Tag Archives: privacy

Model Suing Lions Gate Over Opening Credits of Mad Men

The next time you watch Mad Men, you may find yourself paying a little closer attention to the opening credits. Last week, Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation was sued by a model from the 1950s and 1960s who is alleging the company violated her publicity and privacy rights by using a photograph from her in the show's opening credits without her permission.… Continue Reading

FTC Addresses Guidance on Mobile Privacy

On February 15, Chris Olsen of the FTC’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection spoke at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) stakeholders’ meeting in Washington, D.C. to address its recently released Mobile Privacy Disclosures Guidance. For a full list of the meeting’s highlights, please read the latest post on our sister blog, Global … Continue Reading

Who’s Watching You? Facebook Agrees to Provide More Transparency with Online Advertising

This post was also written by Christine Nielsen. Yielding to pressure from advertisers, ad agencies, the media, consumers, and, perhaps, the FTC, Facebook has agreed to place The Digital Advertising Alliance’s (DAA) “AdChoices” logo on ads served on its site via its FBX ad exchange. The move makes Facebook more accountable for educating users about online … Continue Reading

FTC to Mobile Industry: $800K… Can You Hear Me Now?

On February 1, the FTC announced its largest settlement to date with a mobile app developer – an $800,000 penalty – in conjunction with the release of guidance on mobile app best practices for app platforms, app developers, third parties and app trade associations.  The guidance document and the enforcement action together demonstrate the need … Continue Reading

Privacy Stakeholders Meet Again Over Mobile Privacy Best Practices

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce held its latest meeting with privacy stakeholders November 30, to discuss privacy best practices for the mobile environment. We have previously blogged about some of these earlier meetings on our sister blog from our Global Regulatory Enforcement Group. This latest meeting once again joined members of the app developer industry with members of consumer advocate and privacy groups, along with other stakeholders from government, academia, and the private sector. Discussion focused on the latest draft of the Mobile Application Transparency Code of Conduct. Some of the issues considered in this latest draft are...… Continue Reading

Facebook Rapped Again Over Privacy

It’s the latest set-back for social media behemoth, Facebook. After a rocky three months since its IPO where investors have seen shares fall by around 50%, a German advocacy group has accused the social network of violating privacy laws. The Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZBV) has demanded that Facebook obtain an explicit consent before … Continue Reading

A Growing Trend – Employers Prohibited from Requesting Employee or Applicant Social Media Log-In Information

Earlier this year, Maryland enacted Labor and Employment Code §3-712, becoming the first state to pass a law explicitly prohibiting employers from requesting or requiring employees or applicants to disclose their usernames and passwords for their personal social media accounts. The law also prohibits an employer from discharging, disciplining, or penalizing the employee (or threatening to do so) or refusing to hire an applicant for refusal to disclose this information.… Continue Reading

European Mobile Operators Support App Privacy

In Barcelona, at the end of February, the GSMA announced the launch of a new initiative addressing mobile app privacy. At a time when the European market is flooded with apps across various platforms and devices, and consumer concerns about privacy and protection of personal information are paramount, this announcement has been very well received. … Continue Reading

European Mobile Operators Back App Privacy Guidelines

On February, 27 2012, with the support of Europe’s largest mobile operators, the GSMA published a set of global Privacy Design Guidelines for Mobile Application Development. These guidelines come just days after the largest US based app providers, including Google, Apple and Amazon, agreed to legally enforceable privacy standards.  Learn more by visiting our sister … Continue Reading

Facebook Gets In Your Face

This post was written by Spencer Wein. Facebook has rolled out a new feature that uses photo recognition technology to suggest friends’ names to tag in uploaded photos. While certainly an impressive feature, the problem is that the social network giant introduced the feature as a default setting rather than as an opt-in option. This has left … Continue Reading

McCain-Kerry Bill Introduced

After months of deliberations, Senators John McCain and John Kerry introduced a comprehensive privacy bill entitled, the Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2011 (the Act). Released in a press conference held by McCain and Kerry last week, the bill establishes a baseline framework for the privacy, security and management of personal information, an … Continue Reading

The Online Behavioral Advertising Debate Heats Up in D.C.

