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FTC Launches Data Security Initiative

On June 30, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission announced its new "Start With Security" initiative, which will provide businesses with information on data security and how to protect consumer information.… Continue Reading

SEC Cybersecurity Investigations: A How-to Guide

Hunton & Williams LLP partners Lisa Sotto, Scott Kimpel and Matthew Bosher published an article in Westlaw Journal's Securities Litigation & Regulation on SEC Cybersecurity Investigations: A How-to Guide. This blog entry provides a link to download a copy of the article.… Continue Reading

Consumer Groups Drop Out of NTIA Multistakeholder Process Regarding the Commercial Use of Facial Recognition Technology

On June 16, 2015, the Consumer Federation of America announced in a joint statement with other privacy advocacy groups that they would no longer participate in the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration multistakeholder process to develop a code of conduct regarding the commercial use of facial recognition technology.… Continue Reading

Privacy Group Requests D.C. Circuit Review Regarding Lack of Privacy Rules in the FAA’s Proposed Drone Regulations

On March 31, 2015, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) filed a petition (the “Petition”) with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit accusing the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) of unlawfully failing to include privacy rules in the FAA’s proposed framework of regulations for unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), … Continue Reading

FTC Reaches Settlement in First Enforcement Action Against a Retail Tracking Company

On April 23, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission announced that Nomi Technologies has agreed to settle charges stemming from allegations that the company misled consumers with respect to their ability to opt out of the company's mobile device tracking service at retail locations. The settlement marks the FTC's first Section 5 enforcement action against a company that provides tracking services at retailers.… Continue Reading

NTIA Announces New Multistakeholder Process on Drone Privacy

On March 4, 2015, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced a new multistakeholder process seeking comments on best practices concerning privacy, transparency and accountability issues related to the use of commercial and private unmanned aircraft systems, otherwise known as drones.… Continue Reading

Department of Education Releases Guidance for Schools Regarding Terms of Service Offered by Providers of Online Educational Services

On February 26, 2015, the Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center issued guidance to assist schools, school districts and vendors with understanding the primary laws regulating student privacy and how compliance with those laws may be affected by Terms of Service offered by providers of online educational services and mobile applications.… Continue Reading

FTC Releases Report on Internet of Things

On January 27, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission announced the release of a report on the Internet of Things that describes the current state of the Internet of Things, analyzes the benefits and risks of its development, applies privacy principles to the Internet of Things and discusses whether legislation is needed to address this burgeoning area.… Continue Reading

Federal Court Grants Partial Summary Judgment to Government in an Action Against Dish Network Alleging Telemarketing Violations

On January 21, 2015, the FTC announced that a U.S. District Court recently granted partial summary judgment to the federal government in its action against Dish Network alleging that the company placed calls to the National Do-Not-Call Registry and an entity's internal Do-Not-Call list in violation of the Telemarketing Sales Rule.… Continue Reading
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