Late last week, the Seventh Circuit affirmed a trial court’s ruling granting dismissal at summary judgment of claims against FCA US LLC (“FCA,” formerly known as Chrysler) and Harman International Industries, Inc. (“Harman”) for lack of Article III standing. See Flynn v. FCA US LLC, — F. 4th —-, 2022 WL 2751660 (7th Cir.
On 22 December 2021, the conference of German data protection supervisory authorities (“DSK”) published its Guidance for Providers of Telemedia Services (Orientierungshilfe für Anbieter von Telemedien). Particularly relevant for providers of websites and mobile applications, the Guidance is largely devoted to the “cookie provision” of the German Telecommunication and Telemedia Privacy Act (TTDSG), which came into force on 1 December 2021. The publication focuses on the consent requirement for cookies and similar technologies, as well as relevant exceptions, introduced by the law.
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On September 29, 2021, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing entitled “Protecting Consumer Privacy.” The hearing centered on strengthening consumer privacy rights, including by increasing the FTC’s resources and creating a comprehensive federal privacy law.
To explore these issues, the Committee invited David Vladeck, Professor and Faculty Director of the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown Law and former Director of the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection; Morgan Reed, President of The App Association; Maureen Ohlhausen, Partner and Section Chair (Antitrust & Competition Law) at Baker Botts and former Acting Chairman of the FTC; and Ashkan Soltani, Independent Researcher and Technologist and former Chief Technologist of the FTC.
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Today, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Facebook v. Duguid, adopting a narrow interpretation of a key definitional term in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and resolving the circuit split we previously described here and here.
In effect, the Supreme Court’s opinion means that to qualify as an “automatic telephone dialing system” (ATDS) under the TCPA, a device must use a random or sequential number generator; a device that calls a prescribed set of telephone numbers without using such a number generator would stand outside that definition and thus not be regulated by the TCPA.
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Last week, a federal district court in San Francisco dismissed a claim under the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”). The plaintiff alleged that Google had collected personal information without complying with the CCPA’s notice and consent requirements. The court held that the CCPA’s private right of action does not extend to these provisions of the law. It appears that this is the first time a court expressly reached this conclusion. The case is McCoy v. Alphabet, No. 20‑cv‑05427 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 2, 2021).
For context, the plaintiff alleged that Google used an internal program called “Android Lockbox” on its Android operating system to monitor and collect data from Android users as they used non-Google apps on their phones. The alleged data collection included when and how often these third-party apps were used and the amount of time users spent on the third-party apps. Based on these allegations, the plaintiff asserted eleven different claims. Among these was a claim that Google violated the CCPA by failing to comply with the law’s requirements related to notice and consent.
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In a new post on the Covington Digital Health blog, our colleagues discuss a recent settlement between the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and Flo Health, Inc. (“Flo”), the developer of a popular menstrual cycle and fertility-tracking application. The settlement resolves allegations that Flo shared app users’ health information with outside third parties after promising…
With a new administration and a new Congress come key leadership changes and new priorities at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The change in administration paves the way for a Democratic-led Commission, though a permanent FTC Chairman and a successor to Commissioner Chopra (who has been nominated to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) might not be confirmed for several months. In the meantime, President Biden has appointed sitting Commissioner Slaughter to serve as Acting Chair.
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On January 7, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) reached a proposed settlement with Tapjoy, a California-based company that operates an advertising platform within mobile gaming applications. According to its complaint, the FTC alleges that Tapjoy deceived consumers by failing to provide in-game rewards it promised for completing actions associated with third-party advertisements.
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Washington State Hearing on Latest Privacy Bill Highlights Competing Interests For Best Practices and Data Minimization
On January 14, 2020, Washington’s State Senate Committee on Environment, Energy & Technology received public testimony about Senate Bill 5062, the “Washington Privacy Act.” Representatives from trade associations, the Attorney General’s Office, and civil rights groups offered recommendations to eliminate perceived loopholes and clarify bill provisions.
This post highlights recurring issues from the public hearing.
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In a new post of the Covington Digital Health blog, our colleagues discuss the proposed rule issued by the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to modify the Privacy Rule promulgated under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) and the Health Information Technology…