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FTC Grants Sears’ Petition to Reopen and Modify 2009 Order Concerning Online Browsing Tracking

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently granted a petition by Sears Holding Management requesting that the FTC reopen and modify a 2009 FTC order settling charges that Sears failed to disclose adequately the scope of consumers’ personal information it collected via a downloadable software app. Sears’ 2009 Order On August 31, 2009, the FTC entered … Continue Reading

HHS Issues HIPAA Guidance for Mobile Health Apps

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued guidance to help mobile application developers analyze whether the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) may apply to them.1 Not every mobile application developer that handles personal health information is subject to HIPAA regulation, and determining whether HIPAA applies is situation-dependent … Continue Reading

Apple Agrees to Refund at Least $32.5 Million to Settle FTC Complaint Alleging That It Charged Kids’ In-App Purchases Without Parental Consent

On January 15, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that Apple, Inc. had agreed to pay a minimum of $32.5 million in full refunds to consumers to settle allegations that the company was billing customers for purchases that children made from the company’s App Store without parental consent.1 According to the FTC, since at … Continue Reading

UK Information Commissioner’s Office Issues Guidance for App Development

In December 2013, the United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued “Privacy in Mobile Apps–Guidance for App Developers.”1 According to the ICO, the guidance is not only relevant for apps used on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, but also for “other devices using similar app technology, for instance living-room devices such as smart … Continue Reading

Delta Wins Dismissal of California AG Mobile App Privacy Action

At a May 9, 2013, hearing, the California Superior Court dismissed the lawsuit that California Attorney General Kamala Harris filed against Delta Airlines in December 2012.1 As reported in the January 2013 issue of Eye on Privacy,2 the state’s lawsuit alleged that the company’s “Fly Delta” mobile application (app) violated the California Online Privacy Protection … Continue Reading
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