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FTC and NJ AG Reach $2.2 Million Settlement to Resolve Vizio Video Privacy Matter

On Monday, February 6, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and New Jersey Attorney General (“NJAG”) announced a settlement agreement to resolve their joint enforcement action against Vizio. The regulators claimed that Vizio collected detailed information about the content consumers watched (including identifying the content and advertisements viewed through broadcast and cable networks, DVDs, and … Continue Reading

FTC Lawsuit Against D-Link Highlights the Importance of Routine Review of Public Statements and Security Protocols

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC“) announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against D-Link alleging that it made deceptive claims about its products’ security and engaged in unfair practices that placed consumers’ privacy at risk.  The Complaint For Permanent Injunction and Other Equitable Relief was filed in the United States District Court Northern District … Continue Reading

The NAD’s First Native Ad Case Since Issuance of FTC Native Ad Guides

Just five months after the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released its Native Ads Policy Statement, the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau (“NAD”) has followed suit and issued a decision in its investigation of Joyous Inc.’s (“Joyous”) native advertising practices (NAD Case #5956, 05/19/16). In its routine monitoring, the NAD explored the formatting … Continue Reading

Math Question As Age-Gate and Invite-A-Friend Under Fire

The Children’s Advertising Review Unit of the Council of Better Business Bureaus (“CARU”) routinely monitors web sites and mobile apps for compliance with its Guidelines and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”).  Through that routine monitoring, CARU recently discovered the information practices of the 1st through 7th grade mobile applications called Friendzy (e.g., 1st … Continue Reading

FTC Enters Proposed Consent Order Against Lord & Taylor for Native Advertising Campaign

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has wasted no time in bringing an action against an advertiser for allegedly deceptive native advertising. The FTC released its Enforcement Policy on Deceptively Formatted Advertisements (“Native Advertising Guidelines”) in late December 2015 (which we blogged about here) and last week the FTC concluded an enforcement action against Lord & … Continue Reading

Businesses Take Heed: FTC’s Recent Report, Conference Signal Big Data’s the Big Deal in 2016

FTC Kicks Off New Year with New Report on Growing Use of Big Data Analytics Across All Industries Without so much as a week of 2016 having lapsed, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”) released a new report with recommendations to businesses on the growing use of big data. The report, “Big Data: A … Continue Reading

FTC Releases Policy Statement and Business Guides on Native Advertising

Just before 2015 came to an end, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released its much anticipated Enforcement Policy Statement on Deceptively Formatted Advertisements (“Policy Statement”) along with informal, practical guidance for businesses titled “Native Advertising: A Guide for Businesses” (“Business Guides”). The FTC first began considering native advertising in a December 2013 workshop. Native advertising … Continue Reading

FTC Settles Advertising-Related COPPA Charges Against Two App Developers

This week, the FTC announced settlements with two developers of children’s apps that it claimed had failed to comply the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). While any COPPA enforcement by the FTC is noteworthy, these cases are particularly interesting in that they are the FTC’s first COPPA enforcement actions that are based on allegations that a child-directed online service … Continue Reading

Caveat Venditor: FTC Amends Telemarketing Sales Rule to Enhance Anti-Fraud Protections and to Update and Clarify Several Key Provisions Relating to the National Do Not Call Registry

On November 18, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a final rule setting forth a number of key amendments to its Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR).  [FN1]  Specifically, in response to changes in the financial marketplace, the final rule prohibits the use of certain payment methods in telemarking.  In addition, and of likely much greater … Continue Reading

Know your Privacy Policy and Practices: An Important Reminder Illustrated by Recent FTC Actions

The Federal Trade Commission’s (“FTC”) announcement last week of settlements with 13 separate companies for charges of falsely advertising certification with the U.S.-EU and/or U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Frameworks (“Safe Harbors”) – some of which never existed but several of which had simply lapsed – serves as a reminder that businesses should periodically and often review … Continue Reading

RadioShack Bankruptcy Case Highlights Value of Consumer Data

On Thursday, a bankruptcy judge granted final approval of the sale of RadioShack Corporation (“RadioShack”) assets to General Wireless Operations Inc. (“General Wireless”), which included customers’ personal information. In the order, the Delaware bankruptcy judge stated “ . . . no showing was made that the sale of personally identifiable information (the “PII”)(as defined in … Continue Reading

