FTC Reaches $32.5 Million Settlement Agreement with Apple, Inc. Over Deceptive Billing Practices in Mobile Apps for Children

By | Data Privacy Monitor | January 16, 2014
FTC Reaches $32.5 Million Settlement Agreement with Apple, Inc. Over Deceptive Billing Practices in Mobile Apps for Children

The Federal Trade Commission announced its sizeable settlement agreement with Apple, Inc. on Wednesday, over allegations that the company had violated Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act by billing consumers millions of dollars for in-app purchases made by children on Apple devices without parental consent. 

Apple to Pay at Least $32.5 Million in Refunds for Unauthorized in-App Purchases

By | Ad Law Access | January 15, 2014
Apple to Pay at Least $32.5 Million in Refunds for Unauthorized in-App Purchases

Today, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”) announced a settlement with technology giant Apple Inc., which will require the company to pay at least $32.5 million in refunds to consumers that the Commission alleges were billed for unauthorized in-app charges incurred by children playing popular mobile games.

Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast

By | Steptoe Cyberblog | January 15, 2014

We are pleased to offer a new component of the Steptoe Cyberblog, the Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast.  The podcasts will be a weekly feature of the Cyberblog offering up the commentary and opinions of our authors on the latest events in technology, security, privacy, and government.  We hope you enjoy it!

Court Strikes Net Neutrality Rules, Leaves Path for Other Broadband Regulations

By | InsideTechMedia | January 15, 2014

A federal appeals court struck down key parts of the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order in a Jan. 14 decision, ruling that the FCC’s “net neutrality” rules improperly regulate broadband providers like “common carriers” — such as providers of traditional telephone service — even though the FCC has classified broadband providers as not subject to common-carrier obligations.

FTC Announces Major Settlement with Apple Over in-App Purchases

By | Privacy & Security Matters | January 15, 2014
FTC Announces Major Settlement with Apple Over in-App Purchases

FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez just announced (press conference) that Apple, Inc. (“Apple”) has agreed to provide consumers full refunds of at least  $32.5 Million Dollars to settle the Commission’s complaint alleging that Apple billed consumers millions of dollars in charges incurred by children in purchasing items that costs money within mobile apps for kids (“children’s in-app charges”), without parental consent.

The D.C. Circuit’s Net Neutrality Decision: A Welcome Development

The D.C. Circuit’s Net Neutrality Decision: A Welcome Development

Tuesday’s decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, striking down the FCC’s so-called “net neutrality” regulations, is a welcome development.  As noted by many, these regulations amount to a solution in search of a problem, with the only lasting and real-world effects being the creation of the precedent of governmental oversight of the previously unregulated Internet.

Back to Google’s Backyard: Forum and Venue Clause Enforced to Dismiss Putative Class Action

For most corporations, standard forum and venue “home court advantage” clauses are par for the course.  For companies with an expansive reach like Google’s, they are essential. Google has long included these clauses in its standard terms of use, and courts have enforced them to dismiss potentially expensive cases at the earliest stage of litigation.