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Ad Network to Pay Nearly 1 Million in Civil Penalties to Settle FTC Charges That It Geo-Tracked Consumers Without Permission

On June 22, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it reached a settlement with a mobile advertising company, InMobi, to resolve charges that the company deceptively tracked hundreds of millions of consumers’ locations without their knowledge or consent. Among other requirements, the settlement orders the company to pay 950,000 dollars in civil penalties. … Continue Reading

French Data Protection Authority Reveals 2015 Inspection Program

On May 25, 2015, the French Data Protection Authority released its long-awaited annual inspection program for 2015, announcing that a target of 550 inspections was set for 2015, including 350 on-site inspections, document reviews or hearings and 200 online inspections. This blog entry provides a summary of the program.… Continue Reading

German DPA Appeals Court Decision on Facebook Fan Pages and Suggests Clarification by ECJ on Data Controllership

On January 14, 2015, the data protection authority of the German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein issued an appeal challenging a September 4, 2014 decision by the Administrative Court of Appeals, which held that companies using Facebook’s fan pages cannot be held responsible for data protection law violations committed by Facebook because the companies do not have any control over the use of the data. … Continue Reading

FTC Issues Report on Data Broker Industry, Recommends Legislation

On May 27, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced the release of a new report recommending that Congress consider enacting legislation that would increase transparency in the data broker industry and give consumers more control over how data brokers collect and share their personal information. … Continue Reading

2014 IAPP Global Privacy Summit

Join us at the International Association of Privacy Professionals Global Privacy Summit in Washington, D.C., March 5-7, 2014. Visit us at Booth 2 in the Exhibit Hall.… Continue Reading

UK High Court Rules in Cookies Claim Against Google

On January 16, 2014 the High Court in London rejected submissions made on behalf of Google Inc. (“Google”) that the case brought against it by three UK-based users of Apple’s Safari browser should be heard in the U.S., rather than before an English court. The decision means that the case could be heard before a … Continue Reading

GAO Report Highlights Gaps in U.S. Privacy Laws

On November 15, 2013, the U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report finding that the current federal statutory privacy scheme contains "gaps" and "does not fully reflect" the Fair Information Practice Principles.… Continue Reading

State AGs Reach Settlement with Google on Safari Tracking

On November 13, 2013, Google entered into a $17 million settlement agreement with the attorneys general from 37 states and the District of Columbia related to allegations that the company bypassed users’ cookie-blocking settings on Apple’s Safari browser in 2011 and 2012. The settlement requires Google to refrain from bypassing cookie controls in the future … Continue Reading

Senate Commerce Committee Broadens Data Broker Investigation

On September 25, 2013, Senator Jay Rockefeller expanded his investigation of the data broker industry by sending letters to twelve popular health and personal finance websites requesting information about their data collection and sharing practices. Responses are due by October 11, 2013.… Continue Reading

California Expands Online Privacy Law to Bolster Protection for Minors

On September 23, 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed "Privacy Rights for California Minors in the Digital World" into law, adding new sections concerning California residents under age 18 to the California Online Privacy Protection Act. Changes include a prohibition on online marketing or advertising of certain products to minors, and an obligation to honor requests made by minors who are registered users to remove content posted online. … Continue Reading

EU Court of Justice Advocate-General Issues Opinion in Google Search Case

On June 25, 2013, the Advocate-General of the EU Court of Justice delivered his Opinion in a case against Google that questioned whether individuals have a right to have search result links about them erased. This blog entry provides further details on the case and the Advocate-General's Opinion that individuals have no such right under existing law.… Continue Reading
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