Hogan Lovells partner Daniel Brenner speculates on the impact of the July 2011 Memorandum of Understanding between major U.S. ISPs and content owners.
The Federal Trade Commission this afternoon announced a proposed consent decree with the prominent social network Facebook, settling allegations that Facebook violated Section 5 of the FTC Act by failing to live up to representations made to consumers regarding its privacy practices. Among other remedial measures, the FTC required Facebook to obtain independent privacy compliance audits for the next 20 years. Along with the FTC’s recent consent decrees with Google and Twitter, the FTC now effectively has regulatory oversight over the privacy and data security practices of the three most prominent social networking companies in the United States.
Chris Wolf, Barbara Bennett, Stefan Schuppert, Winston Maxwell and Lionel De Souza are participating in the IAPP Privacy Congress in Paris. This entry contains a live blog from the opening session which featured the Chair of the Article 29 Working Party and EU Vice President Viviane Reding.
Hogan Lovells privacy attorneys examine the challenges of deploying geolocation services in five jurisdictions, including France, Spain, Germany, the United States and Hong Kong.
Hogan Lovells Privacy and Information Management practice leader Chris Wolf recenrtly moderated a panel on cloud computing in Washington, DC featuring government and industry leaders. This blog entry points to a report containing a full-length video of the session.
The FTC today extended the deadline for public comments to its proposed revisions to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule, which regulates the collection of personal information from children under 13, from November 28 to December 23.
This blog entry reports on an industry push against “digital protectionism” that can result from overly-restrictive privacy rules, on a speech by a senior US government official promoting enforceable industry codes of conduct, and the APEC cross-border recognition agreement.
Elisabethann Wright, a Partner in our Brussels Office, presented at the 33d International Congress of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Mexico City last week. In this entry, she shares some reflections from her participation.
Hogan Lovells Privacy and Information Management practice leader Chris Wolf will moderate a complimentary lunchtime panel on cloud computing on Tuesday, November 15th in Washington, DC featuring government and industry leaders. Readers of the Hogan Lovells Chronicle of Data Protection are invited to attend and participate. For a place at the event, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Federal Trade Commission yesterday announced settlements with two online companies for deceptively collecting personal information from consumers, including its first enforcement action against the use of “Flash cookies” and an enforcement action against a social network that collected children’s information without parental consent. As a result, businesses whose websites (or vendors) utilize Flash cookies, HTML5, or ETags to track user browsing should reexamine their privacy disclosures.
The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a $2.96 million forfeiture against Travel Club Marketing, Inc. for apparent violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and related FCC rules regarding the delivery of prerecorded messages, as well as its Caller ID rules. This enforcement action serves as a reminder to companies placing autodialed calls or delivering prerecorded messages to ensure that such calls and messages comply with federal and state laws. Otherwise, they risk not only class action litigation, but also potential regulatory enforcement fines that are imposed on a per-call basis.
On October 20th, the Spanish Data Protection Authority, the Agencia Espanola de Protecccion de Datos (AEPD), announced an unprecedented decision against an individual who impersonated someone on a social networking site and thus engaged in identity theft. The AEPD fined the individual who had created a profile in a sexually-oriented social network, and chose not to proceed against the online host of the offending content.