A draft Commerce Department report being reviewed by the White House that recommends the creation of a privacy policy office and passage of legislation that establishes "a baseline privacy framework" was leaked yesterday and is proliferating as we speak (or write). In all, the report makes 10 recommendations and poses dozens of questions on many … Continue Reading

Survey on Privacy Law Developments

Although somewhat outside our traditional scope, I came across an excellent PowerPoint that our colleague, Christopher Cwalina, presented to Council of Chief Privacy Officers in New York yesterday. We all deal with privacy issues in the workplace, and these materials will hopefully provide our readership with a contemporary and comprehensive state of the law summary. … Continue Reading

Teen COPPA?

The Federal Trade Commission testified that while teens are heavy users of the digital environment and may benefit from using the Internet to socialize with peers, learn about issues that interest them, and express themselves, it also can pose unique challenges for them. The FTC testimony to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, … Continue Reading

EU Demands Opt In for Online Behavioural Advertising

It is not good news for advertisers, search engines, digital agencies and affiliates. The European Data privacy regulators have published an Opinion (22nd June 2010) which states that behavioural advertising, which drives more than 23 billion dollar revenues on the Internet , must change its approach to collecting data on web users and cease delivering advertising … Continue Reading

@SecuredTweets: Twitter settles privacy charges brought by Federal Trade Commission

Today, Twitter and the Federal Trade Commission settled charges that the micro-blogging site had engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices because of "serious lapses in the company's data security." The FTC began an investigation into Twitter after hackers obtained administrative control of the service, accessed tweets that consumers had designated private, and sent out phony tweets (from then-Presidential candidate Barack Obama, Fox News, and others). In its complaint, the FTC alleged that Twitter was vulnerable to these attacks because it failed to take certain reasonable steps to prevent unauthorized administrative control of its system. Those steps included...… Continue Reading

What the New Consumer Privacy Bill Means for Data Collection

On Monday, May 10th, 2010, the article “What the New Consumer Privacy Bill Means for Data Collection” appeared on Mobile Marketer, a widely read publication within the mobile marketing and advertising community. The article, written by Adam Snukal, summarizes the proposed privacy legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last week. If you have any questions … Continue Reading

Arms’ War in Italy: Aggressive Marketers Versus Privacy Watchdog

This post was written by Avv. Felix Hofer, and first appeared in Volume V of the Gala Gazette. 1. Implementing both, EU Directive 2002/58/EC of July 12th, 2002 (Directive on privacy and electronic communications) as well as Directive 2000/31/EC of June 8th, 2000 (Directive on electronic commerce) the Italian legislator decided that unsolicited commercial communication … Continue Reading

What, Me Worry? Legal Best Practices for Small Publishers An Informative Webinar Sponsored by the IAB Long Tail Alliance And Presented by Reed Smith

If you haven’t already registered for the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s education webinar, entitled “What Me Worry? Legal Best Practices for Small Publishers”, THERE IS STILL TIME! The webinar, which is scheduled for this coming Friday, October 23, 2009 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Eastern US Time), is being presented by Reed Smith and sponsored by … Continue Reading

Ten Data Security Questions Faced by Every Company

This post was written by Paul Bond.  When emergencies hit, Reed Smith’s clients routinely call upon the Firm’s Privacy, Security, and Management Group. We’ve dealt with everything from lost laptops to international hacking, database thefts by employees to pharmacy dumpster diving. On the litigation side, we have defended more than sixty (60) consumer class actions … Continue Reading

Reed Smith DC Office Hosting FCBA Privacy/Data Security & Legislative Committees Meeting Tomorrow

Reed Smith will host the next brown bag lunch meeting of the Federal Communications Bar Association’s joint Privacy/Data Security and Legislative Committees. The meeting will be held tomorrow, October 13, 2009, between 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. at Reed Smith’s Washington, D.C. offices (1301 K Street, NW, Suite 1100 East Tower). The Committees will discuss … Continue Reading

Don’t Worry, Be Informed!

On Friday, October 23, 2009, from 12 – 1 p.m. (Eastern US Time), Joseph I. (“Joe”) Rosenbaum, Partner at Reed Smith and General Counsel of the IAB, assisted by Adam Snukal, Senior Associate at Reed Smith, will be presenting an educational webinar, sponsored by the Long Tail Alliance Program of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), … Continue Reading
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