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Bitcoin Takes A Hit As Cryptocurrency Advertising Faces Increased Scrutiny

Crypto is a Greek prefix meaning “secret” or “hidden.” Unless you live under a rock, or in one of several countries like Bolivia where buying and selling it is illegal, there is nothing secret or hidden about cryptocurrency....more

Facebook And The FTC: A Wake-Up Call For Companies Collecting Personal Data

by Ifrah PLLC on

The FTC is reported to be joining state and international regulators in examining Cambridge Analytica’s actions with data accessed from Facebook, including how the data analytics company obtained the information, what it did...more

FTC Explains Evolution of COPPA in Live Twitter Chat

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On March 6, 2018, the FTC hosted a live Twitter chat to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)....more

Antitrust Alert: French Competition Authority Concludes Online Advertising Sector Inquiry And Announces Possible Further Actions

by Jones Day on

The French Competition Authority ("FCA") has published the results of its sector-specific inquiry into display online advertising. The 125-page opinion of March 6, 2018, ("Opinion") identifies potential competition concerns...more

FTC Releases “Best Practices” to Improve Mobile Device Security

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On February 28th, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released a report that offers several recommendations on ways to improve the security of mobile devices. ...more

COPPA, FTC Act Violations for Talent Agency

A talent agency was the target of the 30th Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) action by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) based on allegations it failed to obtain parental consent before collecting personal...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - German coalition's plans for increased scrutiny of online platforms; Avvio introduces chatbot...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update is below and features a variety of stories – EU regulation, AI-powered chatbots, direct booking, connectivity and taxes....more

FDA, FTC Try to Stop Opioid Cessation Products

Marketers of opioid cessation products received warning letters from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), cautioning them about unproven claims for the treatment of opioid addiction...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

Claims for Cancer Products Make FTC Sick

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached a deal with a company and its CEO over false and unsupported claims that its products could help patients with the side effects of cancer....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - California City Can Ban Short-Term Rentals; Airbnb Purges San Francisco Listings; Italian...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending January 19 is below. This week’s Update includes a heavy dose of short-term rental stories as well as details on Italian regulators’ recent efforts against...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

Potential Impacts on Telehealth From Net Neutrality Repeal

On December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed the Restoring Internet Freedom Order (RIFO), repealing the FCC’s 2015 “net neutrality” rules and shifting the responsibility for regulating the conduct...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

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

Frequency Check: Is Your UAS FCC Compliant?

by Benesch on

The past decade has seen a rapid increase in the use of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) (sometimes, though unusually inaccurately, called “drones”). The integration of UASs into the national airspace continues to be an area...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

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

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

Net Neutrality: From Rules to Enforcement

To say that strong passions have surrounded the recent Federal Communications Commission vote to reverse 2015’s net neutrality rules is putting it mildly. There are stories that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has endured racist...more

FTC Not in Love With AdoreMe’s Marketing

The Federal Trade Commission showed no love for an online lingerie marketer’s negative option membership program when it reached a settlement that requires AdoreMe to return more than $1.3 million to customers....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

FTC Discusses Informational Injury

Opening the Federal Trade Commission’s workshop on informational injury, Acting Chair Maureen K. Ohlhausen said the government “does the most good with the fewest unintended side effects when it focuses on addressing actual...more

As Germany Targets Facebook’s Data Collection, DOJ Antitrust Division Suggests Friendlier Approach to Data-Powered Digital Market...

Information can be an invaluable asset. This is especially evident in the technology sector, where companies use increasingly sophisticated methods to collect, aggregate, and analyze data. Exclusive possession of data can,...more

Federal Circuit Rules Out State-Law Remedies for Failure to Participate in the Biosimilars "Patent Dance"

by Perkins Coie on

On December 14, the Federal Circuit issued a decision that further clarifies the ground rules for disclosures of product information by manufacturers of biosimilar pharmaceutical products. In particular, the Federal Circuit...more

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