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New Safe Harbor Deal Between EU and U.S. May Be Imminent

According to Bloomberg BNA, Paul F. Nemitz, Director for Fundamental Rights and Union Citizenship at the Directorate-General Justice of the European Commission, said at a privacy conference that he hoped a new U.S.-EU Safe Harbor agreement would be reached by the evening of Monday, February 1, 2016.… Continue Reading

Taiwan Amends Personal Data Protection Law

Taiwan’s Office of the President recently issued an order to promulgate certain amendments to Taiwan’s Personal Data Protection Law. The Amendments revise 12 articles in the PDPL concerning the collection and use of sensitive personal data, the form of consent for the collection of non-sensitive personal data, and the imposition of criminal liability for certain violations of the PDPL. … Continue Reading

FTC Releases New Report on Big Data

On January 6, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission released its report on big data entitled Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? Understanding the Issues. The report is a compilation of a seminar on alternative scoring products, the discussions at a big data public workshop held on September 15, 2014, and other recent research and public commentary on the issue.… Continue Reading

Anti-Terrorism Law Enacted in China

On December 27, 2015, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China published the P.R.C. Anti-Terrorism Law. The law was enacted in response to a perceived growing threat from extremists and terrorists, particularly in regions in Western China, and came into effect on January 1, 2016.… Continue Reading

FTC Issues Guidance on Native Advertising: Businesses Must Consider the Likelihood of Consumer Confusion

The Federal Trade Commission issued enforcement guidance on “native advertising” — ads that purposely are formatted to appear as noncommercial and are integrated into surrounding editorial content. The agency’s guidance took two parts: an Enforcement Policy Statement on deceptively formatted ads, and a Guide for Business on native advertising. Importantly, the FTC notes that its policy statement does not apply just to advertisers but also applies to other parties that help create the content: ad agencies, ad networks and potentially, publishers.… Continue Reading

California Attorney General Announces $25 Million Settlement with Comcast

On December 15, 2015, the California Attorney General announced an approximately 25 million dollar settlement with Comcast Cable Communications, LLC stemming from allegations that Comcast disposed of electronic equipment (1) without properly deleting customer information from the equipment and (2) in landfills that are not authorized to accept electronic equipment.… Continue Reading

FTC Issues COPPA Settlements Against Mobile App Operators

On December 17, 2015, the FTC announced a pair of COPPA settlements against operators of child-direct mobile apps available for download in the major app stores. These cases are the FTC’s first COPPA actions involving the collection of persistent identifiers from children since the FTC’s updated COPPA Rule went into effect in 2013.… Continue Reading

Wyndham Settles FTC Charges in FTC v. Wyndham

On December 9, 2015, the FTC announced that Wyndham Worldwide Corporation settled charges brought by the FTC stemming from allegations that the company unfairly failed to maintain reasonable data security practices.… Continue Reading

FCC Reaches Settlement with Cable Operator over Customer Data Breach

On November 5, 2015, the Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) entered into a Consent Decree with cable operator Cox Communications to settle allegations that the company failed to properly protect customer information when the company’s electronic data systems were breached in August 2014 by a hacker. The FCC alleged that Cox failed … Continue Reading

FCC Cites Lyft Inc. and First National Bank Corp. for TCPA Violations

On September 11, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) announced that Lyft Inc. (“Lyft”) and First National Bank Corporation (“FNB”) violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) by forcing their users to consent to receive automated text messages as a condition of using their services. The FCC warned that these violations could result in fines … Continue Reading
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