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Artificial Intelligence: Expectations of the IT Department

by Morgan Lewis on

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the hot topic on everyone’s mind. Technology providers are researching and developing how they can exploit AI, companies in a wide range of industries are seeking to understand how AI will...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

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

by Morgan Lewis on

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

FCC Closes Loopholes and Expands Telephone Consumer Protection Act “TCPA” Consumer Protections in Declaratory Ruling and Order

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

On July 10, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) released a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) Declaratory Ruling and Order (“TCPA Declaratory Ruling and Order” or “Order”) offering...more

Social Links: Potential cures for cyberbullying & other social media ills; cross-device tracking could imperil employers; should...

After British police unsuccessfully tried to get the blogging platform WordPress.com to remove offensive and threatening posts, the deputy leader of the UK’s Labour Party vowed to urge changes that would make the country’s...more

Buccaneers Could Lose On and Off the Field: Attempt to Reverse Auction TCPA Class Settlement Batted Down by Eleventh Circuit

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

A leading Plaintiff's TCPA firm filed a class action against the Buccaneers in 2013, arguing certain company faxes violated the TCPA. The faxes in question contained advertisements promoting football ticket sales, and were...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

Monthly TCPA Digest - November 2017

by Mintz Levin on

We are pleased to present the latest edition of our Monthly TCPA Digest, providing insights and news related to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). This month’s issue examines a ruling from the US Court of Appeals...more

Toy Website Can’t Play Around With COPPA

In considering a toy website’s online promotion, the Children’s Advertising Review Unit recommended that the company improve its privacy practices in order to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)...more

ONC’s De-Regulatory Announcement Aims at Enticing Industry to Adopt 2015 Edition Criteria

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In September, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced that it is scaling back requirements for third-party certification of criteria related to certified electronic health...more

Human Intervention Means Program Not ATDS, Illinois Court Rules

Human intervention to make calls on behalf of the defendant ruled out the use of an automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS), an Illinois federal court judge has ruled, granting summary judgment in favor of the defendant....more

Reassigned Numbers: Commenters Embrace Database, Split on Safe Harbor

Of the dozens of comments filed in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) request on how to handle the problem of reassigned numbers, the majority appeared to support the agency’s plan to establish a...more

Court Reduces TCPA Damages From $1.6B to $32M

Finding $32 million to be a more reasonable award than $1.6 billion, a Missouri federal court judge ordered the producers of “Last Ounce of Courage” to pay for phone calls promoting the movie that ran afoul of the Telephone...more

Full Disclosure: New Labeling for Cleaning Products

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On October 15, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 258, known as the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 (the “Act”). The Act requires manufacturers of most cleaning products sold in...more

Second Circuit Refuses to Rehear Consent Revocation Case

In the TCPA lawsuit, Reyes v. Lincoln, filed in 2015, Reyes leased a new luxury Lincoln and provided his cell phone number in his lease application. The application included a provision that Reyes “expressly consent[ed]” to...more

European Commission Releases Privacy Shield Annual Report

by Morgan Lewis on

In a positive development for companies relying on transatlantic data transfers, the European Commission (the Commission) recently announced that one year into the program, the EU-US Privacy Shield framework is functioning as...more

Eight-Figure Settlements Continue for TCPA Disputes

Multimillion-dollar settlements continue to be a popular solution to Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class actions, as demonstrated by a recent retailer agreement....more

The Past, Present, and Future of Government Regulation of Off-Label Communications – Part 5

In this post, I will be focusing on the intersection of off-label communications with government enforcement of health care fraud through the False Claims Act. Over the past eight years, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”)...more

Founder Of Energy Industry Networking Site Sentenced To Year And A Day For Hack

by King & Spalding on

On October 6, 2017, the creator of a social networking site for oil and gas industry professionals was sentenced to a year and a day in prison by U.S. District Judge Denise L. Cote in the Southern District of New York. David...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

FTC’s “Stick With Security” #2: Control Access to Data Sensibly

by Snell & Wilmer on

On August 4, 2017, the FTC released its second “Stick with Security” principle, which addressed the next step a company should take after it has identified confidential data in its possession and determined what information...more

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