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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

FinCEN Assesses Penalty Against Former MoneyGram Compliance Officer

On December 18, 2014, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network issued a 1 million USD civil penalty against the former Chief Compliance Officer of MoneyGram International, Inc. based on allegations that the company inadequately responded to consumer fraud complaints and failed to meet its legal obligations under the Bank Secrecy Act.… Continue Reading

In a Surprising Move, Congress Passes Four Cybersecurity Bills

In a flurry of activity on cybersecurity, the U.S. Congress unexpectedly approved four cybersecurity bills that clarify the role of the Department of Homeland Security in private-sector information sharing, codify the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s cybersecurity framework, reform oversight of federal information systems, and enhance the cybersecurity workforce. … Continue Reading

Federal District Court Grants Motion to Dismiss a Class Action Alleging Impermissible Sharing of Personal Information Under the Video Privacy Protection Act

On October 8, 2014, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia granted Cartoon Network, Inc.’s (“Cartoon Network’s”) motion to dismiss a putative class action alleging that Cartoon Network’s mobile app impermissibly disclosed users’ personally identifiable information (“PII”) to a third-party data analytics company under the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”).… Continue Reading

FCC Announces Intended $10 Million Fine in First Data Security Case

On October 24, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it intends to impose a $10 million fine on TerraCom, Inc. and YourTel American, Inc. for violating privacy laws relating to their customers' personal information. This announcement marks the first data security case and largest privacy action brought by the FCC to date.… Continue Reading
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