Retail-Tracking Service Provider Nomi Technologies Settles FTC Complaint Over False Statement in its Privacy Policy

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission announced a complaint against and proposed settlement with Nomi Technologies, Inc.* (“Nomi”), based on allegations that Nomi included a false representation in its Privacy Policy. Nomi is an analytics provider offering services to brick-and-mortar retail locations through its “Listen” service. To provide the service, Nomi utilizes beacons placed within … Continue Reading

FTC’s $11.9 Million Win Emphasizes Need to Follow Guidelines

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) just won another important victory as part of its crackdown on deceptive health claims. LeadClick Media (“LeadClick”) and its parent company were held responsible for claims made by affiliate marketers and ordered to pay a total of $11.9 million in ill-gotten gains from a deceptive weight-loss product-marketing scheme.… Continue Reading

FTC Files Complaint Against DirecTV for Inadequately Disclosing Terms of Customer Contracts

On March 11th, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint against DirecTV for violations of Section 4 of the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act (ROSCA)(15 U.S.C. § 8401 et seq.) and Section 5(a) of the FTC Act (15 U.S.C. § 45(a)) alleging that DirecTV failed to adequately disclose the terms of various elements of its … Continue Reading

The Internet of Things: What All Companies Need To Know About the FTC Report

The FTC released its Report on the Internet of Things (“IoT”) on January 27, 2015 (“Report”).  While the Report is specific to IoT, including devices such as wearable fitness trackers and internet connected cameras and televisions, there are key takeaways for all companies operating online[1]. The FTC defines IoT as “’things’ such as devices or … Continue Reading

Numerous Warning Letters Serve as a Reminder that the FTC is Always Watching

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has been very active in its enforcement efforts in the past couple of months. In addition to other actions which we have blogged about, the FTC recently sent dozens of warning letters to advertisers in two separate efforts. In September, the FTC sent letters admonishing companies for their failure to … Continue Reading

FTC Brings First Actions Under the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission brought a pair of actions under the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act (“ROSCA”) – the first of their kind. ROSCA Generally ROSCA (15 U.S.C. 8401 et seq.) was signed into law just before the end of 2010. In general, the law regulates two types of online transaction: sales using … Continue Reading

Recent International Study Reports Delinquencies in App Privacy Disclosures

In a recently reported study released by the the Global Privacy Enforcement Network (“GPEN”), the GPEN found that a testing sample of 1,211 mobile apps accessed during May of this year failed to provide users with adequate privacy protections under current regulatory provisions in the United States and in other countries. The GPEN is a coalition … Continue Reading

Mobile Apps: FTC Says Vague Privacy Policies and Lack of Terms a Problem

Last week, the FTC released a study it conducted in connection with price-comparison apps, deal apps and apps that allow people to pay for purchases using their mobile device while shopping in brick-and-mortar stores.  The newly released study is the latest commentary from the FTC in a long line of workshops and reports that started in 2012 … Continue Reading

FTC Report on Data Brokers: An Analysis of the Call for Stronger Controls and Legislation

Earlier this week, the Federal Trade Commission released its long awaited report on the data brokerage industry – Data Brokers:  A Call for Transparency and Accountability.  This report is the culmination of approximately two years of information collection, public workshops, and analysis by the FTC staff.  Notably, the Report recommends that Congress enact legislation to … Continue Reading

Say What You Do and Do What You Say: Guidance for Privacy Policies, and for Life

Last Wednesday, California Attorney General Kamala Harris issued much anticipated guidance on public-facing privacy statements – “Making Your Privacy Practices Public” (the “Guidance”). The result of months of discussions with stakeholders, the recommendations are largely common sense.  They are “intended to encourage companies to craft privacy policy statements that address significant data collection and use … Continue Reading

#Sweepstakes and #Contest #Entries on Pinterest Are Endorsements, says FTC; Implications Beyond Pinterest

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently investigated Cole Haan, Inc. to determine whether a contest that it conducted on https://www.pinterest.com violated Section 5 of the FTC Act, which, in part, requires the disclosure of a material connection between a marketer and an endorser when their relationship is not otherwise apparent from the context of the … Continue Reading
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