Tag Archives: Consumer Protection

France Adopts Class Action Regime for Data Protection Violations

On November 19, 2016, the French government enacted a bill creating a legal basis for class actions against data controllers and processors resulting from data protection violations. The bill establishes a general class action regime and includes specific provisions regarding data protection violations.… Continue Reading

FINRA Fines Brokerage Firm $650,000 After Cyber Attack

On November 14, 2016, Lincoln Financial Securities Corp., a subsidiary of Lincoln Financial Group, entered into a settlement with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, requiring LFS to pay a 650,000 dollar fine and implement stronger cybersecurity protocols following a 2012 hack into its cloud-based server.… Continue Reading

FinCEN Issues Advisory on SAR Reporting Obligations Involving Cyber Crime

Recently, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network issued an advisory entitled Advisory to Financial Institutions on Cyber-Events and Cyber-Enabled Crime, to help financial institutions understand how to fulfill their Bank Secrecy Act obligations with regard to cyber events and cyber-enabled crime.… Continue Reading

FTC Announces Settlement Over Illegal Telemarketing Calls

On November 1, 2016, the FTC announced that a group of entities known as the Consumer Education Group settled FTC charges that, between late 2013 and 2015, it made millions of telemarketing calls, including pre-recorded robocalls, to consumers on the national Do Not Call Registry, in violation of the Telemarketing Sales Rule.… Continue Reading

CIPL and Telefónica Call for Action on New Approaches to Data Transparency

Recently, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams LLP and Telefónica issued a joint white paper on Reframing Data Transparency. The white paper was the outcome of a June 2016 roundtable held by the two organizations in London, discussing the importance of user-centric transparency to the data driven economy.… Continue Reading

UK ICO Seeks Personal Liability for Directors

On October 13, 2016, Elizabeth Denham, the UK Information Commissioner, suggested at a House of Commons Public Bill Committee meeting that directors of companies who violate data protection laws should be personally liable to pay fines.… Continue Reading

EDPS Issues Opinion on Coherent Enforcement of Fundamental Rights in the Age of Big Data

Recently, the European Data Protection Supervisor released Opinion 8/2016 on the coherent enforcement of fundamental rights in the age of big data. The Opinion updates the EDPS' Preliminary Opinion on Privacy and Competitiveness in the Age of Big Data, first published in 2014, and provides practical recommendations on how the EU's objectives and standards can be applied holistically across the EU institutions.… Continue Reading

New Jersey Moves Forward With Shopper Privacy Bill

On September 15, 2016, the New Jersey Senate unanimously approved a bill that would limit retailers’ ability to collect and use personal data contained on consumers’ driver and non-driver identification cards. The bill, known as the Personal Information and Privacy Protection Act, must now be approved by the New Jersey Assembly.… Continue Reading

Ad Network to Pay Nearly 1 Million in Civil Penalties to Settle FTC Charges That It Geo-Tracked Consumers Without Permission

On June 22, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it reached a settlement with a mobile advertising company, InMobi, to resolve charges that the company deceptively tracked hundreds of millions of consumers’ locations without their knowledge or consent. Among other requirements, the settlement orders the company to pay 950,000 dollars in civil penalties. … Continue Reading

The New Wave of Consumer Class Actions Targeting Retailers: What is the TCCWNA?

TCCWNA. The very acronym evokes head scratches and sighs of angst and frustration among many in the retail industry. The New Jersey Truth-in-Consumer Contract Warranty and Notice Act was passed in 1981 to protect consumers from allegedly deceptive practices in consumer contracts, warranties, notices and signs. Continue reading for an in-depth view of the TCCWNA and what retailers can do to minimize risk. … Continue Reading

New Do-Not-Call List Launched in France

On June 1, 2016, a new do-not-call list was implemented in France. French residents who do not wish to receive marketing phone calls may register their landline or mobile phone number online at www.bloctel.gouv.fr.… Continue Reading
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