Tag Archives: Consumer Protection

China Enacts Administrative Measures for Online Payment Businesses

Recently, the People's Bank of China published Administrative Measures for Online Payment Business of Non-bank Payment Institutions. These measures were enacted to provide further details on the regulation of the online payment business in supplement to earlier measures published on June 14, 2010.… Continue Reading

FTC Issues Guidance on Native Advertising: Businesses Must Consider the Likelihood of Consumer Confusion

The Federal Trade Commission issued enforcement guidance on “native advertising” — ads that purposely are formatted to appear as noncommercial and are integrated into surrounding editorial content. The agency’s guidance took two parts: an Enforcement Policy Statement on deceptively formatted ads, and a Guide for Business on native advertising. Importantly, the FTC notes that its policy statement does not apply just to advertisers but also applies to other parties that help create the content: ad agencies, ad networks and potentially, publishers.… Continue Reading

California Attorney General Announces $25 Million Settlement with Comcast

On December 15, 2015, the California Attorney General announced an approximately 25 million dollar settlement with Comcast Cable Communications, LLC stemming from allegations that Comcast disposed of electronic equipment (1) without properly deleting customer information from the equipment and (2) in landfills that are not authorized to accept electronic equipment.… Continue Reading

U.S. Congress Releases Compromise Bill on Cybersecurity Information Sharing

On December 16, 2015, leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate released an omnibus spending bill that contained cybersecurity information sharing language that is based on a compromise between the Senate’s Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act and two cybersecurity information sharing bills that passed in the House earlier this year. … Continue Reading

Wyndham Settles FTC Charges in FTC v. Wyndham

On December 9, 2015, the FTC announced that Wyndham Worldwide Corporation settled charges brought by the FTC stemming from allegations that the company unfairly failed to maintain reasonable data security practices.… Continue Reading

China Publishes New Regulation for Personal Data Security in the Courier Industry

On November 16, 2015, the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council of the People's Republic of China published a draft Regulation for Couriers and requested public comment on the draft regulation, which imposes certain obligations on courier companies with respect to verifying and protecting personal information. Interested parties have until mid-December 2015 to submit comments. … Continue Reading

FCC Reaches Settlement with Cable Operator over Customer Data Breach

On November 5, 2015, the Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) entered into a Consent Decree with cable operator Cox Communications to settle allegations that the company failed to properly protect customer information when the company’s electronic data systems were breached in August 2014 by a hacker. The FCC alleged that Cox failed … Continue Reading

FCC to Tackle Issue of Broadband Privacy

On November 2, 2015, Federal Communications Commission Chairman, Tom Wheeler, indicated in an interview that the agency would take on the issue of broadband privacy within the next several months, most likely in the form of a notice of proposed rulemaking. … Continue Reading

Senate Passes Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act

On October 27, 2015, the U.S. Senate passed S.754 - Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 by a vote of 74 to 21. This bill is intended to facilitate and encourage the sharing of Internet traffic information between and among companies and the federal government to prevent cyber attacks.… Continue Reading

CJEU Applies Broad Territorial Scope to EU Data Protection Law

On October 1, 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the “CJEU”) issued its judgment in Weltimmo v Nemzeti (Case C-230/14). Weltimmo, a company registered and headquartered in Slovakia, runs a website that allows property owners in Hungary to advertise their properties. The CJEU stated that, in some cases, Weltimmo had failed to … Continue Reading

SEC Announces Settlement Order and Publishes Investor Alert

On September 22, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced a settlement order with an investment adviser for failing to establish cybersecurity policies and procedures, and published an investor alert entitled Identity Theft, Data Breaches, and Your Investment Accounts.… Continue Reading
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