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FTC Releases Report on Internet of Things

On January 27, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission announced the release of a report on the Internet of Things that describes the current state of the Internet of Things, analyzes the benefits and risks of its development, applies privacy principles to the Internet of Things and discusses whether legislation is needed to address this burgeoning area.… Continue Reading

FTC Chair Calls for Security by Design, Data Minimization and Notice and Choice for Unexpected Uses in Remarks on the Internet of Things at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show

On January 6, 2015, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez gave the opening remarks at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. She addressed the key challenges the Internet of Things poses to consumer privacy and how companies can find appropriate solutions that build consumer trust. … Continue Reading

FTC Warns Foreign-Based App Developer of Potential COPPA Violations

On December 22, 2014, the FTC announced that it notified China-based BabyBus that several of the company’s mobile apps appear to be in violation of the COPPA Rule. The accusations stem from the company's alleged failure to obtain verifiable parental consent prior to its apps collecting and disclosing the precise geolocation information of users under the age of 13 in the U.S.… Continue Reading

Centre Discusses the Risk-Based Approach to Privacy and APEC-EU Interoperability at IAPP Brussels

At the IAPP's recent Europe Data Protection Congress in Brussels, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams led two panels on the risk-based approach to privacy as a tool for implementing existing privacy principles more effectively and on codes of conduct as a means for creating interoperability between different privacy regimes.… Continue Reading

Centre's Risk Workshop II in Brussels Emphasizes that Risk-Based Approach to Privacy Does Not Change Legal Obligations but Helps Calibrate Their Effective Implementation

On November 18, 2014, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams held the second workshop in its ongoing work on the risk-based approach to privacy and a Privacy Risk Framework. Approximately 70 Centre members, privacy regulators and other privacy experts met in Brussels to discuss the benefits and challenges of the risk-based approach, operationalizing risk assessments within organizations, and employing risk analysis in enforcement. … Continue Reading

FTC Reaches Settlement with Online Marketers Over Text Message Spamming, Robocalling and Mobile Cramming Charges

On October 22, 2014, the FTC announced that several interrelated online marketing and advertising companies agreed to pay nearly 10 million USD to settle allegations that they engaged in a pattern of text message spamming, robocalling and mobile cramming practices in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act, the Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act, and the Telemarketing Sales Rule.… Continue Reading

Obama's New Executive Order Focuses on Securing Consumer Payments

Today, the White House announced that the President signed a new executive order focused on cybersecurity. The signed executive order, entitled Improving the Security of Consumer Financial Transactions, focuses on securing consumer transactions and sensitive personal data handled by the U.S. Federal Government.… Continue Reading

FTC Announces Settlement with AT&T in Mobile Cramming Case

On October 8, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced an 80 million USD settlement with AT&T Mobility, LLC stemming from allegations that the company charged its customers without their consent for services provided by third-parties, a practice known as mobile cramming.… Continue Reading

FTC Settles COPPA Violation Charges Against Yelp and TinyCo

On September 17, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced that online review site Yelp and mobile app developer TinyCo have agreed to settle separate charges that they collected personal information from children without parental consent in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule.… Continue Reading

FTC Settles with Google for Kids' In-App Purchases

On September 4, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced a proposed settlement with Google Inc. (“Google”) stemming from allegations that the company unfairly billed consumers for mobile app charges incurred by children. The FTC’s complaint alleges that since 2011, Google violated the FTC Act’s prohibition on unfair commercial practices by billing consumers for in-app charges … Continue Reading
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