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On May 1, the White House released the findings of its 90-day study on how “Big Data” is transforming every facet of modern life. The report seeks to respond to one fundamental, farsighted question: how...

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Continuing a recent trend of enforcement actions stressing the importance of “adequate” testing for security flaws, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced settlement agreements with Fandango and Credit Karma closing investigations of their mobile app...

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More Bitcoins, More Problems

March 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

The IRS wants businesses and individuals to know that using Bitcoin or other “convertible virtual currency” has tax consequences. According to the IRS, a person accepting convertible virtual currency as payment must report the fair...

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A California Superior Court judge has dismissed a class action complaint, ruling that Instagram’s December 2012 amendment of its Terms of Use was not in breach of contract or violation of California unfair competition law. The...

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The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (“FISC”) has ordered the Government to destroy call detail records collected under its bulk telephony metadata collection program, despite pending litigation challenging the program’s legality. After receiving that order, the...

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On February 19, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) hosted a seminar on the collection of device identifiers contained in wifi and Bluetooth signals to track people’s movement around stores, shopping malls, airports, and other physical...

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Companies are scrambling to digest Version 1.0 of the “Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity,” released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) on February 12. The Framework was released one year to...

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  On January 21, Hulu filed a brief in its ongoing Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”) litigation arguing that anonymous “user numbers” are not personally identifiable information (“PII”) subject to the VPPA.  If such numbers...

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For the first time, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has pre-approved a proposed form of parental verification under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) beyond the methods explicitly authorized under the FTC’s COPPA Rule....

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In a recent settlement, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) signaled to companies maintaining sensitive medical or financial information about consumers that they must carefully manage employees’ access to and stewardship of such data when held...

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