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FTC expands focus on tracking and use of consumers’ location data

USA - March 31 2014 Over the past few years, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has provided guidance regarding mobile platforms and app providers’ practices of…

Kristen E. Baker, Lindsay A. Lutz, Roxane A. Polidora

California internet privacy bill signed by Governor, effective Jan. 1

USA - October 2 2013 On Friday, September 27, 2013, California Governor Edmund G. Brown signed Assembly Bill 370, a bill that amends the Business & Professions Code &sect…

Elsa S. Broeker, Amy L. Pierce, Deborah S. Thoren-Peden

I know what you watched last summer

USA - May 10 2012 The Northern District of California continues the series begun by the Seventh Circuit in Sterk v. Redbox Automated Retail LLC, against class actions brought under the federal Video Privacy Protection Act and seeking lucrative liquidated damages simply because a "video tape service provider" retains records of customers' video purchases and rentals past the one-year cut-off.

Lauren Lynch Flick, Amy L. Pierce, Christine A. Scheuneman, Jennifer So

U.S. Supreme Court limits the scope of "actual damages" in the federal Privacy Act

USA - April 6 2012 In its March 28 decision in Federal Aviation Administration v. Cooper, the U.S. Supreme Court interpreted the federal Privacy Act of 1974 and held that the term "actual damages," as used in the Act, does not include damages for mental or emotional distress.

Amy L. Pierce, Christine A. Scheuneman, Jennifer So

California court OKs collecting consumer zip codes to combat credit card fraud

USA - March 22 2012 Just over a year after it was filed, Chevron Corporation and other oil companies won dismissal of a putative privacy class action filed after the California Supreme Court's decision in Pineda v. Williams-Sonoma Stores, Inc.

Amy L. Pierce, Christine A. Scheuneman, Jennifer So