On February 6, 2017, the FTC announced that it has agreed to settle charges that VIZIO, Inc., installed software on about 11 million consumer televisions to collect viewing data without consumers’ knowledge or consent. The stipulated federal court order requires VIZIO to pay 2.2 million dollars to the FTC and New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.
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On October 19, 2016, the Court of Justice of the European Union issued its judgment in Patrick Breyer v. Bundesrepublik Deutschland, following the Opinion of Advocate General earlier this year. The CJEU followed the Opinion of the Advocate General and declared that the dynamic IP address of a website user is considered personal data.
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On October 3, 2016, the Texas Attorney General announced a $30,000 settlement with mobile app developer Juxta Labs stemming from allegations that the company engaged in deceptive practices regarding its collection of personal information from children.
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On August 1, 2013, a federal district court in Minnesota denied a criminal defendant’s motion to suppress evidence, holding that the defendant had no reasonable expectation of privacy in computer files he had shared on a peer-to-peer network.
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On December 19, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission announced the adoption of its amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule. The amendments, which will become effective on July 1, 2013, include updated definitions, expansion and clarification of methods for obtaining verifiable parental consent, application of the Rule to certain third-party data collectors and new data retention and deletion requirements.
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At the 84th Conference of the German Data Protection Commissioners in Frankfurt (Oder), German state data protection authorities and the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information discussed current issues and adopted four Resolutions aimed at harmonizing the application of data protection law across Germany.
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On March 23, 2012, the Article 29 Working Party published an Opinion on the European Commission’s data protection law reform proposals. This post provides highlights from the Opinion and outlines some of the Working Party’s recommendations relevant for businesses.
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