FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced that a proposed rulemaking is being circulated among the Commissioners that would establish privacy and data security requirements applicable to providers of broadband Internet access service (BIAS). The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) itself will not be released to the public until the end of March when it… Continue Reading
The amended Judicial Redress Act has passed the House and is on its way to the president to be signed into law. The Act, which we covered in an earlier blog post, gives citizens of foreign countries the same rights as US citizens in connection with the use by the US government of their personal data,… Continue Reading
If you would like to learn more about the politics and law behind the current Safe Harbor 2.0 negotiations, download the podcast of Running Aground in the Surveillance Safe Harbor, a teleforum hosted by the Federalist Society. The podcast features moderator Matthew R.A. Heiman, Vice President, Chief Compliance & Audit Officer, Tyco International; Stewart A. Baker, Partner, Steptoe &… Continue Reading
One of the fascinating aspects of the privacy-related negotiations between the EU and the US over the past couple of years has been the EU’s efforts to decouple trade (e.g, TTIP) and security-related negotiations from the Safe Harbor 2.0 negotiations. The US Senate’s Judiciary Committee pushed back firmly on that yesterday when it adopted amendments… Continue Reading
There’s no doubt businesses in the EU and US would breathe a sigh of relief if a new Safe Harbor agreement is put in place between before European data protection authorities start prosecuting companies for potentially illegal personal data transfers to the US. But if it doesn’t happen, the US is actually not any worse… Continue Reading
The years-long saga of the Federal Trade Commission’s suit against Wyndham Hotels over data breaches that occurred at least as early as April 2008 is finally coming to an end with a proposed settlement filed today with the court. The original complaint, which is summarized in this post from 2012, alleged that Wyndham’s claims to… Continue Reading
UPDATE: Here’s a link to the English-language version of the ECJ’s full decision: Schrems Safe Harbor Decision A press release issued by the Court of Justice of the EU (ECJ) regarding its decision in the Schrems Safe Harbor case (C-362/14) confirms that the ECJ has declared Safe Harbor invalid. The ECJ has sent the case back… Continue Reading
Rather than our usual Privacy Monday “bits and bytes,” we have a breaking story relating to the ongoing Wyndham/FTC saga. Today, Wyndham Worldwide Corp. lost a critical round in the Third Circuit. Anticipated since April, 2014, the three-judge panel upheld U.S. District Judge Esther Salas’ ruling that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has the authority… Continue Reading
It’s Privacy Monday again – and summer is winding down. Here are three bytes of privacy/security information to start your week: 1. House Committee Releases HHS Breach Investigation If you are subject to HIPAA and the oversight of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), schadenfreude will probably best describe your reaction. A report… Continue Reading
On this Privacy Monday, we have some upcoming events that you might want to add to your calendar. Wednesday, May 13 – Mintz Employment Law Summit (Boston) A discussion of hot topics facing employers, including Privacy in the Workplace. Free event, breakfast and lunch included. Register here. Wednesday, May 13 – National Security, Privacy, and… Continue Reading
As we predicted in our post late last month, Google’s YouTube Kids app has attracted more than just the “curious little minds” Google was hoping for. Yesterday, a group of privacy and children’s rights advocates (including the Center for Digital Democracy and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) asked the Federal Trade Commission… Continue Reading
Following up on my recent post on the matter, I had the opportunity to speak with Colin O’Keefe of LXBN on the subject of cross-device tracking. In the brief interview, I discuss the growing prevalence of cross-device tracking and what the FTC is doing in response.
Facebook does it. Google does it. It’s everywhere in the mobile ad ecosystem. And your smartphone does it more often than you know, according to a study released on Monday by Carnegie Mellon. Now, Federal authorities have turned their attention to cross-device and cross-service tracking of consumers over the last several days and weeks. Speaking at… Continue Reading
The Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC”) net neutrality proceeding culminated this month with the release of an Order reclassifying broadband Internet access service as a common carrier Telecommunications Service subject to regulation under Title II of the Communications Act. Previously, the FCC classified broadband service as a lightly regulated Title I Information Service, while Title II… Continue Reading
Today is Data Privacy Day, and as you might expect, we have a few bits and bytes for you. Use the Opportunity Data Privacy Day is another opportunity to push out a note to employees regarding their own privacy and security — and how that can help the company. Emails with articles and reminders… Continue Reading
Written by Cynthia Larose, CIPP and Ari Moskowitz, CIPP This has been a big week for cybersecurity announcements from Washington. In what the White House has called a series of “SOTU Spoilers,” President Obama announced his intention to follow through on some of the recommendations in his administration’s Big Data report — the culmination of… Continue Reading
Three privacy/security stories that you should know as you start your week: President Obama to Offer Cybersecurity/Privacy Previews to State of the Union Proposals In a series of speeches this week, President Obama will preview important issues to appear in his January 20th State of the Union address. A White House official said… Continue Reading
Questions of Authority – who will be the federal regulatory cop on the privacy beat? FTC? FCC? Privacy, Data Security Jurisdiction Questions to the Forefront in 2015 Written by Christopher Harvie As privacy and data security gain more visibility among policy-makers, questions of federal agency authority and jurisdiction are also gaining a higher profile. Since… Continue Reading
Sometimes the day just gets away from you… Here are three privacy & security things you should know for your week: 1. FTC Cites TRUSTe With Misrepresenting Practices – Fines $200,000 Apparently TRUSTe hasn’t been quite so …. the fine is part of an agreed settlement with the FTC, under which the Commission has charged… Continue Reading
Corrective action taken by Verizon Communications to fix security issues with its FiOS and DSL routers resulted in the FTC closing its investigation to determine whether Verizon’s distribution of the routers was an unfair or deceptive practice. According to the FTC, Verizon regularly shipped routers to consumers with the default security set to the outdated… Continue Reading
As we promised in our post on the Yelp and TinyCo Federal Trade Commission COPPA enforcement actions, the Mintz Privacy Team has prepared an extensive review and analysis of both actions, and a helpful guide to avoiding COPPA violations. Client Advisory is available here.
Written by Julia Siripurapu, CIPP As we predicted in prior blog posts (here and here), the Federal Trade Commission has begun its vigorous enforcement of the Amended COPPA Rule. And one of the players is not a child-related site, so read on.
FTC Sues Amazon Over In-App Purchases Made by Children Written by Jake Romero, CIPP Children, according to Whitney Houston, are our future, but they are also, according to the Federal Trade Commission, willing to spend unlimited amounts of money to purchase virtual items within mobile applications. In a lawsuit filed after Amazon.com, Inc. resisted a… Continue Reading
Written by Jake Romero, CIPP If you are one of the approximately 1.3 billion people who use Facebook, you’ve likely experienced the phenomenon where a single event (like Luiz Suarez biting that Italian guy or pretty much anything involving TSA) manages to raise the ire of a large number of your Facebook friends, causing them… Continue Reading