On Thursday, December 5th the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced a settlement with Goldenshore Technologies, producer of the “Brightest Flashlight Free” app (“Flashlight App”), one of the top free apps available for Google’s Android operating system. The Flashlight App works by activating lights on Android phones, including the LED flash, which turns users’ smartphones into… Continue reading FTC Settles With Flashlight App Over Deceptive Data Use
On November 19, 2013 in Washington, D.C., the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) will hold a public workshop on the “Internet of Things”—the emerging world of devices that communicate with each other and with people via the Internet. The Internet of Things has the potential to be a massive market of devices with varied tasks that… Continue reading Federal Trade Commission to Host November Workshop on the “Internet of Things”
Last week, the Federal Trade Commission revealed that it had sent letters to six different data brokers, all of whom provide requestors with reports detailing individual tenant histories, warning them that their practices may be subject to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”). This move follows the FTC’s announcement that it is investigating data brokers… Continue reading With Warning that Data Brokers’ Tenant Reports May Be Subject to FCRA, FTC Highlights the Need to Value Consumers’ Personal Information
We're keeping up with the latest developments in mobile data collection and have issued an to our 2011 White Paper, Mobile Unique Identifiers and Location Information. The two new events in this area of privacy law include:– The Location Privacy Protection Act of 2011, which had traction in the Senate, was not presented to Congress… Continue reading Mobile Unique Identifiers and Location Information
My NYTimes op-ed makes the case for public disclosure of serious cyber security breaches, in response to the question "Should Companies Tell Us When They Get Hacked?"
I attended the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Energy Data Access Workshop last week (1/15-16) in San Francisco. I have been following the CPUC's numerous proceedings on energy data privacy, including the Privacy Rule for SmartGrid Data and the discussion about implementing processes for users to authorize the utility to directly transfer their energy usage… Continue reading CPUC Energy Data Access Workshop
The California Attorney General's office today released its long awaited report Privacy on the Go (pdf) with recommendations for application developers, platforms, and ad-networks. It is a must read– both for the easy to understand language and clear suggestions, and because it promotes implementations than generally are not considered "required by law." This is the… Continue reading CA AG Issues Report “Privacy on the Go: Recommendations for the Mobile Ecosystem”
Happy 2013! At Blurry Edge Strategies, we spend a lot of time watching (andoften participating in) significant developments at the intersection oftechnology and the law. And as the new year begins, it’s alreadyclear that we’re facing an exciting and tumultuous 12 months ahead. Federal regulators – notably the FTC – are telegraphing areinvigorated interest in… Continue reading 12 Important Developments from 2012