On September 14, 2021, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that analytics firm, App Annie Inc., and its co-founder and former CEO, agreed to pay approximately $10 million to settle securities fraud charges for engaging in deceptive practices and making material misrepresentations about “alternative data” sold by the company. Notably, this is the SEC’s first enforcement action charging an alternative data provider with securities fraud.
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On September 15, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission issued a Policy Statement to clarify the scope of the FTC’s Health Breach Notification Rule as it relates to health apps and connected devices.
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On September 1, 2021, the FTC banned the operator of a stalkerware app company and its CEO from offering, promoting, selling or advertising any surveillance app, service or business, alleging that the app allowed purchasers to illegally surveil other individuals by monitoring their device activity without their knowledge.
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On September 2, 2021, Ireland’s Data Protection Commission announced a fine of €225 million ($266 million) against WhatsApp Ireland Ltd for failure to meet the transparency requirements of Articles 12-14 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
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On August 25, 2021, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas sued Rovio Entertainment, the developer of the popular Angry Birds mobile app games, alleging that the Company violated the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act by knowingly collecting data from players under age 13 and sharing it with advertisers.
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On August 2, 2021, the Italian Data Protection Authority announced that it had levied a €2,500,000 fine on Deliveroo Italy s.r.l. for the unlawful processing of personal data of approximately 8,000 Deliveroo riders and various infringements of the GDPR.
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On June 9, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order on Protecting Americans’ Sensitive Data from Foreign Adversaries, which elaborates on measures to address the national emergency regarding the information technology supply chain declared in 2019 by the Trump administration in Executive Order 13873.
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On June 3, 2021, Google informed app developers that beginning in late 2021, when Android 12 OS users opt out of personalized ads, the advertising ID provided by Google Play services will not be made available to app developers for any purpose.
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