FTC Reaches Agreement with Payday Lender to Better Protect Consumers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached an agreement with a payday lender operating under the auspices of an Indian tribe in a move that should provide borrowers with additional protections.  After initiating a lawsuit against AMG Services (AMG) last year, AMG and the FTC entered into a settlement agreement filed in federal court that […]

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Texas Exploring Legalizing Non-Internet Based Poker

A bill has been introduced in the legislature of the State of Texas that would legalize poker games conducted in certain locations, with considerable state regulation (Poker Gaming Act of 2013: State of Texas Bill (HB 292 filed 12/17/2012)). The bill would allow existing pari-mutuel facilities, bingo halls and tribal entities to apply for licenses

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FTC Amends the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA)

After an extensive review process that began in 2010, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) adopted final amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA).  The amended COPPA will go into effect on July 1, 2013. In short, the amendments strengthen online privacy protection for children under 13 years of age, while giving parents an

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FTC Takes a Closer Look at Data Broker Industry’s Collection & Use of Consumer Data

Earlier this week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued orders requiring nine separate data brokerage companies to provide the FTC with information about how they collect, use, share and sell consumer data.  The FTC has stated that it will use the information gathered from these nine brokerage companies to study privacy practices in the data

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California to Require Mobile App Developers to Post Privacy Policies

According to the Attorney General of California, Kamala Harris, developers and distributors of mobile applications (Apps) must prominently post and comply with a privacy policy – just like websites and other commercial online venues.  Whereas California’s Online Privacy Protection Act (OPPA) expressly requires operators of websites to post privacy policies where those websites collect any

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California to Require Mobile App Developers to Post Privacy Policies

According to the Attorney General of California, Kamala Harris, developers and distributors of mobile applications (Apps) must prominently post and comply with a privacy policy – just like websites and other commercial online venues.  Whereas California’s Online Privacy Protection Act (OPPA) expressly requires operators of websites to post privacy policies where those websites collect any

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Federal Online Gaming Bill to Remain in Limbo until Next Year

Confirming what readers of this blog already suspected, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) has acknowledged that his federal gaming bill lacks the support, and momentum, necessary to seek passage in this session of Congress. As such, the effort will have to wait until next year to be taken up anew. “I am disappointed,” Reid said, adding

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