Tag Archives: Privacy by Design

FTC Brings Its First Enforcement Action for ‘Internet of Things’

This post was also written by Frederick Lah. Earlier this year, we wrote about the FTC’s plan to hold a November 2013 public workshop over concerns with the “Internet of Things,” the dramatically growing capacity of smart devices to communicate information through the Internet. In advance of the workshop, the FTC has entered into a consent … Continue Reading

Blackberry Policing Apps To Ensure Compliance With Privacy Policies

This post was also written by Frederick Lah. In the midst of all the recent attention on mobile apps and their privacy challenges, BlackBerry has unveiled a new “privacy notice” service that alerts customers about apps that “don’t clearly or adequately inform users about how the app is accessing and possibly managing customers’ data.” According … Continue Reading

Mobile Privacy Best Practices: California Continues To Push Compliance

This post was also written by Joshua B. Marker and Timothy Nagle. With the start of the new year, California has continued its push to take a leadership role in the realm of mobile privacy. The attorney general’s office recently released a mobile privacy best practices document, “Privacy On The Go: Recommendations For The Mobile … Continue Reading

European Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs releases a second Working Document on the General Data Protection Regulation draft

This post was written by Cynthia O’Donoghue. The European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs has outlined its concerns over the lack of clarity within the data protection principles contained in the proposed General Data Protection Regulation, and has made various proposals which they believe will strengthen the level of data protection. … Continue Reading

FTC’s Final Order with MySpace Focuses on Privacy by Design and Protection of Unique Device Identifiers

This post was also written by Amy S. Mushahwar. On Tuesday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) finalized its Consent Order with MySpace, settling allegations that MySpace misrepresented its data use and sharing practices, and its compliance with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework in its privacy policy. In a 4-0-1 decision, with Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen not participating, … 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

European Commission Communication on personal data protection in the European Union – A seasonal wish-list for a harmonious future?

This post was also written by Nick Tyler. With so much consultation activity going on in the United States on the future of privacy regulation and enforcement, initiated by the FTC and US Department of Commerce, we should not lose sight of parallel developments and consultation activity going on in Europe following a recent Communication from … Continue Reading

Privacy: A Washington Tale of Two Reports

This post was also written by Chris Cwalina and Amy Mushahwar. We’ve been busy here in Washington with two seminal privacy reports released within a span of two weeks.  At Reed Smith, our interdisciplinary team of former government officials, former in-house attorneys, class action litigators and engineers (in the US and internationally) are reviewing the releases … Continue Reading

FTC Releases Privacy Report

This post was also written by Christopher G. Cwalina, Amy S. Mushahwar, and Frederick Lah. On December 1, 2010 the FTC released its long-awaited Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change. This 123-page preliminary staff report proposes a sea change in US privacy law. The FTC is accepting comments on this report until January … Continue Reading