data can,...more

Federal Circuit Rules Out State-Law Remedies for Failure to Participate in the Biosimilars "Patent Dance"

by Perkins Coie on

On December 14, the Federal Circuit issued a decision that further clarifies the ground rules for disclosures of product information by manufacturers of biosimilar pharmaceutical products. In particular, the Federal Circuit...more

Online Sales Restrictions Are a Luxury - European Court Clarifies Prohibition of Third Party Platform Sales for Luxury Goods

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On 6 December 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued its judgment on online platform sales bans for luxury goods in selective distribution systems in Coty (C-230/16). The ECJ ruled that luxury goods manufacturers...more

AD-ttorneys@law

by BakerHostetler on

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) includes a safe harbor provision that protects appropriately registered online service providers from potential secondary liability for the infringing acts of others. Ironically, in...more

To Disclose or Not To Disclose: The FTC’s Dueling Concurrences over Deceptive Omissions in Lenovo

On September 5, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it and 32 state attorneys general had settled charges with Lenovo, Inc., regarding the company’s practice of pre-loading advertising software on its...more

#MarketingLaw – Fake News, Auto-Renewal Subscription Plans, Influencers and the Latest from the FTC

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

We are back from the 2017 ANA/BAA Marketing Law Conference, Break Through: Legal Strategies for Dynamic Businesses. It was a great three days in Chicago of educational seminars and networking with colleagues, clients, friends...more

Keep It Concrete, Ad Groups Urge FTC

In new comments filed in advance of a workshop on “informational injury,” a coalition of advertising groups encouraged the Federal Trade Commission to take action in cases involving privacy or data security issues only when...more

Ad Groups Ask FTC To Focus On Concrete Injuries, Not Subjective Emotional Distress

by King & Spalding on

Several advertising groups recently filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) urging the organization to pursue enforcement actions only against security and privacy practices that cause “concrete injuries” to...more

10 Marketing Law Takeaways From ANA/BAA 2017

We just got back from the Association of National Advertising (ANA) and Brand Activation Association (BAA) Marketing Law Conference in Chicago, held earlier this week. With hundreds in attendance, and dozens of speakers...more

FTC’s New COPPA Guidance on Recording Children’s Voices: Five Tips for App Developers and Toymakers to Comply

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission on October 23, 2017, provided guidance on how it will enforce the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) with respect to audio recordings of children. This comes as part of a wave of...more

Voice-Activated Devices May Collect Audio from Children

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A new FTC policy eliminates the requirement to obtain parental consent to collect a recording of a child’s voice in certain circumstances....more

FTC Speaks Out on Children’s Voice Recordings

In a new Enforcement Policy Statement, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) decreased the burden for operators with regard to the collection of certain audio voice recordings of children under the age of 13....more

Celebrity ICO Endorsements: SEC, FTC, and CFTC Oversight

by Reed Smith on

Floyd Mayweather, a world famous boxing champion, recently used his Twitter and Instagram accounts to help a company raise more than $30 million in an initial coin offering (“ICO”). Other celebrities have similarly...more

Behavioral Advertising: What Companies Need to Know About Evolving Advertising Technologies

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Rapidly changing and complex technology, the rise of “Big Data” and an increasing focus on digital advertising has made advertising legal compliance an increasingly complex area for companies. In-house attorneys and their...more

Dutch Court Affirms Ban on Nonauthorized Online Resellers

by Jones Day on

The Ruling: On October 4, 2017, the Amsterdam District Court upheld Nike's ban on authorized distributors selling Nike products on the online platforms of unauthorized resellers. The Result: Under this Dutch ruling, a...more

What blockchain can learn from the net neutrality debate: antitrust and regulatory aspects of “paid prioritization” for a nascent...

by Hogan Lovells on

First come, first served. That’s not the principle behind the clearance of Bitcoin transactions. Equally for other blockchain technology networks, the relevant factor to get a transaction on the next available block is not...more

Brands Beware: FTC Continues Campaign on Social Media Influencer Disclosures

With much fanfare, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) continues to take actions relating to so-called “social media influencers” who allegedly fail to disclose material connections to the products or brands they endorse....more

FTC’s “Stick With Security” #5: Segment Your Network And Monitor Who’s Trying To Get In And Out

by Snell & Wilmer on

On August 25, 2017, the FTC released its fifth “Stick with Security” principal, which focused on how companies can protect their virtual “entrances and exits” and make life harder for hackers. The FTC believes that the...more

FTC’s “Stick With Security” #4: Store Sensitive Information Securely & Protect It During Transmission

by Snell & Wilmer on

On August 18, 2017, the FTC released its fourth “Stick with Security” principle, which explained the importance of keeping confidential data only when needed, and securely storing the data when it must be kept. To that end,...more

FTC’s “Stick With Security” #3: Require Secure Passwords and Authentication

by Snell & Wilmer on

On August 11, 2017, the FTC released its third “Stick with Security” principle, which touched on the necessity of strong authentication practices. Secure passwords and fortified authentication practices make it that much...more

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