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Federal Trade Commission Releases Report on Mobile Shopping Apps: Finds Insufficient Disclosures to Consumers

Posted in Data Security, Emerging Technologies, Federal Trade Commission, Financial Privacy, Privacy Policies, Technology Transactions

Today, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued a staff report examining the consumer-protection implications of popular shopping apps.  These services are intended to ease and enhance the shopping experience by allowing consumers to, for example, compare prices in-store across retailers, collect and redeem deals, or pay for purchases while shopping in brick-and-mortar stores.  The FTC… Continue Reading

FTC Hosts Workshop to Examine Comprehensive Data Collection

Posted in Advertising & Marketing, Data Security, Federal Trade Commission, Mobile, Online, Privacy Policies, Technology Transactions, United States

On Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) hosted a workshop to explore the practices and privacy implications of comprehensive data collection. The event gathered consumer protection groups, academics, privacy professionals, and business and industry representatives to examine the current state of comprehensive data collection, its risks and potential benefits, and what the future holds for… Continue Reading

Government May be Immune to Suits Alleging Violations of FACTA

Posted in Financial Privacy, Litigation, Technology Transactions, United States

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the federal government does not always lose its sovereign immunity to damages lawsuits claiming that an agency violated the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (“FACTA”) by printing the expiration date of a credit card on a receipt issued to a consumer. In a unanimous decision, authored… Continue Reading

DOT issues final rule on passenger rights

Posted in International, Technology Transactions

Yesterday the Department of Transportation issued its final rule on “Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections.”  The proposed rule had been published in December 2009 and received over 2,000 comments.  One of the most controversial aspects of the original proposed rule was a requirement that airlines must provide all their fare and product information to Global Distribution Systems… Continue Reading

Survey Indicates Banks Taking “Wait and See” Approach to Mobile Payments

Posted in Financial Institutions, Mobile, Technology Transactions

Fiserv, Inc. recently released the results of a survey suggesting banks are taking a “wait and see” approach to mobile payments. Fiserv commissioned and Forrester Consulting conducted the survey of 15 large U.S. banks, which found that most of the banks offered mobile banking services allowing customers to make transfers between accounts, find an ATM,… Continue Reading

Privacy increasingly a factor in antitrust/competition law analysis

Posted in Advertising & Marketing, Federal Trade Commission, Social Media, Technology Transactions

I attended the ABA’s Antitrust Law Spring Meeting the last two days.  What struck me the most was the increased prominence of data and privacy as factors in analysis of markets and competition in antitrust law.  This was the topic in the Chairman’s Showcase session on Thursday.  Julie Brill, the FTC Commissioner, perhaps made the… Continue Reading

Implications of the FTC Report and DOC Green Paper for IT Contracts

Posted in Cloud Computing, Congress, Data Security, Federal Trade Commission, Sourcing, Technology Transactions, United States

We have previously blogged on the FTC’s privacy report on “Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change” and the Department of Commerce’s Green Paper on “Commercial Data Privacy and Innovation in the Internet Economy: A Dynamic Policy Framework.”  We have also published client alerts on the FTC report and the DOC green paper. … Continue Reading