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The FTC released “Start with Security,”a whitepaper promoting best security practices. Based on the FTC’s more than fifty Section 5, Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices settlements, the whitepaper provides examples of what is and is not “reasonable security.” Below are the ten themes of the FTC’s growing security precedent, including a few case cites. Don’t...

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Over the past year, Russia has exerted increasing control over companies that do business on the Internet in Russia by passing into law a number of strict privacy bills, including a requirement for bloggers to register with authorities and a requirement that Internet companies store Russians’ personal information within Russia. In Russia’s latest attempt to...

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Takeaways from the FTC’s Sharing Economy Workshop

Jun 16, 2015 by Michaelene Hanley

The sharing economy is changing the way we behave as consumers across numerous sectors, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is taking notice. The sharing economy, also referred to as the on-demand economy or collaborative economy, describes the rise in online platforms that enable us to redistribute and share goods or services – think Uber,...

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Companies involved in telemarketing or in the transmission of text messages have been patiently waiting for the FCC to act on the plethora of petitions seeking clarification on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). Indeed, we previously blogged about how FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly published a blog post in March 2014, urging the FCC to...

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USA FREEDOM Act Signed Into Law

Jun 2, 2015 by Abby Liebeskind

Having previously passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support, the USA FREEDOM Act has now also passed the Senate and been signed into law by President Obama. A few highlights from the legislation are below. Keep an eye out for our analysis to come in a later post. The USA FREEDOM Act: Prohibits bulk collection...

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Three Provisions of PATRIOT Act Expired

Jun 2, 2015 by Abby Liebeskind

Despite threats of impending doom, Congress has allowed three provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act to expire, marking the first surveillance rollback in the post 9/11 era. While we can expect legislation that will re-implement at least some of the expired authorities, let’s look at what has lapsed in the meantime: 1. Business Records (Section...

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