On October 19, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a virtual event to explore the concept of “blurred” advertising in digital media and its impact on children. As the FTC is considering updates to

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On August 11, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) took the first step toward creating national privacy and security rules that, if finalized, would apply across most sectors of the U.S. economy. The agency unveiled an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), which asks for public comment on 95 questions, ranging from topics such as targeted advertising, security of personal information, algorithmic discrimination, and protection of children and teens. Comments are due within 60 days of publication of the ANPRM in the Federal Register. The ANPRM was issued with a 3-2 vote along party lines. This alert attempts to answer some key questions about the announcement.
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On February 10, 2021, the Council of the European Union (EU) agreed on its version of the draft ePrivacy Regulation (Council Position). The long-awaited ePrivacy Regulation, which will repeal the existing ePrivacy Directive, overhauls the rules on cookies and regulates the use of and access to electronic communications data.
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Justices Considered Whether Certain Court-Imposed Monetary Remedies Are Legal

On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the much-anticipated case of AMG v. FTC, which challenges the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) authority to obtain monetary relief in court under Section 13(b) of the FTC Act. The Court’s decision is likely to have a significant impact on the relief the FTC is able to obtain in federal court proceedings.
Continue Reading U.S. Supreme Court May End Key FTC Consumer Protection Enforcement Practice

On February 7, 2020, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) published draft guidelines on the processing of personal data in the context of connected vehicles and mobility related applications. If adopted in their current form, the draft guidelines will have far-reaching consequences for connected vehicles and mobility applications that operate in Europe. They contain detailed interpretations of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and related laws. Notably, the draft guidelines apply the EU cookie rules to connected vehicles, requiring granular consent to collect both personal and non-personal data from connected vehicles.
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