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Northern District of California Drops FTC Unfairness Claim Against D-Link Systems

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently issued a mixed ruling on D-Link Systems’ motion to dismiss in FTC v. D-Link Sys., Inc. D-Link sells routers and Internet protocol (IP) cameras that it...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

Make Your Online Terms of Service "Uber" Enforceable

by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP on

Are your online Terms of Service enforceable? Businesses should review their account registration process in light of a recent court decision. In Meyer v. Uber Technologies, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second...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

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

CFPB's Financial Data Sharing Principles Impose New Burdens On Financial Institutions

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently published nine “principles” and an accompanying “insights” report regarding consumers who have authorized financial data sharing and aggregation (especially with...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

In Wake of Equifax Breach, Squatters Appear and Are Vanquished

On September 7, Equifax Inc. announced the cyber security breach that could potentially impact 100 million U.S. consumers. In addition to Equifax’s main website, Equifax.com, the company set up a dedicated website —...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2017 #3

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - A Rare Example of Common Sense From Washington. On November 13, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and four Democratic members of the committee announced an agreement on legislative...more

C.D. Cal. Excludes Three Plaintiff Experts in Breast Implant Case

by Reed Smith on

It is not as if we are delighted to see efforts to resuscitate breast implant litigation, but we won’t groan when the rulings are as good as they are in Laux v. Mentor Worldwide, LLC, No. 2:16-cv-01026-ODW(AGR) (C.D. Cal....more

House Lawmakers Retreat From NIST Cyber Auditing Role In Proposed Bill

by King & Spalding on

Members of the House of Representatives Science Committee modified a bill that would have made the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) responsible for auditing federal agencies’ cybersecurity protections....more

12 O'clock High, a Podcast on Business Leadership-Communication Skills

by Thomas Fox on

In the episode, I consider two different issues around communication skills. The first is communicating across cultural boundaries. The second is the technique of asking questions to boost leadership. One of the things most...more

FTC Seeks Public Comment on Sears’ Petition to Modify Order Regarding Software Tracking Application

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

The FTC is seeking public comment on a petition by Sear’s to reopen and modify its 2009 consent order to restrict the broad definition of “tracking application”. In 2009, the FTC issued an order settling charges that Sears...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

Federal Government To Revamp The Continuous Diagnostics And Mitigation Program

by King & Spalding on

The Federal Government is reportedly upgrading its Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (“CDM”) program, administered by the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and the General Services Administration. The redesigned...more

Proposed CFIUS Overhaul Focuses on Cybersecurity and High-Tech Sectors

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Recently proposed legislation would substantially overhaul current law governing the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) by dramatically expanding CFIUS’ authorities and calling for CFIUS to take...more

Non-News: Warnings Claims For A Generic Drug Preempted (Still)

by Reed Smith on

We can be inundated with news. Old news. New news. Fake news. Breaking news. News that makes you want to break something. News that makes you want to go back to bed. In trying to be discerning consumers of the news, it...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

Department Of Homeland Security Often Slow To Disseminate Cyber Threat Warnings, According To Government Accountability Office...

by King & Spalding on

On October 30, 2017, the United States Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) issued a report on the Department of Homeland Security’s (“DHS”) risk assessment practices for critical infrastructure. GAO reviewed DHS’s...more

Cybersecurity 2018 – The Year in Preview: Emerging Security Threats

Editors’ Note:  This is the second of a multi-part end-of-year series examining important trends in data privacy and cybersecurity during the coming year. Click here for our previous entry on HIPAA Compliance.  Up next: ...more

CFPB Releases Principles for Financial Services Industry for Sharing Data

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau(CFPB) recently issued principles for the access and disclosure of sensitive date in the financial services industry. The CFPB referred to the guidelines as principles instead of...more

NERC Proposes to Reduce Cybersecurity Risks in CIP Supply Chains - Update

by Morgan Lewis on

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) recently petitioned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to approve its proposed “Reliability Standards” addressing cybersecurity risks in critical...more

No Voluntary Dismissal for Plaintiffs, and a Summary Judgment Win for Defendants, in Central District of California Risperdal Case

by Reed Smith on

In the mass torts world in which we find ourselves, glimmers of jurisprudential light can seem few and far between. Two things we love are good warnings causation decisions and sneaky plaintiffs getting caught at their own...more

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