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Sears Tries to Sell FTC on Settlement Tweaks

Should the Federal Trade Commission revise its 2009 settlement with Sears involving the company’s data security practices? In an administrative complaint, the FTC alleged that Sears Holdings Management Corp. failed to...more

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

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 16

by Jones Day on

UNITED STATES - Regulatory—Policy, Best Practices, and Standards - United States and China Renew Promise Not to Hack - On October 4, U.S. and Chinese officials agreed to not engage in targeted hacking. Per a...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

Privacy Perils: Phishing in the Ocean of Apps

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

News about phishing attacks implemented through email and websites is very common (see Déjà vu All Over Again; American Express – New Bait for an Old Phishing Lure; Beware of Text Scam, iPhone Users; Beware New Hacker Scheme...more

Children's Products and the "Internet of Things": Data Privacy Beyond COPPA

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In this internet age, "smart" children’s products—those that collect, transmit or store electronic data—are on the rise. By some estimates, the smart toy market will reach $11.3 billion in sales by 2020. Manufacturers of...more

Apple X’s Face ID Feature Places Spotlight on Facial Recognition Technology, Raising Numerous Mobile Privacy and Data Usage Issues

This week’s Apple X announcement was not more than a few hours old, and the questions began to come in. Apple’s introduction of Face ID facial recognition on its new phone – although already available in some form on several...more

Protecting Your Privacy Online Is Possible

Navigating the crossroads of security and convenience is a balancing act, but it can be done. Two minutes. That’s all it takes to perform a Google search on yourself—or anyone you choose—and obtain a virtual encyclopedia...more

FTC Schools “Smart” Toys with Updated COPPA Compliance Guidance

by Hogan Lovells on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released an updated guidance document for complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). The revised guidance, released on June 21, 2017, explicitly identifies...more

FTC Reaffirms that IoT Devices Must Comply with COPPA

The Internet of Things (“IoT”) can be thought of as a group of different devices that can communicate with each other, perhaps over a network such as the internet. We have written extensively about many of the privacy...more

VTech Escapes Class Action Case Over Breach of 11 Million Toy Users’ Information

In November 2015, VTech Electonics North America LLC (VTech) announced that an unauthorized party infiltrated its network and gained access to the personal information of 5 million adults and 6.5 million children through its...more

FTC Updates COPPA Guidance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released an updated version of its guidance on complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) on June 21, 2017. Companies that collect personal information from...more

ALERT – FTC Issues Updated Guidance for Compliance with COPPA

by Sedgwick LLP on

On June 21, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updated its guidance for compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). COPPA regulates websites and other online services in connection with...more

Not A Minor Issue! FTC Updates COPPA Compliance Plan

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updated its guidance for businesses on complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA) . If a website operator or operator of online services collects...more

Mobile Apps: Key Privacy, Security and Data Collection Considerations

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Over the past three years, mobile application usage in the U.S. has increased by 111%, and over 50% of digital media consumption in the U.S. is now through mobile apps. As consumer use of mobile apps continues to rise, the...more

Privacy Tip #91 – Teen App Wishbone Compromised—Female Teenagers at Risk

Social networking app Wishbone, which is used primarily by teenage girls to vote on various teenage type quizzes, like favorite entertainers or fashion, has been hacked....more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - May 2017

In this edition of our Privacy and Cybersecurity Update, we take a look at the Trump administration's executive order outlining its cybersecurity plans, Acting FTC Chairwoman Maureen Ohlhausen's comments on the possible...more

San Francisco’s Mass Transit Agency Accused of Illegally Collecting and Transmitting Smart Phone Data Through Security App

by Reed Smith on

San Francisco’s public transportation agency and the creator of the agency’s suspicious activity reporting smart phone application have been accused of illegally collecting, tracking, and storing users’ personal information...more

Litigation Alert: Eleventh Circuit Expands Standing to Bring Video Privacy Protection Act Actions But Also Limits Their Scope

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit held that allegations that personally identifiable information was disclosed without consent in violation of the Video Privacy Protection Act were sufficient to...more

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

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

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

Illinois “Right to Know” Bill Passed Out Of Senate Judiciary Committee; Moves To Illinois State Senate

by King & Spalding on

On March 14, 2017, the Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill requiring websites and apps to notify their Illinois customers of the types of personally identifiable information they collect, disclose and sell....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

Data Privacy and Security: A Practical Guide for In-House Counsel, 2017 Edition

by Bryan Cave on

Boulder Partner David Zetoony published the 2017 edition of his handbook, Data Privacy and Security: A Practical Guide for In-House Counsel, on Jan. 28 – Data Privacy Day. The guide provides an overview of laws relevant to a...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

New Tool in Calif. AG’s Privacy Enforcement Efforts: Consumers

by Reed Smith on

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is enlisting new enforcers in her efforts to get companies to comply with the state’s privacy policy requirements: members of the public. On October 14, Harris released an online...more

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