FTC Updates COPPA Compliance Plan for Business

The Federal Trade Commission has updated its Compliance Plan guidance under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) to address: New business models. As technologies evolve, companies have new ways of collecting data, some of which may affect your obligations under COPPA. Just one example: voice-activated devices that collect personal information. If your clients change how…

Internet Privacy Back on the Agenda

On April 3,  President Trump signed legislation repealing the Federal Communications Commission privacy rules.  During their spring recess, Republican members of Congress received an earful from angry consumers. One month later, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), who introduced the repeal resolution in the House, introduced H.R. 2520 the “Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and…

DNC Donors Bring Privacy Lawsuit Against Trump Campaign Based on Alleged Collusion

The Russian 2016 election hacking story has taken a new turn.  Three victims of the Wikileaks dump of DNC files have filed a lawsuit against the Donald Trump for President campaign and campaign advisor Roger Stone who has admitted to having a “back channel” to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.  The Complaint opens up yet another…

Got Privacy? Cali is Watching, Especially for Mobile Apps

Under the California Online Privacy Protection Act (Bus. & Prof. Code §§ 22575-22579), websites or online services collecting personally identifiable information from California consumers shall “conspicuously post its privacy policy”.  There are a number of requirements of such a policy, including that it addresses how its responds to Web browser “do not track” signals. While…

Lawsuit Claims Colts App Eavesdropped on Users

A class action lawsuit has been filed claiming that the Indianapolis Colts mobile app “systematically and surreptitiously intercepting consumers’ oral communications.”  “With the microphone activated, the app listens to and records all audio within range — including consumer conversations.” The app was designed by Yinzcam Inc. and has the functionality to direct fans in the stadium to…

FTC Nabs InMobi for Secret Geo Tracking

InMobi, the mobile ad platform that Fast Company recently ranked as 15th among The World’s Most Innovative Companies, has a new trophy – an FTC Consent decree and a $4 million civil penalty (all but $950,000 was suspended). According to the Federal Trade Commission complaint, even if a consumer had denied access to the location API on their…