Tag Archives: Mobile

Sears Petitions to Change Its 8-Year-Old FTC Privacy Settlement Order

On October 30, 2017, Sears Holding Management Corporation (“Sears”) petitioned the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) to reopen and modify the settlement to which they agreed in 2009.  At that time, Sears agreed to a consent order to resolve the FTC’s complaint that Sears allegedly did not adequately disclose the scope of its collection of “online … Continue Reading

Into the Future

The oracle of Silicon Valley, Mary Meeker – a partner at Kleiner Perkins – just published her highly anticipated 2015 Internet Trends Report.  Meeker’s report is the ultimate compilation of essential technology statistics, and is one of the most widely read and respected insights into the future of the Internet and technology trends. Encompassing everything … Continue Reading

Privacy Authorities Urge Mobile Apps to Implement Privacy Policies

In December, 23 privacy authorities – many of which are members of the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) – signed an open letter to the operators of seven app marketplaces, urging them to improve consumers’ access to privacy information on mobile apps. The letter states that: Mobile apps that collect data in and through mobile … Continue Reading

85% of Mobile Apps Marked Down on Transparency: ‘Must Try Harder’ Say Global Privacy Regulators

In May this year, members of the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (GPEN) conducted a privacy sweep of 1,200+ mobile apps. The findings are now available (here). GPEN is an informal network of 27 Data Protection Authorities (“DPAs”) established in 2007. Its members include the UK’s ICO, Australia’s OAIC, and Canada’s OPC. DPAs from 26 jurisdictions … Continue Reading

Florida Court Releases Contrarian TCPA Decision

This post was also written by Rob Jackson. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida recently released a decision in a TCPA suit brought by a man seeking damages in connection with a series of autodialed telephone calls made to his mobile phone. In his decision on cross motions for summary judgment, … Continue Reading

FTC Speaks About Its Mobile Privacy Disclosures Guidance

This post was also written by Frederick Lah. On February 1, the FTC released its Mobile Privacy Disclosures Guidance (the Guidance) setting forth best practice recommendations for platforms, app developers, third parties such as ad networks and analytics companies, and app trade associations. We previously wrote about the Guidance when it was issued. On February 15, Assistant … Continue Reading

FTC Tries The Carrot and The Stick: Releases Guidance on Mobile Privacy Best Practices; Enters Into $800K Consent Order with Path

Today, the Federal Trade Commission released detailed guidance on privacy in the mobile environment – at the same time it announced its largest-ever settlement with an app developer for alleged privacy violations. Combined with aggressive action on mobile privacy issues by the California attorney general’s office, Mobile Privacy Disclosures provides every company associated with a … Continue Reading

AdChoices Self-Regulatory Icon – Now in Mobile

This post was also written by Amy S. Mushahwar and Frederick Lah. On August 21, Jumptap and Evidon announced a partnership to create and implement the AdChoices icon in mobile web and mobile app advertisements. Evidon, one of the earliest providers of privacy solutions that comply with the Digital Advertising Alliance (“DAA”) Self-Regulatory Program for … Continue Reading

NIST Releases Draft Policy of Mobile Security Guidelines, Recommends Centralized Mobile Device Management

This post was written by Amy S. Mushahwar.  On July 11, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) released Guidelines for Managing and Securing Mobile Devices in The Enterprise, its draft policy for securing mobile devices that will supplement its already-published general security recommendations for any IT technology. In these draft Guidelines, which are a … Continue Reading

California App Developer Settles Lawsuit with New Jersey AG

This post was also written by Frederick Lah. In early June, New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs brought a complaint against California-based mobile app developer 24×7 Digital LLC for alleged violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). The state alleged that 24×7 Digital, through its … Continue Reading

The French Data Protection Authority unveils its agenda and targets for inspections in 2012

This post was written by Cynthia O’Donoghue. The French Data Protection Authority (the “CNIL”) issued a press release 19 April 2012 detailing its planned enforcement agenda for the coming year. The CNIL announced that it intends to conduct around 450 on-site inspections during 2012, with particular focus on six specific themes. The CNIL will also … Continue Reading

The Article 29 Working Party publishes Opinion 02/2012 on the use of facial recognition technology in mobile and online services, highlighting the data protection considerations in its recommendations.

This post was written by Cynthia O’Donoghue. In the midst of a rapid increase in the availability and accuracy of facial recognition technology in recent years, the Article 29 Working Party adopted in March this year Opinion 02/2012, highlighting the data protection considerations on the use of facial recognition technology in services such as social … Continue Reading

FTC Issues Final Commission Report on Consumer Privacy: Agency Calls on Companies to Develop Privacy Best Practices

This post was also written by Christopher G. Cwalina, Amy S. Mushahwar and Frederick Lah. This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its long-awaited final Commission Consumer Privacy Report, entitled “Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change” (“Final Report”). The FTC emphasizes that the report only sets forth industry best practices and was “not intended” to … Continue Reading

App Privacy Guidelines backed by European Mobile Operators

On 27 February 2012, with the support of Europe’s largest mobile operators, the GSMA published a set of global Privacy Design Guidelines for Mobile Application Development. These guidelines come just days after the largest US based App providers, including Google, Apple and Amazon, agreed to legally enforceable privacy standards. The Mobile App Privacy Design Guidelines … Continue Reading

Mobile Application Developers: California AG Settlement with Amazon, Google, Apple and Other Mobile Application Platform Providers Sends Privacy Compliance Obligations Your Way

This post was also written by Christopher G. Cwalina, Khurram Nasir Gore, Amy S. Mushahwar and Steven B. Roosa. A warning from the California Attorney General’s office to mobile app developers: “Don’t get cute!” On February 22, California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris announced that her office and the six leading mobile application platform providers – Amazon, … Continue Reading

Markey Releases Discussion Draft of the Mobile Device Privacy Act

This post was written by Amy S. Mushahwar. Today, in response to the controversy surrounding cellphone tracking software from Carrier IQ, U.S. Representative Edward Markey (D-MA) released a draft of a cellphone privacy bill. As background, the Carrier IQ software first made headlines in November, when a researcher posted a YouTube video claiming to show … Continue Reading

Rockefeller Introduces Do Not Track

And, Adds a Third Arena in the Senate for Privacy Discussions This post was also written by Chris Cwalina, Amy Mushahwar & Mike Sacks. On Monday, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) introduced a bill entitled, “Do-Not-Track Online Act of 2011,” that will kick off a dialogue over how and in what circumstances companies should be allowed to … Continue Reading