FTC Settlement with Flashlight App Developer Sheds Light On Expanded Notice Requirements and the Status of Geolocation Information

FTC Settlement with Flashlight App Developer Sheds Light On Expanded Notice Requirements and the Status of Geolocation Information

On December 5, 2013, the FTC agreed to settle a complaint lodged against Goldenshores Technologies, LLC (Goldenshores) alleging that the company deceived users by misrepresenting its practices when collecting and sharing the personal data of users through its popular Brightest Flashlight Free mobile application.

Better Business Bureau Warns Advertisers and Web Publishers to Take Responsibility for Behavioral Advertising Disclosures

By | Privacy Law Blog | December 13, 2013

The Better Business Bureau (“BBB”) and the Direct Marketing Association (“DMA”) are in charge of enforcing the ad industry’s Self Regulatory Principles for Online Behavioral Advertising (“OBA Principles”), which regulate the online behavioral advertising activities of both advertisers and publishers (that is, web sites on which behaviorally-targeted ads are displayed or from which user data is collected and used to target ads elsewhere).

Minnesota Department of Human Services Flip-Flops On “Ban-the-Box” Guidance

Minnesota Department of Human Services Flip-Flops On “Ban-the-Box” Guidance

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (“DHS”) has reversed its earlier interpretation of the new “Ban the Box” legislation and has now declared that, effective January 1, 2014, all employers who are required to conduct criminal background checks in the health care and related fields under Minnesota Statutes 245C are prohibited from requesting an applicant’s criminal history on the initial employment application. Instead, that inquiry must wait until later in the pre-employment process.