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Ninth Circuit Rejects VPPA Claims of Roku Channel User, Declining to Adopt Broad Definition of PII

In a decision that clarified aspects of the video privacy landscape, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of an action alleging a violation of the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) based on an assertion that ESPN’s...more

Protecting Kids' Information Under the COPPA Cabana

In August 2017, Disney and three of its software developer vendors were sued in a class action in California in which it was alleged that Disney collected children’s information in violation of the Children's Online Privacy...more

Cybersecurity Awareness: Limiting Your Exposure and Visibility

We spend so much time on our mobile phones and on social media, yet often we don’t think of how these tools are broadcasting our lives as we work and play. With just a few steps, you can limit what you are digitally telling...more

Second Circuit Upholds Uber’s Mobile Contracting Process, Establishing Template for Mobile Online Contracting

In recent years, courts have issued varying rulings as to whether online or mobile users adequately consented to user agreements or terms of service when completing an online purchase or registering for a service. In each...more

Privacy Perils: Weather Apps Tracking more than Weather Patterns

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

If you're like millions of Americans, you use the AccuWeather app for iOS to keep up to date about whether the weekend's forecast means fun in the sun or hiding out from the rain. It turns out that AccuWeather may have been...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

Privacy TIp #86 - Android Users Vulnerable to Malware through Apps

University of Michigan researchers have discovered that hundreds of applications in Google Play turn Android phones into a server that allow the user to connect the phone directly to a PC and leave open insecure ports...more

Mobile targeting: A ‘secret weapon’ for good or ill?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

It’s an advertiser’s dream — the ability to target customers through their mobile devices, right to down to where they are and what they are doing. But can such precisely targeted messages become a recipient’s nightmare?...more

Knowing Where You Are, When You Are: Creepy or competitive? The privacy and security issues involved with geo-location tracking

by Bryan Cave on

Smartphones, smartphone apps, websites, and other connected devices (e.g., “wearables”) increasingly request that consumers provide their geo-location information. Geo-location information can refer to general information...more

Privacy TIp #79 – Consumer Reports Will Help Us With Privacy + Security of Products

What a great idea! Trusty Consumer Reports has announced that it is collaborating with three cybersecurity firms to “create a new standard that safeguards consumers’ security and privacy—and we hope industry will use...more

Indianapolis Colts Set Their Eyes for Home-Field Advantage in Second Class Action Complaint

by Reed Smith on

As a follow-up to our previous article, the Indianapolis Colts are moving to move venues in a federal class action lawsuit to Indiana. The plaintiff alleges that the beacon technology integrated in the Colts mobile...more

A Defendant’s Understanding of Infringement Contentions Is Not Enough To Comply With The Patent Local Rules

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Order Granting Motion to Strike, Staying Discovery, and Granting Leave to Amend, GeoVector Corporation v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, Case No. 16-cv02463-WHO (Judge William H. Orrick) - Albert Einstein once noted: “Any...more

WhatsApp security flaw, lawsuit in Germany

Tobias Boelter, a University of California Berkeley cryptography researcher claims that last year he found a security flaw in WhatsApp’s encrypted smart phone messaging application. The flaw, which relates to the unique...more

Indianapolis Colts Want Class Action on Recording Conversations Moved to Home Stadium

The Indianapolis Colts mobile app is alleged by a putative class to record fans’ private conversations. In the putative class action, the named plaintiff alleges that the mobile app secretly activates the smart phone’s...more

FCC Considers Investigation of 911 Mobile Device Apps

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On December 19, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission’s (Commission) Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (Bureau) issued a Public Notice (Notice) seeking comment on a letter from the National Association of State...more

New Textalyzer App May Eliminate Distracted Driving

by Howard Ankin on

New York lawmakers have proposed to give police officers a new device called a Textalyzer to help reduce the high number of distracted driving accidents that result in serious injuries and fatalities. In Chicago, a car...more

Website Design Implicated in Two Rulings on Enforceability of Online Terms – Highlights the Importance of Legal Review of Design...

This past summer, we wrote about two instances in which courts refused to enforce website terms presented in browsewrap agreements. As we noted, clickthrough agreements are generally more likely to be found to be enforced. ...more

Privacy Tip #61 – Beware of Fake Apps that are Gearing Up for the Holiday Season

The New York Times reported last week that “hundreds of fake retail and product apps have popped up in Apple’s App Store in recent weeks”—just in time to deceive holiday shoppers....more

Enforcement of DAA Cross Device Tracking Guidance Set to Begin in Early 2017

In October, the Digital Advertising Alliance announced that it will commence enforcement of its guidance on cross-device tracking on February 1, 2017. Although the DAA published the guidance in November of 2015, it has...more

Bluetooth Beacons: What You Need to Know

by Perkins Coie on

Bluetooth beacons can be a powerful tool for customer engagement. The 2015 holiday season saw retailers experimenting with this kind of proximity marketing, and 2016 is looking like it will see the large-scale deployment of...more

A Selfie’s Worth a Thousand Dollars

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A picture might be worth a thousand words, but could it also be worth a thousand dollars? New technology by MasterCard and Amazon may mean that the new hammock you’ve been eying online is only a camera flash away....more

High Tech Way to Prevent Texting While Driving

by Howard Ankin on

Technology can disable cell phone use while driving, which could prevent many texting-related accidents. Illinois law prohibits the use of all hand-held devices while operating a motor vehicle. Calls, texts, and browsing the...more

SEC Says Mobile Phone Game is an Illegal Security-Based Swap

I previously discussed an SEC Investor Alert which said fantasy stock trading for small amounts of money can violate provisions of securities laws implemented by the Dodd-Frank Act. According to the SEC, the terms “swap,”...more

Cell Phones at the Workplace: Protecting Employee Safety

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As OSHA’s enforcement relating to employee cell phone use gains more notoriety, it can be expected that it will have a significant collateral impact on law enforcement at all levels to address this hazard....more

Recent FTC Consent Decree with InMobi for Unlawful Geolocational Tracking Provides Insight for App Developers

Recently in United States v. InMobi Pte Ltd., the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) set a new standard for geolocational tracking. The FTC told app developers and app marketers one simple rule: honor consumers location privacy...more

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