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On April 22, 2021, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision finding that the FTC lacks authority to pursue equitable monetary relief in federal court under Section 13(b) of the Federal Trade Commission Act (the “FTCA”). The result means that defendant Scott Tucker does not have to pay $1.27 billion in restitution and disgorgement, notwithstanding

In December 2020, Apple started requiring Apps to display mandatory labels that provide a graphic, easy-to-digest version of their privacy policies.  They are being called “privacy nutrition labels,” presumably a reference to the mandatory FDA-required “Nutrition Facts” labels that have appeared on food since 1990.  Below I offer ten thoughts related to these new labelling

While Europe is leveraging hefty fines against violators of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (here is a tracker of recent fines: https://www.enforcementtracker.com/), the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments last month on whether the FTC – the chief federal agency on privacy policy and enforcement since the 1970s – lacks authority

A recent article from CNN reported on SpaceX and Amazon sparring over their competing satellite-based internet business. The article reports that at the center of the dispute is “a recent attempt by SpaceX to modify its license for Starlink, a massive constellation of internet satellites, of which SpaceX has already launched more than 900.”  SpaceX

Facebook, the parent company to WhatsApp, is reporting near-record low revenue growth. Thus, presumably in an effort to monetize WhatsApp more heavily, WhatsApp recently announced changes to its privacy policy: as of February 8, 2021, all WhatsApp users (except those that live in Europe) must agree to share their data with Facebook. If users do

Just before the Christmas holidays, the Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued proposed rulemaking entitled “Requirements for Certain Transactions Involving Convertible Virtual Currency or Digital Assets.”  The proposed regulations seek to “require banks and money service businesses (“MSBs”) to submit reports, keep records, and verify the identity of customers in relation

If you’re a company that has been scratching your head and racking your brain since the Schrems II decision issued on July 16, 2020, invalidating Privacy Shield and calling into question all data transfers between the EU and third countries on surveillance-related grounds, your wish for more guidance has finally come true.

This week, the

The  Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) was passed in 1991 and is known by many as the law that created the “do-not-call” rules.  The statute includes a number of restrictions related to telephone, text, and fact solicitations, including a prohibition against what is colloquially known as “autodialing” and “robocalls,” and it creates a private right

A lawsuit recently filed against Amazon.com for a violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Protection Act (“BIPA”) should serve as a reminder to all companies engaged in COVID-19-related employee and/or customer scanning that it is important to determine what privacy and cybersecurity laws apply to your screening measures, and confirm that you are engaging in