On February 18, 2022, the Texas Attorney General’s Office announced it was investigating TikTok for alleged child privacy violations and facilitation of human trafficking on its platform.
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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 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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Google has announced that beginning in the second quarter of 2022, developers submitting new apps and app updates to the Google Play store will be required to disclose certain information regarding their apps’ data collection, use, sharing and security practices, as well as provide a privacy policy for their apps.
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The Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton Andrews Kurth has submitted its response to the European Data Protection Board consultation on draft guidelines on virtual voice assistants. The Guidelines were adopted on March 12, 2021 for public consultation.
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