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Google App Disables Art-Selfie Biometric Comparison Tool in Illinois and Texas

We have been closely following the legal and legislative developments relating to biometric privacy, and in particular, the flow of litigation under the Illinois biometrics privacy law. It was interesting to see how the...more

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

Privacy Tip #122 – What’s Up with WhatsApp’s Security Flaws?

WhatsApp has been applauded for adding end-to-end encryption on its platform to secure conversations of its users two years ago. But encryption has its challenges, despite its security posture....more

The Many Faces of Google’s Arts & Culture App (Except in Illinois and Texas)

Those of our readers who frequent social media may have noticed a newly-popular juxtaposition between selfies and art (or perhaps one should say between selfies and other forms of art)—a feature in the Google Arts & Culture...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

Vermont Legislative Update 1-12-18 - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

The House Commerce and Economic Development Committee unanimously approved a bill this week, H.593, that includes a variety of consumer protection provisions that were considered but not approved last year. A similar bill...more

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

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

Google Puts Its SCA Warrant Appeal on Hold as High Court Prepares to Hear Microsoft Case

The fight over the privacy of electronic communications and the government’s ability to reach emails stored abroad in criminal investigations has finally moved to the U.S. Supreme Court. ...more

Anonymous Internet Users Beware: New Presumption in Favor of Unmasking the Losing Anonymous Defendant

Following a recent decision from the Sixth Circuit, anonymous bloggers and other Internet users who post third-party copyrighted material without authorization have cause for concern. They may be unable to preserve their...more

Ancestry.com Server Exposes 300,000 Email Addresses and Passwords

Ancestry.com has confirmed that RootsWeb, its free website for individuals to search genealogy, recently had a security vulnerability on its server that exposed a file containing the usernames, email addresses and passwords...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

Privacy Perils: Now You See Me ...

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In the ongoing and contentious litigation between Uber and Google's autonomous (self-driving) vehicle unit (Waymo v. Uber), allegations have arisen that one party has hidden relevant information, in part by use of...more

Privacy Tip #120 – Follow FBI Warning About Connected Toys

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a warning to parents in the past about the concerns with connected toys. Many parents recently bought the newest gadgets for their kids over the holidays, without realizing the...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

December 2017: Supreme Court Takes on Drugs, Data, and Extraterritoriality

On October 16, 2017, the Supreme Court made a surprising grant of review in a case which may have far reaching consequences for tech companies and litigants generally. The case, United States v. Microsoft Corp., involves a...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 get ICEd in transatlantic assault on cyber crooks

by Hogan Lovells on

As part of a sustained and coordinated effort, law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Atlantic have rounded off their on-going fight against cybercrime known as “Operation In Our Sites” with the traditional annual...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

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

Privacy Tip #119 – Getting the Newest Smartphone as a Gift? Take Care When Downloading Apps

‘Tis the season for gift giving. Smartphones and mobile devices are a hot item during the holidays. The first thing many people do when they get a new phone or device is to start downloading apps. Since there will be a lot of...more

A Net-Neutral Decision for Health Care? What Providers Can Expect in the Wake of Net Neutrality Repeal

by McDermott Will & Emery on

As the Federal Communications Commission repeals the Open Internet Order—more commonly known as the net-neutrality rules—health care consumers and providers have been left wondering how this change will affect their ability...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

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - December 2017 #3

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Apple has pushed an update to iOS 11.2 to its users. Users should consider pushing any updates that are recommended by the manufacturer, as there is usually a reason behind the update, and many times it is to fix a...more

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