FTC & State AG

The FTC recently announced that more than 90 businesses located in the U.S. and abroad, including mobile applications, were sent “educational” letters reminding them of the looming July 1, 2013 deadline to comply with the...

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Despite requests from the Internet Association, Interactive Advertising Bureau, US Chamber of Commerce, the Application Developers Alliance, and a group of other trade associations, the FTC has decided to retain the July 1, 2013 effective...

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Logged into Facebook? You’ve Been Served

Logged into Facebook? You’ve Been Served

March 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

On March 7, 2013, Judge Engelemayer of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a novel order allowing the Federal Trade Commission to serve certain papers (other than the initial...

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FTC Releases Final Amendments to COPPA Rule

January 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

On December 19, 2012, the FTC released its final amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”).  With a few exceptions, the final Rules largely track the changes that the FTC proposed in its...

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On January 10, California Attorney General Kamala Harris issued a report entitled “Privacy on the Go:  Recommendations for the Mobile Ecosystem.”  The report consists of recommended best practices for mobile app developers and other players...

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Artist Arena, the operator of fan websites for celebrities Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and Selena Gomez, has agreed to settle FTC charges that it violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) by collecting...

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Last week the FTC entered into two major settlements – a $22.5 million civil penalty against Google for violating a prior FTC order, and a final settlement with Facebook over charges that the company misrepresented...

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Last Wednesday (August 1st), the FTC released a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding its expansion of several aspects of COPPA — and supplementing the NPRM it released last September (see the ZwillGen blog post for...

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On February 22, six leading operators of mobile application platforms (Amazon, Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and Research In Motion) signed an agreement with California Attorney General Kamala Harris committing to improve privacy protections offered to...

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On February 7, the FTC announced that it sent letters to 6 mobile application providers that offer background screening products warning that the apps may be violating the Fair Credit Report Act (“FCRA”).  The FCRA...

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