Tag Archives: Apple

Bill Restricting the NSA’s Data Collection Practices Blocked in the Senate

By Randall Friedland Yesterday, the USA Freedom Act (S. 2685), a bill aimed at curbing the National Security Agency’s (“NSA”) data collection practices, fell two votes short of the 60 votes necessary for cloture in the Senate.  The bill was largely blocked by Senate Republicans who expressed concern that the legislation would harm the government’s … Continue Reading

California Court Agrees Song-Beverly Act is Inapplicable to Online Purchases of Physically-Delivered Goods

Earlier this month, a California trial court held that the Song-Beverly Act does not apply to online purchases of physically delivered goods.  The Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles-Central District ruled in favor of Ticketmaster on January 10 in a lawsuit alleging violations of the Song-Beverly Act because customers were required to provide … Continue Reading

FTC Announces $32.5M Settlement with Apple, Inc., May Be Seen as Expanding its “Unfairness” Authority

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently announced a settlement with Apple, Inc. over allegations that the company billed parents and other account holders for children’s in-app activities without obtaining the account holders’ express and informed consent. The FTC’s complaint alleged that Apple’s failure to obtain express and informed consent prior to each in-app purchase constituted … Continue Reading

Court Tosses Claims Against Google and Others Based on Safari Hack

By Katherine Gasztonyi Last week, Judge Robinson of the District of Delaware dismissed a multi-district lawsuit claiming that Google, Vibrant Media, Media Innovation Group, and WPP violated federal privacy and computer security laws by allegedly circumventing browser privacy settings in order to track users online. This lawsuit stems from a February 17, 2012, Wall Street … Continue Reading

Song-Beverly Act Returns to California Supreme Court

Nearly two years ago, the California Supreme Court held that requesting a customer’s ZIP code in connection with a credit card transaction violated the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act of 1971, a statute that prohibits businesses from recording a customer’s “personal identification information” (“PII”) as a condition of accepting a credit card payment.  On Wednesday, the … Continue Reading

FTC Approves $22.5 Million Consent Decree to Settle Charges that Google Bypassed Safari Users’ Privacy Settings

Today the Federal Trade Commission has announced its approval of a consent decree to settle charges that Google misrepresented to users of Apple’s Safari browser that it would not place tracking “cookies” or serve targeted ads to those users, violating an earlier privacy settlement between the company and the FTC.  The decree requires Google to pay a … Continue Reading

Mobile Platforms Agree to Require Apps to Display Privacy Policies

Yesterday California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced an agreement she forged among Amazon, Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and Research in Motion to ensure that mobile device apps that collect personal information contain privacy policies.  The agreement is designed to ensure that mobile apps comply with the California Online Privacy Protection Act, which requires operators of commercial … Continue Reading

In re iPhone Application Litigation Dismissed

Yesterday, Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted defendants’ motions to dismiss the consolidated, amended complaint in In re iPhone Application Litigation for lack of Article III standing, with leave to amend.  In finding lack of standing, the Court stated that plaintiffs’ allegations were “clearly insufficient” as … Continue Reading

Congressman Calls for FTC Investigation of Apple’s Privacy Practices

CNET reports that Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA) is calling on the FTC to investigate Apple’s privacy practices, particularly with respect to location-based services.  In a letter to FTC Chairman John Leibowitz, Inslee expressed concern about users’ lack of awareness of “location-aware technology.”  He writes:  “Citizens expect to be able to know the extent to which … Continue Reading

Apple Sued Again For Alleged Privacy Violations

For the fourth time in the past two months, Apple has been sued for allegedly violating the privacy of iPad and iPhone users.  Like the previous three suits (two of which we discussed in this post), Rodimer v. Apple, Inc. [PDF] alleges that Apple transmitted “personal information,” including Unique Device IDs (“UDIDs”) to application developers, who, in … Continue Reading

CFAA and Wiretap Act Claims Filed Against Apple and App Developers

Last week, iPhone and iPad App users filed two separate class action complaints against Apple and iOS App developers in the Northern District of California.  (The complaints are currently captioned Freeman v. Apple, Inc. and Lalo v. Apple, Inc.)  In both, the plaintiffs charge the defendant App developers with accessing and sharing personal information, including … Continue Reading
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