On February 28, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission issued a report, titled Mobile Security Updates: Understanding the Issues, that analyzes the process by which mobile devices sold in the U.S. receive security updates and provides recommendations for improvement.… Continue Reading
On February 26, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in an en banc decision that the "common carrier" exception in the Federal Trade Commission Act is "activity-based," and therefore applies only to the extent a common carrier is engaging in common carrier services.… Continue Reading
On February 22, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission published a blog post that provides tips on how consumers can use Virtual Private Network apps to protect their information while in transit over public networks.… Continue Reading
On May 22, 2017, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that the AG’s office has reached a settlement with Safetech Products LLC regarding the company’s sale of insecure Bluetooth-enabled wireless doors and padlocks. This “marks the first time an Attorneys General’s Office has taken legal action against a wireless security company for failing to protect their [customers’] personal and private information.” … Continue Reading
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
On March 28, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced proposed settlements with Fandango and Credit Karma stemming from allegations that the companies misrepresented the security measures they implemented to protect sensitive information transmitted using their mobile apps.… Continue Reading
The recently publicized Secure Sockets Layer bug affecting Apple products raises a question regarding insurance coverage: as The Internet of Things expands, who will be held liable for damage caused by coding errors that create security risks?… Continue Reading
On March 12, 2013, Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen announced that a coalition of 38 states had entered into a $7 million settlement with Google Inc. (“Google”) regarding its collection of unsecured Wi-Fi data via the company’s Street View vehicles between 2008 and 2010. The settlement is the culmination of a multi-year investigation by the … Continue Reading
On May 25, 2012, the FCC issued a public notice seeking comments to update its mobile privacy guidance. The FTC is also working on updating its guidance for mobile privacy and hosted a public workshop on May 30, 2012 addressing the need for new guidance on advertising and privacy disclosures online and in mobile environments. … Continue Reading
On March 28, 2011, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced a settlement with the Briar Group in connection with a 2009 data breach that jeopardized the payment card information of "tens of thousands" of consumers.
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On January 28, 2011, Connecticut's newly-elected Attorney General George Jepsen announced an agreement with Google concerning the company's refusal to comply with a December 2010 Civil Investigative Demand.
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In a letter sent to Google on July 21, 2010, a multistate working group demanded more information about Street View data collection practices, including a list of states where such collection took place and details on how the data may have been used.
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