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#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

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

Terms and Conditions Land Online Trader in Difficulty in Australia

by Jones Day on

The Ruling: A computer retailer was order to pay a fine for violating the Australian Consumer Law. The Impact: Businesses must ensure that the terms and conditions in their warranty notices comply with the law, or risk an...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

FTC: Stay Stuck on Security

The Federal Trade Commission recently wrapped up its Stick with Security blog series, which dove deeply into data security lessons based on agency cases, closed investigations, and questions and comments from businesses....more

Protecting Kids' Information Under the COPPA Cabana

In August 2017, Disney and three of its software developer vendors were sued in a class action in California in which it was alleged that Disney collected children’s information in violation of the Children's Online Privacy...more

FTC Provides Guidance on Reasonable Data Security Practices (Part III of III)

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

This is the third in a series of three articles on the FTC’s Stick with Security blog. Over the past 15 years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought more than 60 cases against companies for unfair or deceptive...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - October 2017

In this month's edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine the European Commission's annual review of the Privacy Shield, a potential threat to the European Union's "standard contractual clauses," a push by...more

FTC Sticks With Keeping Security Current, Physical Media Safe

In the latest blog posts in the Federal Trade Commission’s “Stick with Security” series, the FTC focused on the procedures companies should put in place that will keep their security current, will address vulnerabilities that...more

Privacy Tip #110 – Resources for Small Businesses to Stay Informed about Cyber Threats

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has concentrated on small businesses this year with the launch of www.FTC.gov/SmallBusiness , which provides data security awareness information to small businesses. The site includes...more

Senators and court complain of ‘anti-competitive’ transfer of patent rights to American Indian tribe

We have previously discussed antitrust implications of pharmaceutical companies’ efforts to maximize patent protection for their drugs. Consumers and generic drug makers, for instance, have alleged antitrust violations based...more

FTC Provides Guidance on Reasonable Data Security Practices (Part II of III)

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

This is the second in a series of three articles on the FTC’s Stick with Security blog... Over the past 15 years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought more than 60 cases against companies for unfair or deceptive...more

Antitrust Claims Against Telescope Manufacturer Ningbo Sunny Dismissed and Shot into Space

On September 28, 2017, Judge Edward Davila dismissed an antitrust complaint filed by Optronic Technologies, Inc. (dba Orion) against Ningbo Sunny Electronic Co., Ltd., Sunny Optics, Inc. and Meade Instruments Corp. The case...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 Provides Guidance on Reasonable Data Security Practices (Part I of III)

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Over the past 15 years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has brought more than 60 cases against companies for unfair or deceptive data security practices that put consumers’ personal data at unreasonable risk. Although the...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

Affiliate Marketing 101

“What’s affiliate marketing? Should I care?” - The Federal Trade Commission attempted to answer these questions in a new blog post directed to consumers, explaining how the industry works and how to avoid scams....more

Building a Health App? Part 4: Avoiding an FTC Enforcement Action

The market for apps designed to improve health and wellness or even to diagnose and treat medical conditions continues to grow. Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) approved a new smartphone-based “carbon...more

Big Data and digital markets remain in the focus of competition authorities – German FCO continues to lead the way

by Hogan Lovells on

On 6 October, the German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) launched its new series of papers on “Competition and Consumer Protection in the Digital Economy”. The first paper deals with “Big Data and Competition”. ...more

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