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Preparing CCPA Privacy Policies Before the July 1 Enforcement Date

Despite the myriad issues that businesses now face with the Covid-19 pandemic, the California State Attorney General remains committed to the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) enforcement date of July 1, 2020. As such, businesses that have not already done so should add CCPA compliance to their immediate to-do lists. One area of compliance that …

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All the Scary Ways Health Apps are Using Your Data

By Melkorka Licea. New York Post (November 11, 2019, 6:53 PM EDT) — Is fitness tech counting steps — or overstepping? Last week, Twitter users flew into a panic after learning that Google is acquiring Fitbit, the trendy fitness-tracking watch, for $2.1 billion. The freakout centered on user data — specifically, Fitbit users’ concerns that their …

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Working with Data Brokers?  Consult a Privacy Lawyer

June 23, 2017 This month, Trusted Media Brands, Inc. (“TMBI”) – the publisher of Reader’s Digest, Every Day with Rachael Ray and other popular magazines – settled a federal class action lawsuit in Manhattan for over $8 million, reinforcing the importance of consulting with an experienced privacy lawyer when collecting and/or selling customers’ personally identifiable …

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Children’s Privacy Compliance Program to Pay $100K for Alleged Violations

April 13, 2017 Last week, the New York State Attorney General’s Office (“NYAG”) announced that San Francisco-based privacy technology company True Ultimate Standards Everywhere, Inc. (“TRUSTe”) has agreed to pay $100,000 in connection with TRUSTe’s children’s privacy safe harbor program. How can Internet and mobile app marketers steer clear of children’s privacy violations?

NY AG Targets Mobile Health Applications Over Privacy Policy, Misleading Claims Concerns

March 28, 2017 The Office of the New York State Attorney General (“NY AG”) recently announced a settlement of its investigation into the privacy policy and advertising-related business practices of three popular health-based mobile applications.   Each of the applications ostensibly allowed users to track their fitness, and measure vital signs and other heath indicators, as …

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FTC and State of New Jersey Settle Consumer Privacy Claims with VIZIO

February 13, 2017 On February 6, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it, along with the New Jersey State Attorney General, has reached a $2.2 million consumer privacy settlement with VIZIO, Inc. (“VIZIO”), one of the world’s largest manufacturers of Internet-connected “smart” televisions.  According to the underlying complaint, in 2014 VIZIO began manufacturing …

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FTC Trains Its Sights on Cross-Device Tracking

January 25, 2017 The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has released a staff report after conducting a series of workshops on cross-device tracking and related issues concerning online and mobile behavioral advertising. The staff report aims to provide recommendations to various companies, including advertising technology companies, publishers and platforms, regarding transparency, security and the provision of …

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FTC Complaint Filed Against IoT Businesses

December 9, 2016 This Tuesday, a consortium of consumer protection and children’s privacy groups filed a Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) complaint against Genesis Toys (“Genesis”) and Nuance Communications, Inc. (“Nuance”) in connection with Genesis’ interactive, Internet-connected toys. What are the key takeaways for businesses in the Internet of Things (IoT) space?