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Privacy & Security, COPPA & GLB
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Are You Listening? The FTC Has Been: Enforcement Policy Issued for Child Audio Recordings

What’s the News?

Take out the microphone and get ready to record! Just don’t ask any personal questions and make sure that you’re prepared to then dump it all. This sums up the guidance provided by the Federal Trade Commission in a recently released Enforcement Policy. The Policy was released in response to frequently raised concerns from industry members regarding the need for developers of voice commanded technologies to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule, particularly where such technologies are designed for home use and may record the voices of children. Under the Policy, the FTC has stated that it will not take action against companies that offer devices that can record the voice of children if several requirements are met:

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Privacy & Security
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SEC Enforcement Division Creates Cyber Unit to Pursue Data Security Cases

Last month, the SEC announced the creation of a new “Cyber Unit” within the Enforcement Division to target misconduct related to cybersecurity. The unit is being created in conjunction with internal SEC initiatives to strengthen cybersecurity in the wake of the agency’s infamous data breach last year.
 

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Privacy & Security
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Shutterfly Biometric Privacy Face Off Gets Go-Ahead

The latest question in privacy law is not what’s in a name (or IP address, PHI, TV viewing activity, etc.), but what’s on a face. Consumers are becoming increasingly concerned with how companies are using their biometric information such as facial, fingerprint, and iris information. In one closely watched case, photo sharing website Shutterfly faces allegations that it violated consumer privacy by collecting facial scans without consent.

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Privacy & Security
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FTC and 3 Companies Settle Enforcement Charges Regarding False Privacy Shield Claims

Just as the Sword in the Stone could only be used by its rightful owner, the Privacy Shield can only be claimed by the rightfully certified entities. If not, false representations may stir Federal Trade Commission action. The FTC recently announced their first enforcement actions involving the EU-US Privacy Shield framework, settling complaints with three US companies.

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Advertising, Social Media, User-Generated Content, Gaming & Interactive Media
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It’s Every Influencer for Themselves as FTC Settles Debut Case Against Individual Social Stars

Calling all #influencers: that promotional post may attract more attention than you bargained for with your brand if you fail to use required disclosures. With several enforcement actions against companies, assistance from Instagram’s new paid partnerships tool, and the first ever complaint directly against social media influencers, the Federal Trade Commission has made it clear that they are fed up with deceptive endorsements.

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Privacy & Security, GDPR
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Read Here to Update: Privacy Policies, Connectivity, and Consent in the Age of the GDPR

Thinking about updating your privacy policy? Consider how to get consumer buy-in as part of the process. Your organization may be in the process of revamping its privacy practices, and as a result its external privacy policy, to keep up with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules. This is good practice, but your organization should also consider how to publish the revised policies externally and internally, and whether consumer consent is appropriate.

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Advertising, Mobile Marketing, Social Media
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Online Retailer and Executive Plead Guilty to Price-Fixing Conspiracy Conducted Via Social Media and Text Messaging

An online retailer and its president recently pled guilty to a price-fixing conspiracy for customized promotional products that was implemented through text messaging and social media platforms. The successful prosecutions are the latest in the Department of Justice’s ongoing antitrust investigation into the online promotional products industry.
 

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Advertising, Social Media, User-Generated Content
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Instagram Signals to #Influencers That There’s a #NewSheriff in Town

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Instagram has a message for social media Influencers: the Wild West is coming to an end. The popular photo-sharing platform is rolling out a new tool that will make it easier to tag and track paid commercial content. The tool offers a potential replacement for the much loathed “#ad” disclosure, but it also signals a coming crackdown on Influencer posts.

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Privacy & Security, Blockchain
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Sarah Bruno Discusses Legal Landscape of Blockchain-Ready Industries at ILTACON 2017

Privacy, Cybersecurity & Data Protection group leader Sarah Bruno will discuss "Blockchain in Legal" with Thomson Reuters' Joseph Raczynski at the 2017 International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) Annual Educational Conference, ILTACON.

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Privacy & Security
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Data Divide: Japan’s Clarity and China’s Chaos in Reshaped Privacy and Security Regs

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Major regulatory changes in data governance recently went into effect in Japan and China that are likely to impact organizations doing business in these Asian markets. While the regulations are long-awaited, their implementation follows on the heels of the global Wannacry ransomware data scare and at the same time as companies attempt to prepare for the European General Data Protection Regulation. Both countries’ changes warrant reviews of company policies and procedures, but they are also quite different: Japan’s straightforward amendments focus on consumer information and data protection, while China turned a controversial focus to network operators managing data.

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