On November 12, 2020, Chief Judge Nancy J. Rosenstengel of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois rejected Apple Inc.’s (“Apple’s”) motion to dismiss a class action alleging its facial recognition software violates Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”). Judge Rosenstengel agreed with Apple, however, that the federal court lacks subject matter jurisdiction over portions of the complaint.

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On August 6, 2020, President Trump signed executive orders imposing new economic sanctions under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the National Emergencies Act against TikTok and WeChat. The orders potentially affect tens of millions of U.S. users of these applications and billions of users worldwide.
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On April 16, 2020, the European eHealth Network published a common EU Toolbox for the use of contact tracing and warning apps in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Toolbox is part of the common EU coordinated approach to using COVID-19 mobile apps. The Toolbox was accompanied by guidance from the European Commission on data protection and privacy aspects of the use of such apps.
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On May 6, 2019, the FTC announced that three dating apps were removed from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store following an FTC letter alleging that the apps potentially violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and the Federal Trade Commission Act.
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On August 30, 2018, Apple announced a June update to its App Store Review Guidelines that will require each developer to provide its privacy policy as part of the app review process and include in such policy specific content requirements. Effective October 3, 2018, all new apps and app updates must include a link to the developer’s privacy policy before they can be submitted for distribution to users through the App Store or through TestFlight external testing.
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