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The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging that Airbnb is violating the FTC Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by assigning “secret ratings to prospective renters, based on behavior traits using an opaque, proprietary algorithm.”  EPIC is a non-profit that seeks to advance

Yesterday, the FTC announced that it had reached a settlement with LendEDU and three of its officers over misleading ratings and reviews.

LendEDU runs a website that compares student loans and other financial products. Although they advertised that the ratings are on the site are “completely objective and not influenced by compensation,” the FTC argued

Ad Law Access PodcastOn the latest episode of the Ad Law Access Podcast, Senior Associate Katie Townley makes her podcast debut with a discussion of promotions. Katie provides this Taylor Swift contest as an example of how things can go wrong.

For additional information on promotions and other issues, visit the Advertising and Privacy Law Resource Center

In 2019, Ad Law Access published 124 stories on a wide range of topics. However, two topics stood out above the others:

  • California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
    CCPA was far and away the most popular topic of 2019 and, as mentioned in one of our last posts of the year, “businesses and privacy professionals

This week, the FTC announced a settlement with Sunday Riley Modern Skincare and its CEO, Sunday Riley, over allegations that company managers and employees posted fake reviews on Sephora.com.

The FTC alleged that company managers, including Ms. Riley herself, posted reviews of the company’s products on Sephora.com, and asked other employees do the same. When

In the world of social media, a person’s power is often measured in terms of followers. Because more followers generally means more reach, companies who engage influencers often base their compensation on this metric. But follower counts may not always be what they seem. According to a New York Times report last year, influencers can

Even in her extensive dissent, FTC Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter labeled the Order “exceptional.”

And it is.  The terms of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) $5 billion, twenty-year settlement Order reached with Facebook on Wednesday is the agency’s most prescriptive privacy and data security agreement ever.  The Order comes just three days shy of the seventh

Please join us on May 1 in Charlotte for a half-day workshop covering the latest advertising and privacy law developments. This interactive event will provide an update on crucial consumer protection issues, deliver practical guidance and benchmarking, and offer an opportunity to connect with peers across a variety of industries.

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The recent Netflix and Hulu documentaries about the Fyre Festival have thrust the failed event back into the spotlight. That was a few scandals ago, so for those of you who don’t remember it, here’s a short recap.

Billy MacFarland and Ja Rule wanted to host a luxury festival on a deserted island. They found