Tag Archives: Penalty

FTC Settles with Apple for Kids' In-App Purchases

On January 15, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced a proposed settlement with Apple Inc. stemming from allegations that the company billed consumers for mobile app charges incurred by children without their parents' consent. Apple agreed to pay a minimum of 32.5 million USD to provide refunds to consumers and to change its billing practices no later than March 31, 2014. … Continue Reading

Recent Data Breach Events in China

The Chinese government has devoted a significant amount of attention to the protection of personal information, including the promulgation of a number of new data protection regulations. This focus is also illustrated by recent actions relating to crimes involving personal information, a number of which are highlighted in this blog entry.… Continue Reading

State AGs Reach Settlement with Google on Safari Tracking

On November 13, 2013, Google entered into a $17 million settlement agreement with the attorneys general from 37 states and the District of Columbia related to allegations that the company bypassed users’ cookie-blocking settings on Apple’s Safari browser in 2011 and 2012. The settlement requires Google to refrain from bypassing cookie controls in the future … Continue Reading

ICO Stresses Importance of Encryption for Data Security

On August 28, 2013, on the UK Information Commissioner’s Office’s (“ICO’s”) blog, Simon Rice, Technology Group Manager for the ICO, discussed the importance of encryption as a data security measure. He stated that storing any personal information is “inherently risky” but encryption can be a “simple and effective means” to safeguard personal information and reduce … Continue Reading

FTC Announces 3.5 Million Dollar Settlement in FCRA Case

On August 15, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission announced a 3.5 million dollar settlement with Cetergy following allegations that the check authorization service violated various provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, including requirements concerning accuracy of consumer reports and dispute investigation and resolution procedures. … Continue Reading

HHS Settles with Affinity Health Plan Over Photocopier Security Breach

On August 14, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a resolution agreement and 1.2 million dollar settlement with Affinity Health Plan stemming from an information security breach that affected approximately 350,000 individuals whose data was stored on the hard drives of leased photocopiers.… Continue Reading

UK ICO Fines Company GBP 90,000 for Nuisance Calls

On March 20, 2012, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office announced that it has issued a monetary penalty of GBP 90,000 against DM Design Bedrooms Ltd. for making thousands of unwanted marketing calls. More penalties are likely in the coming weeks.… Continue Reading

European Data Privacy Day Expert Panel Provides 30-Year Retrospective on UK Data Protection

On January 28, 2013, the London office of Hunton & Williams hosted an event in honor of European Data Privacy Day, assembling a unique panel of the current and three former UK Information Commissioners, and the UK Minister of State for Justice Lord McNally. In this blog entry, we provide highlights of each presentation, including background information on data protection law in the UK.… Continue Reading

UK ICO Fines Sony GBP 250,000

On January 24, 2013, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office issued a monetary penalty against Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited for an April 2011 data security incident.… Continue Reading