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Apple Decides To Clean House

by Ifrah PLLC on

App developers, take note: due to Apple’s latest “clean-up” project, you should review your current apps to ensure that they meet Apple’s new App Store Review Guidelines. Make sure that your app is not a clone, does not offer...more

Building a Health App? Part 5: Contracting for Health App Construction

As you take your health app from innovative idea to reality, you will be engaging in a development project that will likely entail the procurement of technology, services and perhaps even content from third parties. For...more

Building a Health App? Part 2: Protecting Your Intellectual Property

This post is the second in a series of weekly blog posts covering legal issues for consideration during the early stages of development of a health app and providing best practices to help guide you through a successful...more

Building a Health App? What You Need to Know

Last week, Apple announced the new Apple Watch Series 3 which will feature an enhanced heart rate app. The app will notify you when it detects an elevated heart rate even when you are not working out. The sensor will also be...more

Apple Removes VPN Apps from China App Store

by Fisher Phillips on

Apple’s removal of VPN apps from its app store in China could signal a difficult road ahead for companies doing business there. In March 2017, we posted a summary of China’s new cyber security law (Law) that went into effect...more

Privacy Perils: What's in Your Container?

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The use of "containers" in web application development is growing, but not without potentially increasing threats to the security of the data we store in our apps and devices. Containers are stand-alone packages of software...more

Can And Should I Patent My Idea For An App?

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

Background- Last week, I had a welcome break in my patent law practice. A client told me about his idea for a mobile app – an application that runs on a mobile device (e.g., a smartphone or IPad). Apps are potentially big...more

Ultrasonic Cross-Device Tracking: A Consumer Management Tool with FTC Warnings

A consumer’s television or computer may be emitting silent signals that her smartphone can hear, recognize and answer back, but the consumer can’t sense them at all. These signals are telling retailers about their customer’s...more

Potential HIPAA Pitfalls for Developers of Healthcare Apps

by Perkins Coie on

As federal and state governments struggle to address future healthcare regulation, demand for healthcare that is cheaper, better and faster continues to surge. Every day, new healthcare apps are being developed to respond...more

Doctor, Doctor, Give Me the News, I’ve Got a Bad Case of Medical App Blues: Mobile Medical Application Developers Settle with New...

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

The New York Office of the Attorney General recently announced settlements with developers of three mobile health applications due to misleading claims and deficient privacy practices. As a result of these settlements, the...more

New York Attorney General Announces Settlements with Three Mobile Health Application Developers

by Jones Day on

New York has made a mark on the regulatory and enforcement landscape for mobile health applications ("mobile health app") with the New York Attorney General's ("NY AG") March 23, 2017, announcement of settlements with three...more

New York Regulators Lead the Charge to Fill Health Data Protection Gaps Left by Federal Law

by Hogan Lovells on

New York AG Settles Data Protection Enforcement Against Mobile Health Apps - After a year-long investigation into mobile health apps claiming to be able to measure vital signs or health indicators through smartphone...more

App Privacy Litigation Settles For $5.3 Million

by King & Spalding on

Several major app developers, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Yelp, settled a putative class action pending in California federal court last week. The app companies have agreed to pay a consolidated $5.3 million...more

New York Attorney General Settles Claims against Three Health Apps

by Morgan Lewis on

Health app developers must be vigilant not only of federal laws, but of state laws as well. On March 23, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a settlement with developers of three health-related...more

Heads Up, App Developers: Google Is Getting Serious About Privacy and Data Security in Apps

Beginning March 15, 2017, Google began removing apps from Google Play, its online marketplace where apps and other digital media are offered for download and use on the Android platform, for failing to comply with Google’s...more

Mobile Health App Developers Under Fire for Misleading Claims and Irresponsible Privacy Practices

by Dechert LLP on

Mobile health apps are becoming more and more popular as a tool for consumers in maintaining healthy lifestyles. However, there is a growing concern that the health-related benefits are being over-stated by mobile health app...more

New York AG Puts Mobile Health App Developers on Notice

by Baker Donelson on

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced on Friday that the AG's office reached settlements with three mobile application developers who marketed their apps without possessing sufficient information to back up...more

NY AG Announces Settlements with Three Mobile-Health App Developers Over Privacy, Marketing Concerns

On March 23, 2017, New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced settlements with three mobile health application (app) development companies aimed at curbing deceptive marketing practices and inadequate...more

Advertising Law - March 2017 #2

Privacy Policy, Notifications Mandatory Under Updated Google Rules - On March 1, Google updated its Play Store policies with a host of changes that took effect on March 15, including a requirement that app developers...more

Going Mobile: Seven Key Considerations for Acquiring Mobile App Assets

As more industries look to capitalize on mobile platforms, and as smartphones and tablets increasingly become the “first screen” for customers, mobile apps will continue to play an integral role in connecting businesses with...more

Court Finds Apple is a Distributor of iPhone Apps, Allows Antitrust Suit

In a significant Illinois Brick decision, the Ninth Circuit recently issued an opinion concluding that consumers who purchase apps from Apple’s “app store” directly purchase those apps from Apple, which acts as a distributor....more

Mobile App Privacy Policies: A How-To Guide

by Bryan Cave on

Many of the most popular mobile apps collect personally identifiable information. Although most app developers are not required to display a privacy policy under federal law, they are contractually required to do so pursuant...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 7, Issue 6

Commercializing user-Generated Content: Five risk reduction strategies - We’re in the midst of a seismic shift in how companies interact with user-generated content (UGC). For years, companies were happy simply to...more

“Snap” decision leads to litigation — Snap Interactive files suit against Snap Inc.

A recent litigation brought against the parent company of the popular app Snapchat is a good reminder of the importance of clearing a mark and the pitfalls young companies face as they begin to mature. Snapchat is, of...more

MHRA Updates Guidance on Healthcare Apps as Medical Devices

by Knobbe Martens on

Healthcare apps are becoming a greater part of everyday life. The increasing prominence and functionality of these apps has lead to the question of when healthcare apps should be regulated as medical devices. In the United...more

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