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On April 8, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Enforcement Bureau announced that AT&T has agreed to a $25 million consent decree to resolve an FCC investigation into alleged consumer privacy violations at AT&T call centers in Mexico, Columbia, and the Philippines. According to the FCC, AT&T violated Section 222 of the Communications Act (the

Last week, the FTC stated support for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (“NHTSA’s”) approach to privacy and data security within the NHTSA’s proposed regulation relating to vehicle-to-vehicle (“V2V”) communications. The proposed rule, which would incorporate V2V technology into passenger cars and light trucks by 2019, is intended to enhance driver safety by aggregating and

On February 19, 2014, the FTC hosted a public seminar on mobile device tracking, the first event in the FTC’s Spring Privacy Series on emerging consumer privacy issues.  The seminar included a tutorial on how retail tracking technology works, along with a panel featuring representatives from consumer groups, and the retail, marketing, and technology industries,

On February 6, the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Internet Administration (“NTIA”) hosted the first of eight planned multi-stakeholder meetings aimed at creating a voluntary code of conduct to address the growing commercial and government use of facial recognition technology. The meeting included a primer on how facial technology works, current applications, technical privacy

Two new actions announced in the past week indicate that federal and state regulators will continue to aggressively enforce data security and consumer protection laws in the wake of recent high profile consumer data breaches.

Today, the FTC announced a settlement with GMR Transcription Services, Inc. (“GMR”), a provider of medical transcription services, along with 

This week, the Federal Trade Commission announced the latest updates to its Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) document to assist online operators as they work to comply with changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection (“COPPA”) Rule that went into effect on July 1, 2013. The updated FAQs address the following topics:

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Two industry organizations announced new initiatives designed to help mobile app developers comply with revisions to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) Rule, which take effect today.

Today, the Association of Competitive Technologies (“ACT”) launched Moms With Apps, an initiative aimed at highlighting mobile apps that were designed with children’s privacy in mind.

This week, the Federal Trade Commission announced the latest update to its frequently asked questions (“FAQs”) document to assist online operators as they prepare for changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection (“COPPA”) Rule, which go into effect on July 1, 2013. The updated FAQs address the parental notice and consent obligations for operators that