Effective October 16, 2013, the rules governing telephone and text marketing will significantly change. Under prior Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations issued under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) (47 U.S.C. 227), telephone and text marketers could telephone and text market to consumers’ residential phones using autodialing equipment that is standard in call center operations, based either on having “express consent” from a consumer or because of a “pre-existing business relationship” with that consumer.
Google is facing increased scrutiny of its data collection and use practices, which may be a warning to all Internet and online service providers
On July 1st of this year, new amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (COPPA Rule) came into effect, with perhaps the most pronounced changes being the expansion of COPPA to apply to geolocation information and persistent identifiers used in behavioral advertising.
The Internet of Things: FDA Releases Guidance On Securing Wireless Medical Devices — What Medical Device Manufacturers Should Know
FDA published the Guidance amidst heightened public and governmental scrutiny of wireless medical devices. The threat of “human hacking” – taking control of someone’s wireless medical device and modifying its functionality to cause harm – recently gained widespread public attention due to the curious death of Barnaby Jack.
Vermont Grocery Store Agrees to Settlement with Attorney General for Alleged Violation of State Data Breach Response Laws
Natural Provisions, Inc., a Vermont health foods grocery chain, agreed to pay $30,000 to settle claims brought by the Vermont attorney general that it failed to notify consumers and the attorney general within the statutory period required by Vermont’s Security Breach Notice Act and Consumer Protection Act.
Reminder: October 16 is the Effective Date for the FCC’s Written Consent Rule for Prerecorded Telemarketing Calls and Autodialed Telemarketing to Cellphones
Companies that engage in telemarketing – either on their own or by contracting with a third-party telemarketing provider – should remember that new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) telemarketing rules go into effect October 16, 2013, requiring companies to obtain prior express written consent from consumers before calling them with prerecorded telemarketing “robocalls” or before using an autodialer to call their wireless numbers with telemarketing messages.
At this week’s IAPP Privacy Academy in Seattle, Washington, Harriet Pearson, Partner in the Hogan Lovells Privacy and Information Management Practice, hosted a breakout session entitled How to Work with Your European Data Protection Authority.
Last week, New York’s Attorney General’s Office announced that it had entered into settlements with nineteen companies, totaling more than $350,000 in fines, based on those companies’ involvement in producing fake online reviews for businesses around the state.
Under the Privacy Rule, an individual has the right to adequate notice of how a covered entity may use and disclose PHI about the individual, as well as his/her rights and the covered entity’s obligations with respect to that information.
Just in time for the September 23, 2013, deadline for compliance with the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued a set of model notices of privacy practices for health care providers and group health plans, available at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/modelnotices.html.