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Posted in Consumer Privacy

Rep. Rush Introduces Privacy Bill to Regulate Collection and Use of Personal Information

On July 19, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, introduced a privacy bill that would codify certain fair information principles into law for certain “covered entities” that collect, maintain, use, and transfer to third parties any “covered information” (consisting of personally identifiable information as well as any “unique identifier,” including IP addresses).

Posted in Financial Privacy

Regulations Imposing New Obligations on Entities Furnishing Information to Consumer Reporting Agencies Go into Effect on July 1

On July 1, 2010, final regulations will go into effect that impose new obligations on entities that furnish information about individuals (“data furnishers”) to consumer reporting agencies (“CRAs”) for use in reports about those individuals. These regulations require data furnishers to institute reasonable policies and procedures that (1) ensure the accuracy and integrity of furnished information and (2) allow individuals to formally dispute the correctness of certain information that is furnished about them to CRAs directly with the data furnisher.

Posted in Consumer Privacy

Reps. Boucher and Stearns Release Long-Awaited Advertising Privacy Bill

On May 4, Representatives Rick Boucher (D-Va.) and Cliff Stearns (R-Fl.) of the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet published a discussion draft of long-anticipated privacy legislation that would restrict companies’ online collection and use of personal information and online activity, including use for the purpose of targeted online advertising. This blog post contains some observations about the draft bill, in its current form.

Posted in Consumer Privacy

FTC Issues Guidance on Blogging-for-Pay, Testimonial Disclaimers, and Celebrity Endorsements in First Revision of Endorsement Guides in 29 Years

We have distributed a Hogan & Hartson Privacy Update on the FTC’s October 5 revisions to its Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising, the first modifications to these key advertising guidelines since 1980.  While the Guides are advisory in nature, they reflect situations in which the FTC may exercise its prosecutorial discretion to enforce Section 5 of the […]

Posted in Consumer Privacy

FTC Announces COPPA Enforcement Action

On October 20, 2009, the FTC announced a settlement with Iconix Brand Group, Inc., pursuant to which Iconix will pay a $250,000 penalty to settle the FTC’s charges that it violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the COPPA Rule by knowingly collecting, using, and disclosing personal information from children online without first […]