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Posted in Consumer Privacy, International/EU Privacy, Privacy & Security Litigation

In Hong Kong, When Is Public Data Actually Private Data?

Somewhat of a furor has been caused in Hong Kong by the decision of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data to issue an enforcement notice to stop a company from supplying data on individuals obtained from publicly available litigation and bankruptcy records via a smartphone application, claiming that the company “seriously invaded” the privacy of those individuals.

Posted in Consumer Privacy, International/EU Privacy

Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner Joins International Review of Transparency and Mobile Apps

In May 2013, the Hong Kong Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data joined the Global Privacy Enforcement Network to conduct a privacy review to evaluate the transparency in the collection and use of personal data online, with a focus on Apps. This follows from the Privacy Commissioner’s issuance of an Information Leaflet in November 2012, which provides practical guidance aimed at App developers on how to comply with the Hong Kong Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance Cap. 486. There is clearly a rising concern among both the Privacy Commissioner and the public on the collection and use of personal data through the use of Apps by App providers, both in Hong Kong and worldwide.

Posted in Consumer Privacy, International/EU Privacy

European Regulators State that Non-EU Mobile Apps Must Comply with EU Privacy Laws

The European Union’s Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (“WP29“), which consists of the 27 data protection authorities of the European Union Member States, has published its “Opinion on Apps in Smart Devices“, adopted on 27 February 2013 (the “Opinion“). Applicability of EU laws According to WP29, the 1995 Data Protection Directive applies to all [...]

Posted in Consumer Privacy

Lawmakers Develop Mobile Privacy Legislation While California AG Files Privacy Suit Against Mobile App Developer

James Denvil, an associate in our Washington office, contributed to this entry.  This week, Washington lawmakers and California’s Attorney General focused their attention on mobile privacy.  The Senate Judiciary Committee is considering a measure that would establish legal requirements for apps that collect or share location information from mobile devices.  A Democratic congressman released for [...]

Posted in Consumer Privacy

California AG Sends Enforcement Letter to Developers of Popular Mobile Apps

On Tuesday, October 30, the California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced that her office has begun “formally notifying” mobile device application (“app”) operators that they are out of compliance with the notice provisions of the California Online Privacy Protection Act of 2003 (“CalOPPA”). The letters are a reminder that app developers and their partners should review their app data privacy and security practices and ensure that any apps collecting PII comply with the CalOPPA requirements, as well as other applicable Federal and state laws.

Posted in Consumer Privacy

New Guidelines Released for Mobile App Privacy Policies

Amid increasing media and regulator scrutiny over location-based services, the Mobile Marketing Association has released a set of draft privacy policy guidelines for mobile applications (“apps”). These guidelines address key data privacy and security issues and provide a helpful “starting point” for companies that develop or deploy mobile apps. With assistance from Hogan Lovells, the Future of Privacy Forum participated in the development of these guidelines.

Posted in News & Events

Our Privacy Blog Goes Mobile!

The Hogan Lovells privacy blog is now mobile! Learn about our new mobile-formatted content available through our new App. Imagine, you can be standing in line (or on line, if in NYC) and bide the time by looking at your mobile device to read about the latest FTC enforcement action. Learn more in this entry.