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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 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

FCC Reaches Settlement Over Alleged Do-Not Call Registry Violations

On May 19, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission announced that Sprint Corporation agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle an FCC Enforcement Bureau investigation stemming from allegations that the company failed to honor consumers’ requests to opt out of telemarketing calls and texts. Sprint also agreed to implement a two-year plan to help ensure future … Continue Reading

Revised FCC Telephone and Text Marketing Rules Become Effective October 16, 2013

On October 16, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission's new Telephone Consumer Protection Act rules come into effect. Among other revisions, business will now need to obtain "express written consent" prior to advertising or telemarketing through autodialed calls or texts or prerecorded calls to consumers' mobile numbers. Violations of the new rules may result in substantial fines and statutory damages.… 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

Court Approves 20 Million Dollar Facebook Settlement

On August 26, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California approved a settlement with Facebook related to the company’s alleged misappropriation of certain Facebook members’ personal information in connection with its Sponsored Stories program.… Continue Reading

FTC Issues Updated COPPA FAQs

On July 26, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission announced updates to its frequently asked questions regarding the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998. The updated FAQs respond to issues that have arisen as companies seek to implement the new COPPA Rule that came into effect on July 1, 2013.… 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

German Court Rules Apple’s Privacy Policy Violates German Law

On April 30, 2013, the regional court of Berlin enjoined Apple Sales International, which is based in Ireland, from relying on eight of its existing standard data protection clauses in contracts with customers based in Germany. The court also prohibited Apple’s future use of such clauses.… Continue Reading

A User’s Guide to Online Behavioral Advertising

Internet users have expressed increasing concern about efforts to track their online activities. As the online tracking methods used to target advertisements have expanded in both scope and complexity, regulators have taken notice and have begun to act in the online behavioral tracking and advertising space. In an article published in the November/December 2012 issue … Continue Reading

FTC Announces Updated COPPA Rule

On December 19, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission announced the adoption of its amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule. The amendments, which will become effective on July 1, 2013, include updated definitions, expansion and clarification of methods for obtaining verifiable parental consent, application of the Rule to certain third-party data collectors and new data retention and deletion requirements.… Continue Reading