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FTC Settles with Online Talent Search Site over COPPA Violations

by Morgan Lewis on

Earlier this week, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled a complaint against the operator of an online talent search company, asserting that the talent search company’s collection and disclosure of children’s personal...more

Looking Back: The Federal Trade Commission Issues Annual Data Privacy Report for 2017

by BakerHostetler on

On Jan. 18, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published its Annual Privacy and Data Security Update. The update is helpful to businesses in that it recaps the efforts and areas of involvement the FTC has targeted in...more

Net Neutrality Order Deep - Dive: Open Internet Rules Repealed, Transparency Requirements Remain, FTC Role over Broadband Privacy...

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

In this Client Alert, we provide a deep dive on the FCC’s recent Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order, and Order, that largely repeals the so-called “Open Internet” regulatory framework implemented by the prior FCC Chairman...more

FTC Releases Annual Report on Privacy and Data Security

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently released its annual report on privacy and data security.  The report covers the FTC’s efforts from January 2017 to December 2017, and describes the enforcement actions,...more

FTC Carves New Path for Collecting Voice Recordings from Children Without Parental Consent

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has provided new guidance on how it will enforce the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) against companies collecting voice recordings from children, loosening the rules on how...more

Privacy Tip #124 – FTC Alerts Consumers to Social Security Administration Scammers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a scam alert this week notifying consumers that it has received an up-tick in complaints that scammers are calling consumers claiming they are from the Social Security Administration....more

FTC Holds Workshop on Informational Injury

On December 12, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a workshop to examine consumer injury in the context of privacy and data security. The motivation for the workshop, according to Acting FTC Chairman Maureen...more

FTC Releases 2017 Privacy And Data Security Update

by King & Spalding on

On January 18, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released its annual report describing the agency’s activities over the past year in the areas of enforcement, advocacy, workshops, consumer education and business...more

Companies Perceived By The FTC As Top Violators

by Bryan Cave on

The Federal Trade Commission collects complaints about organizations that allegedly violate the data privacy, data security, advertising, and marketing laws. Each month the FTC creates an internal “Top Violators” report...more

FTC Finds COPPA Disconnect With VTech Connected Toys

In its first case involving connected toys, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a settlement with VTech Electronics over allegations that the company violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)....more

AGG Food and Drug Newsletter - January 2018

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP's Food and Drug Newsletter is a monthly update of legal and regulatory issues that affect the FDA-regulated community, including regular updates on legislative initiatives from AGG’s Washington, DC...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

Cozen in the News- JB Kelly Interviewed by Natural Products Insider on FTC Guidance for Multi-Level Marketers- JB Kelly, member of Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General practice, was interviewed by Natural Products...more

5 Takeaways from the FTC’s First COPPA Settlement Over Internet-Connected Toys

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission on Jan. 8 announced its first settlement of alleged violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act arising from internet-connected toys. The FTC complaint against VTech followed the...more

Key Developments in the 2017 Indian Legal Landscape

by Morgan Lewis on

Legal and regulatory developments in the country included changes to the foreign direct investment policy, changes to the foreign investment regime, and a new platform for sexual harassment complaints by employees. Labour...more

Google Extends Commitments with the FTC over Crawling of Third-Party Content for Use in Own “Vertical” Sites

In a blog post last month, Google announced that it would extend certain commitments it made to the FTC in 2012 that were set to expire relating to, among other things, the scraping of third-party content for use on certain...more

Retrieval of Mobile Phone Data During Dawn Raids Upheld by Dutch Court

by Jones Day on

The Ruling: The far-reaching retrieval of mobile phone data during dawn raids by the Dutch competition authority is permissible, even if encompassing data of a non-business nature, as affirmed by a recent ruling of the Hague...more

Federal Trade Commission Issues Privacy and Data Security Report for 2017

by WilmerHale on

On January 18th, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released its Annual Privacy and Data Security Update, recapping its enforcement actions, workshops, and other privacy and data security activities in 2017. Enforcement...more

Warning Light: The FTC is Monitoring the Connected Car Marketplace

by Reed Smith on

In a recently published “Staff Perspective,” the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) appears to be staying true to the regulatory humility approach Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen underscored in her opening remarks to the...more

FTC Releases Annual Privacy and Data Security Update

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The FTC has released its annual report summarizing its activity during 2017 relating to privacy and data security issues.  In its self-declared role as “the nation’s primary privacy and data security enforcer,” the FTC...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

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 Staff Releases Paper Highlighting Key Privacy and Security Issues for Autonomous and Connected Vehicles

by WilmerHale on

The Federal Trade Commission Staff (FTC) released a new “Staff Perspective” on January 9, 2018, that highlights key privacy and data security issues related to autonomous and connected vehicles. The Staff Perspective outlines...more

Toying With Children’s Data: Lessons From the FTC’s First Connected Toys Settlement Action

by BakerHostetler on

Every year, especially around the holidays, more and more products that connect to the internet hit the market. For adults, connected home devices that act like personal domestic assistants have become increasingly popular....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

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