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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…

FTC Watch: 2014 Priorities, Enforcement Update and the Battle over Cyber Security

FTC Watch 2014 Priorities, Enforcement Update and the Battle over Cyber Security When FTC Chair Ramirez tapped Jessica Rich to head the Consumer Protection Bureau, AdWeek noted: Rich’s appointment signals the agency will likely be aggressive in shaping privacy policy and bringing privacy enforcement actions, a goal Ramirez articulated in her first public appearance in early March.…

CLBR Today – Robert Ellis Smith Addresses Mobile App Privacy

ROBERT ELLIS SMITH RETURNS TO CLBR TO DISCUSS PRIVACY AND MOBILE APPS With California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ enforcement action filed against Delta for its lack of privacy policy for its mobile app and the FTC indicating that it is investigating mobile compliance with children’s privacy protections, mobile privacy has become the hot domestic internet…

FTC Updates COPPA Rules

FTC Strengthens Kids’ Privacy, Gives Parents Greater Control Over Their Information By Amending Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule Rule Being Modified to Keep Up with Changing Technology The Federal Trade Commission adopted final amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule that strengthen kids’ privacy protections and give parents greater control over the personal information…

Washington Watch: FTC Expands COPPA Reach and Scrutinizing “Up to” Claims

FTC Proposal Would Expand COPPA Reach to Ad Networks Collecting Info from Children The Federal Trade Commission is seeking comment on proposed clarification of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act to  expand the reach of sites covered by the act to include a plug-in or ad network is covered by the Rule when it knows or…

TOP STORIES: PRIVACY DEBATE HEATS UP

Rep. Boucher Circulates Much Awaited Draft Privacy Bill In May 2009, House Internet Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher (D-VA) indicated he was drafting privacy legislation and this week he finally released a draft bill. The bill requires that online and offline entities collecting consumer information must have a clear and conspicuous privacy policy that includes:  …

Washington Watch: Clouds and COPPA

Coalition Wants Feds Off Its Cloud As more and more data is stored via cloud computing, consumers are unaware that under current law networked communications have less privacy protections than those stored locally.  The Digital Due Process Coalition, made of prominent industry members and civil liberty groups such as  AOL, Microsoft, the ACLU and the…