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IoT Device Companies: COPPA Lessons Learned from VTech’s FTC Settlement

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

In “IoT Device Companies: Add COPPA to Your "To Do" Lists,” I summarized the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s June, 2017 guidance that IoT companies selling devices used by children will be subject to the Children’s Online...more

Toy Company Settles DOJ Complaint Alleging Violations of Children’s Online Privacy Rule and FTC Act

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a settlement with an electronic toy manufacturer for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA) and the FTC Act. The COPPA Rule prohibits unfair or...more

Settlement Offers Guidance on What “Reasonable” Security Means Under COPPA

The FTC’s COPPA Guidance does an admirable job explaining the basics of what a business needs to do to comply with COPPA, but is vague as to how a business must protect personal information collected from children. The COPPA...more

FTC Enforcement of COPPA for Internet of Things Reaches Flashpoint

by Morgan Lewis on

Galvanized by a confluence of charged factors—like privacy, cybersecurity, children, and the Internet of Things (IoT)—and sparked by recent assertions of Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) regulatory power, the...more

Second Circuit Holds Flu Shot Reminder Did Not Violate the TCPA

The Second Circuit has affirmed a lower court decision that a flu shot reminder sent by text message by a medical provider did not violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (the “TCPA”). The decision is important because...more

Ninth Circuit Finds No Vicarious Liability Under the TCPA for Marketing Text Message

by Burr & Forman on

In Kristensen v. Credit Payment Services, Inc., — F.3d —, 2018 WL 343758 (9th Cir. 2018), the Ninth Circuit recently held that three lenders and two marketing companies could not be vicariously liable under the TCPA for text...more

Digital Health Year in Review: 2017 Trends and Looking Ahead to 2018

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Introduction - Throughout 2017, the health care and life science industries experienced a widespread proliferation of digital health innovation that presents challenges to traditional notions of health care delivery and...more

Second Circuit Finds that Flu Shot Reminder Text Does Not Violate TCPA

by Burr & Forman on

In Latner v. Mt. Sinai Health System, Inc., ___ F.3d ___, 2018 WL 265085 (2d Cir. 2018), the Second Circuit recently held that a single flu shot reminder text does not violate the TCPA when a patient gives prior express...more

ML Strategies 2018 Outlook: Telecommunications

Even though Congress spent much of last year focused on a number of bigger-picture priorities including healthcare, tax reform, and appropriations, lawmakers also developed a number of telecom-related bills. Recently,...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

Consumer Protection- Washington Attorney General Amends Lawsuit Against Cable and Internet Provider, Alleges More Deceptive Conduct- Washington AG Bob Ferguson amended his lawsuit against cable and internet service...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

Privacy vs. Security: Will SCOTUS Leave the (Third) Party in 2018?

If the government obtains information about your past locations from your wireless provider, is that a search? If so, is it a search that requires the government to obtain a warrant? Courts have held that, because companies...more

Fitbit Can’t Put Sleep-Tracking Claims to Bed

Fitbit may lose some sleep over a putative class action challenging the advertising claims for its sleep-tracking function after the court denied the company’s motion for summary judgment in the case....more

Sites Illegally Tracked Consumers New Suits Allege

New suits accuse mattress company Casper Sleep and lender Quicken Loans of illegally tracking consumers online. Brady Cohen visited the website of Casper Sleep on multiple occasions to shop for a new mattress. While he...more

Questions of Consent Preclude Class Certification

Finding that too many questions remained about individual consent, an Illinois federal court judge denied certification of a class that allegedly received fax advertisements....more

Why privacy policies are key for corporate sweepstakes

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

One of our many valued sweepstakes clients is Subway®. We’ve had the pleasure of working with Subway® on local and regional sweepstakes, and employee incentive programs for several years. During that time, we’ve gotten to...more

Wrapping Your Privacy Practices Up with a Bow

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

For many companies, the "hap-happiest season of all" coincides with the busiest season of all. Business owners and employees are racing to fill customer orders in time for the holidays, which also means an avalanche of new...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

Mine, Yours, and Ours: Gating Issues in the Use and Commercialization of Data

by Morgan Lewis on

Many companies are actively exploring how to better use, commercialize, and productize (make into a standalone product) the data that they collect or is collected on their behalf. A gating issue for these companies is...more

Ninth Circuit: ESPN Prevails VPPA Dispute

In the latest attempt to apply the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) to 21st-century technology, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit affirmed dismissal of Chad Eichenberger’s lawsuit against ESPN Inc....more

REPLY “STOP” to OPT-OUT: Recent Court Decisions Provide Guidance to Defeat Telephone Consumer Protection Act Claims Based on...

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey recently ruled that a plaintiff’s expansive text messages stating her desire to stop receiving text messages from the defendant did not constitute a reasonable...more

FCC and Net Neutrality — Some Predictions about the Fallout

The end of net neutrality — for now — is big news, because it’s a big deal; there’s just no getting around the fact that the way consumers experience the internet is going to change. What are some of the practical...more

Sears Tries to Sell FTC on Settlement Tweaks

Should the Federal Trade Commission revise its 2009 settlement with Sears involving the company’s data security practices? In an administrative complaint, the FTC alleged that Sears Holdings Management Corp. failed to...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - December 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), one of the watchdogs of the financial services industry, has announced through Acting Director Mick Mulvaney that it will no longer collect personal information of consumers...more

Massachusetts District Court Finds VoIP Service is Not Cellular Service Per Se Under the TCPA

by Burr & Forman on

In Breda v. Cellco Partnership, No. 16-11512-DJC, 2017 WL 5586661 (D. Ma. Nov. 17, 2017), the plaintiff, Robin Breda (“Plaintiff”) claimed Cellco Partnership (“Cellco”) violated § 227(b)(1) of the Telephone Consumer...more

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