The Federal Trade Commission announced that it has approved a new method for companies to obtain parents’ verifiable consent for online collection and use of children’s personal information under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule.
What do music teachers, process servers, dentists, store planners, arbitrators, engineers, social workers and psychologists have in common? Answer: at one time or another each of these groups have gotten together in trade or professional associations and set up rules limiting the ability of members of the association to advertise or engage in competitive solicitation for customers.
Last December, the FTC gave to us the long awaited (or maybe not so much by covered entities!) final amendments to the 14-year old Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule (the “COPPA Rule,” and as amended, the “Amended COPPA Rule”).
Following its highly publicized workshop exploring consumer privacy and security issues arising from the emerging market of the Internet of Things, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is now calling for filed comments on issues raised during the workshop.
As advertising dollars continue to decline for newspapers and other mainstream media outlets, the journalism industry has looked for new ways to generate revenue. Though the practice isn’t necessarily new, what’s now called native advertising has risen dramatically in popularity. But even leaving aside journalism ethics, there are plenty of potential pitfalls—and that’s why the FTC held a workshop to begin to hash things out.
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.
Web cameras, burglar alarms, fitness monitors, smartphones, and a host of other internet connected devices all have the potential to invade privacy by collecting and sharing personal information.
Native ads, or advertisements that imitate the form and style of the content in which they are featured, are the hottest new trend in advertising. This comes as no surprise to consumers: three-quarters of US publishers already offer some form of native ads, and another 17 percent say they are considering offering it within the year.
Yesterday, the FTC announced yet another privacy law enforcement action in the mobile arena. An Android mobile application developer has agreed to settle the Commission’s claims alleging that the application, which allows a device to be used as a flashlight, deceived consumers about how their precise geolocation information would be collected and shared with third parties.