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FTC Settles First-Ever Action Against Individual “Influencers”
September 18, 2017
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September 18, 2017
Biometric data — from, e.g., retina, face and fingerprint scans — plays a big role in the current wave of new technology services. For example, biometrics provide security features for financial and healthcare products. But companies using or thinking of using biometric data have to comply with myriad privacy and data security laws and regulations, or face potential enforcement action and litigation.
February 16, 2017
The Oculus Rift has been one of the most anticipated technology developments in modern video game history. Now — as a result of avoidable mistakes — it is also a teaching case for lawyers advising clients in the interactive entertainment space. Here's a rundown of the case and the traps the developers fell into.
February 9, 2017
In the few weeks since its release, Pokémon™ GO has dominated the interactive entertainment landscape. The augmented reality game has reportedly achieved more than 30 million downloads and lots of buzz. But as its popularity grows, so do questions about its legal implications - including the use of landmarks, buildings, monuments, and other frequented locations.
July 27, 2016
Here is some news about an important new resource for mobile app developers working in the healthcare space.
April 12, 2016
Here's some news for companies that have to comply with the privacy provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ("HIPAA"). The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS") has announced plans to begin auditing compliance in early 2016.
October 20, 2015
In a recent landmark decision, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the "CJEU") declared the EU-U.S. safe harbor invalid. The ruling comes out of the Schrems v. Facebook case, which has become one of the most widely followed and significant global data privacy cases to date.
October 16, 2015
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed this week that the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") has the authority to declare companies' data security practices "unfair" under Section 5 of the FTC Act.
September 2, 2015
Starting on September 1, 2015, all companies that collect and use data across sites or apps for interest-based advertising - including carriers, apps, ad networks, brands, agencies and publishers - will be required to demonstrate compliance with the Digital Advertise Alliance's Mobile Guidance on its Self-Regulatory Principles ("DAA Mobile Guidance"), which was issued in July, 2013.
August 6, 2015
While there is no generally applicable federal law in the United States requiring all businesses to take particular steps to secure their sensitive data, the Federal Trade Commission has investigated and penalized numerous companies for failing to implement "reasonable" data security standards.
August 6, 2015
In January, 2012, the EU legislative bodies proposed an updated and more harmonized data protection law to replace the existing EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.
June 4, 2015
A day barely passes without news of a major data breach perpetrated by outsiders who gained unauthorized access to sensitive personal information and intellectual property stored on company computers.
April 10, 2015
New SEC crowdfunding regulations will offer 2 new ways to raise capital via Internet offerings.
April 1, 2015
What is the Internet of Things (the "IoT")? It's the ability of everyday objects to connect to the internet and collect and transmit data.
February 18, 2015
Here's a holiday gift for anyone whose business depends on keeping customer or client data secure: the Frankfurt Kurnit Technology Group's list of six essential steps for data security.
December 2, 2014
The Ninth Circuit recently affirmed what many industry players already recognized: when conducting eCommerce with consumers, the safest practice for businesses looking to enforce their website's terms is to include obvious indicia of consumer consent, possibly through use of a "clickwrap" agreement (where website users are required to affirmatively click on an "I agree" box).
September 3, 2014
While tax incentives for film and television productions receive a lot of publicity, many states offer valuable business incentives for the production or development of video games as well.
August 18, 2014
On August 1, 2014 the Federal Trade Commission issued a study on mobile shopping apps. The report, What's the Deal? An FTC Study on Mobile Shopping Apps, lauded certain mobile shopping apps for providing "beneficial services designed to enhance the consumer shopping experience."
August 11, 2014
Last month, the California Attorney General's Office released guidelines for businesses on how to comply with recent updates to the California Online Privacy Protection Act.
July 15, 2014
That's the important question currently before a federal appeals court - a question with huge implications for advertisers and other custodians of sensitive customer data. How did the question arise?
July 7, 2014
Described by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as "one of the most ambitious economic development programs our state has seen in decades," the recently adopted START-UP NY program, which took effect January 1, 2014, offers eligible businesses and their employees an opportunity to enjoy substantial tax benefits.
February 11, 2014
In February 2013, HTC, one of America's biggest sellers of mobile devices based on the Android, Windows Mobile, and Windows Phone operating systems, settled FTC charges that millions of its smartphones and tablets had security holes that allowed malicious applications to send text messages, record audio, and even install additional malware onto a consumer's HTC device, without users' knowledge or permission.
April 12, 2013
Two new privacy measures are likely to impact organizations that collect information about their customers online.
March 2, 2012
The Federal Trade Commission issued a staff report yesterday that says makers of mobile apps directed at children, the app stores that sell them, and certain third parties providing services within apps (e.g., advertisers), are not providing the information that parents need to understand what data the apps collect and how that data is handled.
February 17, 2012
In the last several weeks, plaintiffs’ lawyers have filed a number of class action lawsuits against businesses for allegedly violating California’s “Shine the Light” privacy law (the “Law”). According to one report, targets include nearly a dozen publishers, including Men’s Journal, Reader’s Digest, and CBS Interactive. The complaints allege that each business failed to comply with its obligations under the Law by not providing California customers with a method for obtaining a disclosure regarding how they share information.
February 15, 2012
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