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FTC publishes first COPPA enforcement actions under revised regulation
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • November 12 2014

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced two settlements of enforcement actions involving the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act ("COPPA"


Federal Trade Commission issues closing letter on Hyundai blog campaign
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • February 21 2012

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”) issued a closing letter on November 16, 2011, to Hyundai Motor America (“Hyundai”), ending its investigation into the company’s blogging campaign that was intended to build interest in advertisements scheduled to premiere during the Super Bowl


ECPA legislation under congressional consideration
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • November 12 2014

September featured several developments in the ongoing debate over the limits on the government's ability to access personal electronic


FDA publishes draft social media guidance documents
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • September 5 2014

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released drafts of two new guidance documents that are relevant to companies offering prescription drugs


Federal Trade Commission looks at "the big picture"
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • December 12 2012

Carrying out a plan announced earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) convened a day-long public workshop on “The Big Picture: Comprehensive Online Data Collection” on December 6, 2012


Congress and the states consider legislation on employer access to social media accounts
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • August 3 2012

Lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives have introduced legislation (S. 3074, H.R. 5684) that would amend the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to make it a federal crime, punishable by fines, for employers to knowingly and intentionally “compel or coerce” a person to authorize access (such as by providing a password) to a computer that is not the employer’s computer, for hiring, promotion or firing purposes, and thereby to obtain information from the computer


Senate Commerce ponders self-regulation
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • August 3 2012

Under the Chairmanship of Sen. Rockefeller (D-WV), the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (the “Committee”) continues to examine issues of data privacy and consumer protection


State attorneys general to examine privacy
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • August 3 2012

In June, Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler was elected president of the National Association of Attorneys General (“NAAG”) and announced that his year-long presidential initiative will focus on “Privacy in the Digital Age.”


FTC requests further comment on its COPPA rule
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • August 3 2012

On August 1, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued its supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) in connection with its Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (“COPPA Rule”) review


FTC and Spokeo settle Fair Credit Reporting Act allegations
  • Venable LLP
  • USA
  • August 3 2012

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) settled allegations against consumer data provider Spokeo in what the agency described as its first case on the sale of Internet and social media data in the employment screening context