Tag Archives: Federal Trade Commission

European Commission Adopts Privacy Shield

On July 12, 2016, the EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Vera Jourova and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the formal adoption of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework, which is composed of an Adequacy Decision and accompanying Annexes. … 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

FTC Orders Mobile Device Manufacturers to Provide Information about Security Updates for Study

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."… Continue Reading

FTC Announces First APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules Enforcement Action

On May 4, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission issued a press release announcing its recent settlement with hand-held vaporizers manufacturer Very Incognito Technologies, stemming from charges that the company falsely claimed it had certified under the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Cross-Border Privacy Rules framework.… Continue Reading

FTC Releases Interactive Tool for Mobile Health Apps

The Federal Trade Commission recently released an interactive tool for mobile health apps. The tool was developed in conjunction with several other federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and the Food and Drug Administration.… Continue Reading

How to Safeguard Privacy and Data Security in Corporate Transactions

In a recent article published by Corporate Counsel, Hunton & Williams partner Lisa Sotto and associate Ryan Logan discuss the privacy and data security-related legal issues that arise in corporate transactions, and provide a how-to guide on addressing those issues during the various stages of a transaction.… Continue Reading

European Commission Presents EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

On February 29, 2016, the European Commission issued the legal texts that will implement the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, including a draft adequacy decision of the European Commission, Frequently Asked Questions and a Communication summarizing the steps that have been taken over the last few years to restore trust in transatlantic data flows.… Continue Reading

FTC Settles with Router Manufacturer over Software Security Flaws

On February 23, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it reached a settlement with Taiwanese-based hardware manufacturer ASUSTeK Computer, Inc. to resolve claims that the company engaged in unfair and deceptive security practices in connection with developing network routers and cloud storage products sold to consumers in the U.S.… Continue Reading

FTC Releases New Report on Big Data

On January 6, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission released its report on big data entitled Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? Understanding the Issues. The report is a compilation of a seminar on alternative scoring products, the discussions at a big data public workshop held on September 15, 2014, and other recent research and public commentary on the issue.… 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

FTC Issues COPPA Settlements Against Mobile App Operators

On December 17, 2015, the FTC announced a pair of COPPA settlements against operators of child-direct mobile apps available for download in the major app stores. These cases are the FTC’s first COPPA actions involving the collection of persistent identifiers from children since the FTC’s updated COPPA Rule went into effect in 2013.… 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

Retailer Sued over Allegations that Background Check Consent Form Includes Extraneous Information

As reported in the Hunton Employment & Labor Perspectives Blog: On November 2, 2015, a putative class action was filed against retailer Big Lots Stores, Inc. in Philadelphia, stemming from allegations that the company “systematically” violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act’s (“FCRA’s”) “standalone disclosure requirement” by making prospective employees sign a document used as a … Continue Reading
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