On May 9, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission announced it had issued Orders to File a Special Report to eight mobile device manufacturers requiring them to, for purposes of the FTC’s ongoing study of the mobile ecosystem, provide the FTC with “information about how [the companies] issue security updates to address vulnerabilities in smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices.”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 court in England, although media reports suggest Google will appeal the decision.
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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.
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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

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.
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