Monthly Archives: May 2011

Parsing the FTC’s Comments in the FCC’s Telemarketing Inquiry into “On Behalf of” Calls

Has the FTC Missed the Point, or is it Subtly Seeking to Expand Liability?

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that it filed comments in a Federal Communications Commission declaratory ruling proceeding aimed at determining the scope of TCPA liability for companies when third-party vendors make unlawful telemarketing calls.  The FTC… Continue Reading

Operators of Online “Virtual Worlds” Agree to Largest Civil Settlement of COPPA Complaint to Date

By Micah Ratner

While over on the Hill the question was whether the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) could be a springboard to “bigger and better” regulatory things, the Federal Trade Commission made news by enforcing the existing statute to elicit the largest civil settlement under the FTC COPPA Rule to date. On May 11, 2011, … Continue Reading

DWT Advisory: New Do-Not-Track Bills Target Online Behavioral Marketing and Mobile Apps

By Paul Glist

Two new “do-not-track” privacy bills would impose new restraints on online tracking, behavioral marketing, and the use of mobile application and geolocation data. Rep. Markey introduced his discussion draft with his co-chairman of the House privacy caucus, Rep. Barton. Their “Do Not Track Kids Online” bill would build on the curr… Continue Reading

Senators Grill Apple and Google over Location Tracking and Privacy

By Rob Morgan

During the maiden hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s new Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law chaired by Senator Franken, committee members pressed Google and Apple on how the companies use, collect, and share their customers’ location data, the notices they provide consumers, and the privacy standards they appl… Continue Reading

Does Dismissal of Flash Cookie Case Against Specific Media Signal Smoother Sailing for Targeted Advertising?

By Rob Morgan

Online advertisers may collectively be breathing a cautious sigh of relief following last week’s dismissal by the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California of the class action in Genevive La Court, et al. v. Specific Media, Inc.  Plaintiffs had alleged Specific Media improperly used local shared objects (“LSOs,… Continue Reading