Tag Archives: Privacy Policy

Chinese Agencies Announce Plan to Audit Privacy Policies of Ten Popular Online Services

On July 26, four Chinese agencies, the Cyberspace Administration of China (“CAC”), the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT”), the Ministry of Public Security (“MoPS”), and the National Standards Committee, announced their plan to begin the government’s campaign to improve the protection of personal information, according to Xinhua News Agency (link is in Chinese).  … Continue Reading

New Republican Privacy Bill Would Expand Scope of “Sensitive” Data

Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has introduced a bill, the “Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly Act of 2017” (“BROWSER Act,” H.R. 2520) that would  create new online privacy requirements.  The BROWSER Act would require both ISPs and edge providers (essentially any service provided over the Internet) to provide users with notice of … Continue Reading

NTIA Multistakeholder Group Reaches Consensus on Best Practices for Drone Privacy

By Stephen Kiehl and Hannah Lepow Over the last year, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, an arm of the Department of Commerce, has convened a series of meetings regarding voluntary best practices for privacy, accountability and transparency in the use of drones (“UAS”) by commercial and private users.  A number of stakeholders have participated … Continue Reading

Whisper’s Privacy Problem: Sen. Rockefeller Pushes for Probe While Editorial Team Is Suspended Pending Review

Following the Guardian’s recent exposé on Whisper’s consumer-privacy practices, alleging that the social-media app that supposedly allows people “to anonymously share [their] thoughts with the world . . . in a community built around trust and honesty,” in fact tracks the geolocation of users who opted out of such data collection, Chairman of the Senate … Continue Reading

Covington at #SXSW: If “Big Data Is the New Oil” Then “Privacy Is the New Green”

South by Southwest (“SXSW”) Interactive kicked off last week, and Covington was there to cover privacy and big data’s big buzz, a topic which dominated much of the conference.  Among the events that took place last Friday were “Big Data Inverted: The Best Candy from Strangers?” and “Privacy Under the Covers: The Naked Truth.”  The … Continue Reading

Berlin Court Condemns Google, Strikes Provisions in Privacy Policy and Terms

On Tuesday, 19 November, the Regional Court of Berlin ruled against Google in a case brought by the Federation of German Consumer Associations (vzbv).  The vzbv had initiated an action for injunction against Google, requesting it to stop using certain clauses in its Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.  In Germany, consumer associations have a … Continue Reading

Texas AG Objections To Transfer of Personal Data Demonstrate Significance of Privacy Policy Disclosures

Last week, dating website PlentyOfFish withdrew its offer to buy bankrupt rival True.com, citing concerns raised by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott that the sale would violate True.com’s privacy policy and expose its members to unexpected privacy risks.  Two weeks ago, Abbott filed an objection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court to block the proposed transfer of … Continue Reading

Article Reports on Practice of Tracking Merchandise Returns and Associated Privacy Issues

Earlier this week, the Huffington Post’s Jennifer Kerr reported on the practice of tracking of merchandise returns by retailers.  According to the article, some retailers track merchandise returns to identify “chronic returners or gangs of thieves trying to make off with high-end products that are returned later for store credit.”  The article notes that many … Continue Reading

House Passes Legislation Eliminating Annual GLBA Privacy Notice Requirement

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 749, the Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act.  The bill is sponsored by Rep. Blaine Leutkemeyer (R-MO) and Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA).  An earlier version of the bill passed the House in December but was never taken up by the Senate.  We previously covered similar legislation introduced by … Continue Reading

Web Marketing Company Settles FTC Charges Over Information Gathering

A Web analytics company recently settled FTC charges that it deceptively collected consumers’ personal information. According to the FTC, Compete, Inc. provided a free toolbar that consumers installed on their web browsers.  Compete informed consumers that “the web pages you visit will be anonymously pooled with the Compete community to provide site trust rankings and … Continue Reading

FTC Working on Privacy “Nutrition Label”; Industry Focusing on Icons

At the Wired for Change conference earlier this week, FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz noted that the FTC is developing a “nutrition label” for data collection and use, modeled after the nutrition facts label for food and beverages.  Leibowitz reportedly said that the agency’s chief technologist and the Bureau of Consumer Protection are working to identify … Continue Reading

NTIA Privacy Multistakeholder Group Discusses Process, Substance

Privacy stakeholders gathered today at NTIA to once again discuss how the group might move forward in developing a code of conduct for mobile app transparency.  While no decisions were made, the group identified a number of topics that would be appropriate to tackle early in the process.  There also appeared to be consensus among … Continue Reading

Study Finds Top Mobile Apps More Transparent About Privacy Practices

According to a recent study released by the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), the number of mobile apps with privacy policies has grown rapidly since September 2011. The study examined the top 25 free and 25 paid apps in the Apple iOS, Google Play, and Kindle Fire app stores, for a total of 150 apps.  Of the apps reviewed, the study found … Continue Reading

Korean Regulators to Investigate Google’s Privacy Policy Changes

The Korean Herald reports that the Korea’s Communications Commission (KCC) has opened an investigation into Google’s rollout of its new privacy policy in that country.  The investigation reportedly will focus on whether the company has received sufficient consent to the changes to Google’s existing policy and whether Google is collecting more data than is required … Continue Reading

Google Buzz FTC Settlement Accepted

Following a public comment period that began in March of this year, the Federal Trade Commission has accepted as final a settlement with Google relating to the social network “Buzz” product that was launched in 2010.  (For more details about the Buzz product and its launch see Inside Privacy’s prior post, here).  As the Commission’s … Continue Reading

Mobile Marketing Association Releases Mobile Privacy Policy Framework

Recently, the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), a non-profit profit organization representing participants in the mobile marketing industry, released a privacy policy framework for mobile applications.  Although framed as a model privacy policy, the MMA Privacy and Advocacy Committee makes clear that the document is intended to be a “starting point” rather than a verbatim model.  … Continue Reading

FTC Commissioner Brill Warns Enforcement Actions Coming for Mobile Apps

Speaking at the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in Toronto, Commissioner Brill informed the audience that “We will soon be seeing some enforcement actions on [mobile] apps.”  Commissioner Brill emphasized that Section 5 of the FTC Act, which prohibits unfair or deceptive acts or practices, applies to mobile applications and criticized many app developers for … Continue Reading

Preliminary Results Reported From Stanford “Tracking the Trackers” Study

This week, Stanford Security Lab reported preliminary results from a platform it has been developing, a chief application of which is to detect various forms of third-party tracking in an automated manner.  According to researcher Jonathan Mayer’s release, which emphasizes that these are “preliminary findings from experimental software,” Stanford’s system has detected that over half … Continue Reading

The Implications of The AT&T Mobility Decision for Web Publishers

In a decision with broad application, the Supreme Court held last Wednesday that the Federal Arbitration Act preempts state law rules that classify class action waivers in consumer contracts as unconscionable and therefore unenforceable.  The holding in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, No. 09-893 (April 27, 2011) sweeps away a major barrier to enforcing arbitration agreements … Continue Reading
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