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The Weekly Privacy Rewind

Biometric Information Privacy Act AGCO Corp., Ceridian HMC Inc. and Hegewisch Development Corp. Latest Employers to Face Allegations of BIPA Violations • Lawsuits against employers for alleged violations of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) show no signs of slowing, with three more employers, AGCO Corp., Ceridian HCM Inc. and Hegewisch Development Corp., all facing … Continue Reading

The Weekly Privacy Rewind

Class Actions Google Seeks Dismissal of BIPA Class Action • Google has sought dismissal of a putative class action lawsuit alleging violations of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). • According to the original complaint, Google allegedly violated BIPA by scanning photos of nonusers uploaded to Google Photos and then “extracting geometric data” of the … Continue Reading

FTC $19 Million Settlement with Google: Unauthorized In-App Charges Are Not Child’s Play

The FTC recently approved a final Order resolving allegations that Google unfairly billed customers millions of dollars for unauthorized charges made by children using mobile apps downloaded from the Google Play app store. Under the settlement, first announced in September, Google will provide full refunds to consumers charged for purchases of items within mobile apps … Continue Reading

Google is No Cookie Monster, says Delaware Federal Court

This post was co-authored by Julian D. Perlman and is a joint submission with BakerHostetler’s Class Action Lawsuit Defense blog. In a decisive victory for Google and several co-defendants, a Delaware federal court dismissed the claims of a putative class of individuals who alleged that they were injured by Google’s practice of circumventing certain internet browsers’ … Continue Reading

The Lessons of the “Street View” Imbroglio: Know What Data You Collect and Don’t Collect Data You Don’t Need

The unintended capture of personal data by Google Street View has resulted in a German Data Commissioner imposing a $189,000 fine on Google this Monday. As anyone who has used Google Maps at the street view level knows, Google Street View is a valuable service that captures roads, landscapes, landmarks, buildings—and other activity that happens … Continue Reading

Recent FTC Civil Penalties for Privacy Violations Show Need for Companies to Ensure Compliance with their Privacy Policies

After several years where telemarketing fraud and exercise/weight loss products seemed to top the FTC’s agenda, the time has come when stepped up privacy enforcement against companies that are household names means that all consumer oriented firms need to take notice. This month, the FTC announced a settlement with Google that involves a $22.5 million … Continue Reading

Facebook Implements California Consumer Privacy Protections In Rolling Out Its New App Center

In this context, Facebook will require all software applications ("Apps") offered through the App Center to provide a clear link to its privacy policy. Third party App distributors will be able to utilize the Facebook App Center and its development tools to provide, and make discoverable, their mobile offerings. Given Facebook's increasingly large user base and existing third party App infrastructure, the App Center is likely to have an impact of significance on the global mobile application marketplace.… Continue Reading

US Obtains Secret Court Orders for User Information

In recent years, Federal law enforcement agents have increasingly sought and obtained secret court orders under the Electronic Privacy Communications Act (the “ECPA”) requiring internet service providers to disclose certain information about customer accounts. As reported last week by the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. government has obtained such secret orders requiring Google, Twitter, and … Continue Reading

Mobile App and Geolocation Data Roundup

A recent national survey of smartphone users, not surprisingly, revealed that privacy, transparency, choice, and control are important considerations for users.  Indeed, many users indicated that they want more choices and easier access to controls regarding advertising tracking and geolocation data.  Legislators and consumer advocacy groups are taking heed. On May 10, 2011, the Senate … Continue Reading

Noteworthy Data Privacy and Information Security Events in 2010

The two events that drew the most attention in 2010, both of which occurred at year-end, were reports from the FTC and the Department of Commerce.  Below is a brief summary of those two reports and other issues drawing attention in the past year: (1) FTC Issues Long-Awaited Consumer Privacy Policy Report On December 1, … Continue Reading
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