Today, Senators Blumenthal (D-CT) and Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced the Public Health Emergency Privacy Act (“PHEPA”) into the Senate. A companion house bill was introduced by Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Suzan DelBene (D-WA), which was co-sponsored by Reps. Yvette Clarke (D-NY), G.K. Butterfield (D-NY), and Tony Cárdenas (D-CA).   This and similar

On April 30, 2020, U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker (R-MS), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, John Thune (R-SD) chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, Jerry Moran (R-KS), chairman of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security, and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN),  announced plans

On December 6, 2019, the FTC issued an opinion finding that Cambridge Analytica, they had engaged in deceptive practices to collect personal information from several users of Facebook for purposes of voter profiling and targeting.  In addition, the Commission found that Cambridge Analytica had engaged in deceptive practices regarding its participation in the EU-US Privacy

Yesterday (November 26, 2019), a comprehensive federal privacy bill was introduced that would grant individuals broad rights with respect to their data, impose new obligations on data processors, and expand the Federal Trade Commission’s enforcement authority with respect to privacy, as well as allowing for state attorney general enforcement and individual rights of action. The

Today, the FTC announced that Equifax, Inc. will pay at least $575 million (and potentially up to $700 million) as part of a proposed global settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and 50 U.S. states and territories. Their complaint alleges that Equifax failed to take reasonable steps to

This last week saw significant compliance and enforcement activity with respect to both GDPR and the FTC.  Specifically, we saw two significant GDPR fines handed down by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) against British Airways (approx. $230 million) and Marriott International (approx. $130 million).  In addition, Facebook settled with the FTC for the largest

Today, the FTC issued its National Do Not Call Registry Data book for Fiscal Year 2017 (October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017).

The National Do Not Call Registry Data Book contains statistical data about phone numbers on the Registry, telemarketers and sellers accessing phone numbers on the Registry, and complaints consumers submit to the

Today, the FCC voted to pass the Restoring Internet Freedom order, which repeals the 2015 “net neutrality” rules and reverts back to the “light regulatory” touch the FCC previously had in place regarding internet service providers (“ISPs”).  Of primary importance, the FCC restored the classification of Broadband Internet Access Services as “information services” under Title

Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced their intent to coordinate which of the two agencies would coordinate online consumer protection efforts following the adoption of the Restore Internet Freedom Order, and published a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that outlines those efforts.

The draft MOU outlines a number of

The FTC is seeking public comment on a petition by Sear’s to reopen and modify its 2009 consent order to restrict the broad definition of “tracking application”.

Background.  In 2009, the FTC issued an order settling charges that Sears Holdings Management Corporation (“Sears”) had failed to adequately disclose the scope of consumers’ personal information