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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

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

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

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

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

Celebrities, personality rights and privacy: what marketers need to know about permission

by Smart & Biggar on

William Shatner made headlines in November when he took to Twitter to express his displeasure that his name and likeness were used without his permission to promote a condo development in Hamilton, Ontario. The development in...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

Second Circuit Holds Flu Shot Reminder Did Not Violate the TCPA

The Second Circuit has affirmed a lower court decision that a flu shot reminder sent by text message by a medical provider did not violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (the “TCPA”). The decision is important because...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

Ninth Circuit Finds No Vicarious Liability Under the TCPA for Marketing Text Message

by Burr & Forman on

In Kristensen v. Credit Payment Services, Inc., — F.3d —, 2018 WL 343758 (9th Cir. 2018), the Ninth Circuit recently held that three lenders and two marketing companies could not be vicariously liable under the TCPA for text...more

FTC Brings First-Ever “Connected” Toys Privacy and Data Security Case; US, Canada, and Hong Kong Privacy Regulators Coordinate...

by WilmerHale on

On January 8, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) brought its first-ever privacy and data security case involving Internet-connected toys. VTech Electronics Limited and its US subsidiary (VTech), maker of...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

Second Circuit Finds that Flu Shot Reminder Text Does Not Violate TCPA

by Burr & Forman on

In Latner v. Mt. Sinai Health System, Inc., ___ F.3d ___, 2018 WL 265085 (2d Cir. 2018), the Second Circuit recently held that a single flu shot reminder text does not violate the TCPA when a patient gives prior express...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

2018: Predictions From Socially Aware’s Editors and Contributors

Happy 2018 to our readers! It has become a Socially Aware tradition to start the New Year with some predictions from our editors and contributors. With smart contracts on the horizon, the Internet of Things and...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

CMS Clarifies that Texting of Orders is Not Permitted

by Murtha Cullina on

On December 28, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Survey and Certification Memorandum (S&C Memo) to clarify CMS’ position that it prohibits physicians and health care providers from texting...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

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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

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