Recent Posts

The FTC sent a loud signal, in the form of a $925,000 settlement with mobile ad network InMobi, that the Commission’s focus on ad tech data privacy is not limited to app developers and websites, but extends to third party ad platforms as well. I briefly discuss below 1) the allegations against InMobi and 2)...

Read More →

The Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) has released the first operational rules for commercial drones (“Rule”), providing more clarity over the legal operation of such aircraft. Effective late August 2016, the Rule imposes restrictions on the use of commercial drones and the certification process for drone pilots. Significantly, the Rule covers only commercial drones, not drones...

Read More →

In a settlement with Practice Fusion, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleged that the electronic health records provider tricked consumers into believing they were providing feedback to their doctors when in fact, the company populated its online provider directory with the reviews. The complaint alleged that Practice Fusion emailed “How was your visit” surveys to patients...

Read More →
Safe Harbor Fines

First Post-Safe Harbor Fines Issued

Jun 7, 2016 by Melissa Maalouf

For the first time since the Safe Harbor was invalided by the European Court of Justice in October 2015 (see related blogs here, here, and here), an EU regulator has issued fines to three companies that continued to rely on the Safe Harbor to transfer data from the EU to the U.S. The Hamburg Data...

Read More →

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has handed down an important decision, en banc, concerning governmental access to data. In United States v. Ganias, the Court determined that law enforcement, relying in good faith on a warrant, could search a set of hard drives which were seized pursuant to a separate warrant in an investigation...

Read More →

The Communications Decency Act (“CDA”) generally protects website operators against claims arising from user-generated content. Echoing its withdrawn 2014 decision on the same issues, the Ninth Circuit’s ruling in Jane Doe v. Internet Brands, Inc. again limits the protections afforded by the CDA. The court held that the CDA does not preclude a ‘failure to...

Read More →