On August 1, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission released a new staff report examining the consumer protection implications of popular mobile device applications that provide shopping and in-store purchase services.… Continue Reading
The recently publicized Secure Sockets Layer bug affecting Apple products raises a question regarding insurance coverage: as The Internet of Things expands, who will be held liable for damage caused by coding errors that create security risks?… Continue Reading
On January 24, 2014, the Chamber Court of Berlin rejected Facebook's appeal of an earlier judgment and imposed certain restrictions on Facebook's use of the "Find a Friend" feature and its privacy notices. This case continues a trend of German consumer protection organizations bringing successful claims for data protection law breaches against international businesses. … Continue Reading
On January 15, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced a proposed settlement with Apple Inc. stemming from allegations that the company billed consumers for mobile app charges incurred by children without their parents' consent. Apple agreed to pay a minimum of 32.5 million USD to provide refunds to consumers and to change its billing practices no later than March 31, 2014. … Continue Reading
On January 16, 2014 the High Court in London rejected submissions made on behalf of Google Inc. (“Google”) that the case brought against it by three UK-based users of Apple’s Safari browser should be heard in the U.S., rather than before an English court. The decision means that the case could be heard before a … Continue Reading
The Luxembourg data protection authority has stated that it will not investigate complaints relating to the alleged involvement of Microsoft Luxembourg and Skype Software S.a.r.l. and Skype Communications S.a.r.l. in the PRISM surveillance program.… Continue Reading
On November 13, 2013, Google entered into a $17 million settlement agreement with the attorneys general from 37 states and the District of Columbia related to allegations that the company bypassed users’ cookie-blocking settings on Apple’s Safari browser in 2011 and 2012. The settlement requires Google to refrain from bypassing cookie controls in the future … Continue Reading
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
On November 16, 2011, the French Data Protection Authority published its Annual Activity Report for 2010. The Report highlights the CNIL’s major accomplishments from 2010 and its priorities for 2011, and includes recommendations for the revision of the EU data protection framework.… Continue Reading
On August 15, 2011, the Federal Trade Commission announced its first settlement involving mobile applications, imposing a $50,000 penalty for a mobile app developer's violations of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and the FTC's COPPA Rule.
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On June 15, 2011, Senators Al Franken and Richard Blumenthal introduced a bill intended to "close current loopholes in federal law to ensure that consumers know what location information is being collected about them and allow them to decide if they want to share it."
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In late December 2010, consumers filed two class action lawsuits against Apple Inc., claiming that several applications they downloaded from Apple's App Store sent their personal information to third parties without their consent.
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A computer user’s failure to secure his wireless network contributed to the defeat of his claim that a neighbor’s unwelcome access to his files violated the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”). The ECPA places restrictions on unauthorized interception of, and access to, electronic communications.… Continue Reading