Tag Archives: Consumer Protection

German FCO launches sector inquiry into online price comparison websites

The German Federal Cartel Office (”FCO“) has launched a sector inquiry into “online price comparison websites.” This sector inquiry is the first specific proceeding in which the FCO applies its new competencies in the area of consumer protection given to it by the 9th amendment to the German Act against Restraints of Competition (“ARC”). Another sector … Continue Reading

Superior Court of Pennsylvania Affirms Rejection of Proposed Data Breach Class of UPMC Workers, Finding Hospital Owed No Duty to Protect Information

Affirming a lower court decision this blog discussed here, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania held January 12 that dismissal of a proposed data breach class action was proper, because the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center lacked a legal duty to protect employee information stolen by a third party. The 2-1 majority’s finding that UPMC had … Continue Reading

German Court orders WhatsApp to provide consumers in Germany with T&Cs in German language

In a press release dated 17 May 2016, the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband – vzbv) announced that on 8 April 2016, the Court of Appeal Berlin (Kammergericht Berlin; “Court”) issued a judgment against WhatsApp Inc., prohibiting WhatsApp the use of English Terms & Conditions on its website for contracts with consumers in Germany, unless … Continue Reading

Georgia Attorney General Supports Federal Data Breach Standard

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens has come out in support of federal data breach preemption as a more realistic way to ask companies to comply with regulatory requirements in the wake of a breach or data loss incident.  His statement comes on the heels of California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ report that the burden on … Continue Reading

California AG Proposes State Consensus on Breach Laws

Businesses scrambling to comply with the dozens of varying state laws governing data privacy and security breaches may have a new ally in California Attorney General Kamala Harris, but they shouldn’t expect her to relax any standards. In her introduction to the 2016 California Data Breach Report, Harris addressed the concerns of many who have … Continue Reading

FTC’s PrivacyCon Highlights Consumer Privacy Perceptions and Targeting

The Federal Trade Commission is currently the most aggressive enforcement agency on privacy and data security. The agency kicked off 2016 with PrivacyCon on January 14, which put the spotlight on academic research on consumer privacy and security. The conference, which drew 400 attendees to Southwest D.C. and 1,500 more streaming online, showcased 19 papers … Continue Reading

Germany to expand consumer associations’ right to sue companies for breach of data protection laws

On 17 December 2015, the German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) passed a bill on the improvement of enforcement of data protection provisions protecting consumers (Entwurf eines Gesetzes zur Verbesserung der zivilrechtlichen Durchsetzung von verbraucherschützenden Vorschriften des Datenschutzrechts). Under the new law, registered consumer associations will have the right to sue companies for violations of data protection laws … Continue Reading

UK Office of Fair Trading warns online businesses about fair data usage

Office of Fair Trading (OFT) research into how online businesses use consumers’ information to influence prices has raised concerns over how UK companies collect and use consumer data. The report on Personalised Pricing found that many consumers are concerned with the extent of personal information collected and used online. OFT points out that websites failed … Continue Reading
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