Tag Archives: Mobile App

Canadian Privacy Commissioner Issues Report on Children’s Educational Apps

Recently, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada issued its 2017 Global Privacy Enforcement Network Sweep results, which focused on certain privacy practices of online educational tools and services targeted at classrooms. The OPC examined the privacy practices of two dozen educational websites and apps used by K-12 students.… Continue Reading

China Publishes First Regulation Expressly Regulating Mobile Apps

On June 28, 2016, the State Internet Information Office of the People’s Republic of China published the Administrative Provisions on Information Services for Mobile Internet Applications (the “App Administrative Provisions”). This is the first regulation that expressly regulates mobile apps in the People’s Republic of China. Before the App Administrative Provisions were published, the P.R.C. … 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 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

HHS Releases Guidance on Health Apps and HIPAA Security Rule Crosswalk

Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights published guidance on the use of mobile health apps as well as a crosswalk that maps the National Institute of Standards and Technology Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Framework to the HIPAA Security Rule.… 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

Delaware Governor Signs Set of Online Privacy Bills

Delaware Governor Jack Markell recently signed four bills into law concerning online privacy. The bills, drafted by the Delaware Attorney General, focus on protecting the privacy of website and mobile app users, children, students and crime victims.… Continue Reading

French Data Protection Authority Reveals 2015 Inspection Program

On May 25, 2015, the French Data Protection Authority released its long-awaited annual inspection program for 2015, announcing that a target of 550 inspections was set for 2015, including 350 on-site inspections, document reviews or hearings and 200 online inspections. This blog entry provides a summary of the program.… Continue Reading

NTIA Announces New Multistakeholder Process on Drone Privacy

On March 4, 2015, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced a new multistakeholder process seeking comments on best practices concerning privacy, transparency and accountability issues related to the use of commercial and private unmanned aircraft systems, otherwise known as drones.… Continue Reading

Department of Education Releases Guidance for Schools Regarding Terms of Service Offered by Providers of Online Educational Services

On February 26, 2015, the Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center issued guidance to assist schools, school districts and vendors with understanding the primary laws regulating student privacy and how compliance with those laws may be affected by Terms of Service offered by providers of online educational services and mobile applications.… Continue Reading

Article 29 Working Party Clarifies Scope of Health Data Processed by Lifestyle and Wellbeing Apps

On February 5, 2015, the Article 29 Working Party published a letter that responds to a request of the European Commission to clarify the scope of health data processed by lifestyle and wellbeing apps. In the letter, the Working Party identifies the criteria to determine when personal data qualifies as "health data," and provides recommendations on the treatment of health data in the proposed EU Regulation.… Continue Reading

FTC Warns Foreign-Based App Developer of Potential COPPA Violations

On December 22, 2014, the FTC announced that it notified China-based BabyBus that several of the company’s mobile apps appear to be in violation of the COPPA Rule. The accusations stem from the company's alleged failure to obtain verifiable parental consent prior to its apps collecting and disclosing the precise geolocation information of users under the age of 13 in the U.S.… Continue Reading
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