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FTC Recaps Connected Cars Privacy and Security Workshop

On January 9, 2018, the FTC issued a paper recapping the key takeaways from the FTC’s and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s June 2017 workshop on privacy and security issues involving connected cars. The workshop featured representatives from consumer groups, industry, government and academia.… Continue Reading

FTC Settles First Children’s Privacy Case Involving Connected Toys

On January 8, 2018, the FTC announced an agreement with electronic toy manufacturer, VTech Electronics, settling charges that VTech violated COPPA by collecting personal information from hundreds of thousands of children without providing direct notice or obtaining their parent’s consent, and failing to take reasonable steps to secure the data it collected. … Continue Reading

FTC Hosts Workshop on Informational Injury

On December 12, 2017, the FTC hosted a workshop on informational injury in Washington, D.C. where industry experts, policymakers, researchers and legal professionals considered how to best characterize and measure potential injuries and resulting harms to consumers when information about them is misused or inappropriately protected. … Continue Reading

FTC and FCC Announce Cooperation on Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules

Recently, the FTC and FCC announced their intent to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding under which the agencies would coordinate their efforts following the adoption the Restoring Internet Freedom Order. If adopted, the Order would repeal the rules put in place by the FCC in 2015 that prohibit high-speed internet service providers from stopping or slowing down the delivery of websites and from charging customers extra fees for high-quality streaming and other services. … Continue Reading

FCC Releases Plan to Repeal Net Neutrality Rules

Recently, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai released a draft of the Restoring Internet Freedom Order. If adopted, the Order would repeal the rules put in place by the FCC in 2015 that prohibit high-speed internet service providers from stopping or slowing down the delivery of websites and from charging customers extra fees for high-quality streaming and other services. … Continue Reading

Canadian Privacy Commissioner Issues Report on Children’s Educational Apps

Recently, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada issued its 2017 Global Privacy Enforcement Network Sweep results, which focused on certain privacy practices of online educational tools and services targeted at classrooms. The OPC examined the privacy practices of two dozen educational websites and apps used by K-12 students.… Continue Reading

French DPA Publishes a Compliance Pack Regarding Connected Vehicles

On October 17, 2017, the French Data Protection Authority, after a consultation with multiple industry participants that was launched on March 23, 2016, published its compliance pack on connected vehicles in line with its report of October 3, 2016. The pack applies to connected vehicles for private use only, and describes the main principles data controllers must adhere to under both the current French legislation and the EU GDPR.… Continue Reading

Advocate General Rejects Facebook’s Claim of Sole Irish Jurisdiction in EU

On October 24, 2017, an opinion issued by the EU’s Advocate General Bot rejected Facebook’s assertion that its EU data processing activities fall solely under the jurisdiction of the Irish Data Protection Commissioner. The opinion relates to the CJEU case C-210/16, under which the German courts sought to clarify whether the DPA in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein could take action against Facebook regarding its use of web tracking technologies on a German education provider’s fan page without first providing notice. … Continue Reading

Facing Privacy Suits About Facial Recognition: BIPA Cases Move Forward as More States Consider Passing Biometric Data Laws

Recent judicial interpretations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, 740 ILCS 14, present potential litigation risks for retailers who employ biometric-capture technology, such as facial recognition, retina scan or fingerprint software. In a recent client alert, we discuss biometric privacy laws and recent case studies.… Continue Reading
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