On November 14, 2022, Google LLC agreed to a $391.5 million settlement with the attorneys general of 40 U.S. states over the company’s location tracking controls available in its user account settings.
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On August 29, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission announced a civil action against digital marketing data broker Kochava Inc. for “selling geolocation data from hundreds of millions of mobile devices that can be used to trace movements of individuals to and from sensitive locations.”
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On September 15, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law the California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act. The Act, which takes effect July 1, 2024, places new legal obligations on companies with respect to online products and services that are likely to be accessed by children under the age of 18.
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On January 18, 2022, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law Assembly Bill No. 3950, requiring employers to provide written notice to employees prior to the use of tracking devices in vehicles used by employees. The Act will go into effect on April 18, 2022.
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On December 15, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission announced a $2 million settlement with OpenX Technologies in connection with alleged violations of the COPPA Rule and the FTC Act. The FTC alleged that OpenX knowingly collected personal information from children under 13 without parental consent and collected geolocation data from users who opted out of being tracked.
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On July 13, 2020, the Italian Data Protection Authority (Garante per la protezione dei dati personali, “Garante”) announced that it levied a €16,729,600 fine on telecoms provider Wind Tre S.p.A. (“Wind Tre”) for several unlawful data processing activities, mostly related to direct marketing.

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