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Foreign Devices, Apps Cautioned About COPPA Violations

Potential violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the COPPA Rule triggered letters to two foreign companies from the Federal Trade Commission, cautioning that their apps and devices may run...more

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by BakerHostetler on

In This Issue: - CARU Corrects Kudos’ COPPA Consent Crack-up - Tech Specs Released for Transparency and Consent Framework - FTC Mutes Alleged Deceptive Amplifier Claims - Business Groups Demand Clarity on Autodialers -...more

Unanticipated Mobile Data Leaks Remain an Ongoing Issue

There has been a lot of attention in the media lately with respect to the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica issue and its fall-out (including today’s coverage of the announcement that Facebook suspended almost 200 apps pending a...more

District Court in California recognizes plausible trademark rights over fictional Star Wars board game

by Hogan Lovells on

(Case analysis: Lucasfilm Ltd. LLC v. Ren Ventures Ltd., N.D. Cal., No. 17-7249, 4/24/18) - To assert a successful infringement claim relative to a mark that has arguably never been used as a source identifier for “real...more

Ride Sharing and Cities Team Up on Transit, Last Mile Issues

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A little over a month ago, in our article “Fueled by Auto Industry Support, Bike Sharing Systems are Taking Over Cities” we noted how cities and urban planners continue to struggle with the “last mile issue” facing their...more

FTC Puts Kids’ Smart Watch Companies in Time Out for COPPA Violation

Answering the centuries’ old question, it appears it is the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) that watches the watchmen. The FTC sent warning letters to a pair of foreign app developers cautioning them that their practices of...more

Health Apps: Convenience Vs. Security Risks

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The pace of innovation in healthcare today has produced an amazing increase in the number of available mobile apps for health-related information. More than 300,000 healthcare apps are available online. These apps are...more

FTC Focuses On Kids’ Geo-Location Devices In Latest COPPA Warnings

by Ifrah PLLC on

A public service announcement of yesteryear posed the following question to parents: “It’s 8:00. Do you know where your children are?” Today’s technology allows parents to answer that question regardless of the time of day....more

Surfing “Tech’s Next Big Wave”: Navigating the Legal Challenges in Digital Health

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Fortune’s April 2018 cover story, “Tech’s Next Big Wave: Big Data Meets Biology,” conveys loudly and clearly that technological innovation is transforming the health care continuum—changing the way care is delivered, as well...more

The Gig Workforce Doesn’t Just Deliver Your Food; It Now Cooks and Serves It Too!

by Fisher Phillips on

I don’t know about you, but the nerd in me occasionally likes to play the “how far can it go” game with the gig economy. In other words, I oftentimes find myself thinking, “can the gig workforce fit in that industry or that...more

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In This Issue: - “Save the Babies!” Cries International Computer Science - Hat Company, FTC Settle “Made in USA” Suit - FTC Takes a Bite out of Tooth Scammers - YouTube Celeb Accuses Former Collaborator of Abuse...more

Loot Box Saga Continues

The flurry of proposed legislative activity around loot boxes continues. State Rep. Rick Hansen (DFL-South Saint Paul) introduced H.F. 4460in Minnesota this week. H.F. 4460 would prohibit game purchases that result in random...more

Uber Drivers’ Class Action Lawsuit Hits Permanent Red Light

Last week, the ridesharing giant, Uber, secured a resounding legal win when a federal judge dismissed a putative class action lawsuit alleging the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by failing to pay drivers...more

Game-maker Sues Lucasfilm over Han Solo Movie

You may have heard of a little movie called Star Wars. If you haven’t, well, I’ve got some movies for you to borrow. The film was released in 1977, and soon spawned a trilogy of movies that are among the most popular film...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Another day, another massive Chinese IPO. This time, its ride-hailing company (and former Uber rival) Didi Chuxing, which could go public later this year and has its sights set on a $70-$80 billion valuation....more

Taking InsurTech on the Road: Mobile App Bumps and Solutions

by Polsinelli on

As insurers, agencies, producers and service companies seek to become more efficient and competitive in the InsurTech marketplace, offering mobile apps seems to be one obvious solution. ...more

Privacy Tip #135 – Cybersecurity Spring Cleaning Tips

Here’s a great idea offered by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Better Business Bureau: while you are doing your spring cleaning, don’t forget to do a digital spring cleaning too—that is, your computer, cellphone...more

Judge Holds UberBLACK Drivers Are Independent Contractors, Not Employees

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On April 11, Judge Michael Baylson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania became the first judge to grant summary judgment on the issue of whether UberBLACK drivers are employees or independent...more

No Win Situation: The Ninth Circuit Finds Mobile Casino Applications Can Be Gambling Despite No Cash Out Mechanism

by Benesch on

The Ninth Circuit just put the entire mobile application industry on notice. Mobile casino applications may constitute gambling under Washington state law. ...more

In-Game Currency Triggers State Gambling Laws, Rendering Mobile Game “Illegal Gambling”

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit concluded on March 28 that virtual currency used in mobile games can qualify as a “thing of value” for the purpose of state gambling laws — a conclusion that, until now, has...more

Keys To The City: Recent Developments In New York City Address Cybersecurity Risks

by Reed Smith on

In the wake of recent cyberattacks, cities and states are taking a stand. On March 29, New York City (the City) Mayor Bill de Blasio announced NYC Secure, an initiative that will include a suspicious activity alert app for...more

Social Gaming Site Excludes Washington Players; Gambling Commission Comments

As previously reported, The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court’s dismissal of a purported class action and held that a social casino game constituted illegal gambling under Washington law. According to...more

NYC Secure Gives New Yorkers Tool to Protect Their Smartphones

On the heels of the ransomware that had the City of Atlanta scrambling last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the launch of “NYC Secure,” a free mobile app that will alert New York City residents of suspicious activity...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

With all that went on between the US and China over the past week alone on tariffs, a timeline may help. Luckily, the Times was thinking of our plight when it put this together....more

Reporting Sexual Harassment In The Digital Age

by Fisher Phillips on

In the wake of #TimesUp and #MeToo, the business world continues to reel over the seemingly shocking realization that sexual harassment is even more pervasive than most had imagined. This movement has forced employers across...more

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