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Tag Archives: Mobile Devices

Status Updates

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Going mainstream. For the first time, both Twitter and Facebook are seeing significant growth in online advertising placed by major companies for brands such as Heineken, Tide, McDonald’s, and Charmin. Major consumer products companies have long struggled with the question of how to reach consumers on their mobile devices, and right now, this appears to… Continue Reading

Status Updates

Posted in Status Updates

 The average millennial checks his or her smartphone 45 times a day and learns about news online primarily through Facebook and Twitter, according to a new survey. Search engines and email, the “more traditional” venues, rank well below social media as a source of information. The Securities and Exchange Commission has suspended trading in Cynk… Continue Reading

Status Updates

Posted in Status Updates

According to a consumer survey, more than 70% of time spent in social media takes place on mobile devices, including tablets. Total mobile engagement on social networks is up 55% in the last year. Of the social networks, Twitter and Pinterest are the most mobile-centric. The U.S. government issued about 150,000 requests for customer information… Continue Reading

Status Updates

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A relatively new site called Wanelo combines the features of a social media site and an e-commerce site by permitting users to “save” products that they are interested in, and showing them to their online friends. The site now claims a 50 percent saturation rate among college-age women. In a dramatic and tragic case in… Continue Reading

Mobile Apps: No Surprises, Please

Posted in FTC, Privacy

From our sister blog, MoFo Tech: Widely applicable rules regarding consumer privacy disclosures in our increasingly mobile world are only now emerging. Government agencies, individual states, and professional associations are all weighing in on how mobile app developers should disclose how they collect, store, use, and protect the wide range of highly personal data being… Continue Reading

Peering Into the Future: Google Glass and the Law

Posted in Privacy, Wearable Computers

Sign offered by Stop the Cyborgs to indicate a ‘no-Glass’ zone. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. What Is Google Glass? As most Socially Aware readers know, Google Glass (“Glass”) is a form of wearable technology that gives its users hands-free access to a variety of smartphone features by… Continue Reading

Bitcoin Receives Cease and Desist Order Evidencing Increased Regulatory Scrutiny of Virtual Currency

Posted in Financial Institutions

Article courtesy of Morrison & Foerster’s Mobile Payments Practice On May 30, 2013, the California Department of Financial Institutions (CADFI) issued a cease and desist letter to Bitcoin Foundation, a not-for-profit organization established to standardize, protect and promote the use and adoption of Bitcoin. CADFI stated in its letter that Bitcoin Foundation “may be engaged… Continue Reading

Playing Fair? UK’s OFT Investigates Online and App-Based Games

Posted in E-Commerce, Ethics

On April 12, 2013, the UK’s Office of Fair Trading (OFT), the UK regulator for consumer affairs and competition, announced that it was launching an investigation into children’s web- and app-based games. In particular, the OFT is looking into whether such games comply with the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 (“Regulations”), and are… Continue Reading

Mobile Apps Bill Introduced in the House of Representatives

Posted in FTC, Privacy

Article courtesy of Morrison & Foerster’s Mobile Payments Practice Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., continue to show interest in understanding and developing regulatory proposals relating to mobile apps. The interest appears to be driven, at least in part, by policymakers’ concerns about consumer privacy when using mobile phones and other smart hand-held devices. The issue of… Continue Reading

FDA Letter to Mobile App Developer Signals Regulatory Scheme

Posted in FDA Regulations

In late May 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent an enforcement letter to a mobile medical app developer for failing to obtain a 510(k) clearance before marketing the app, which the FDA said appears to be a “device” under section 201(h) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA). The mobile… Continue Reading

European Privacy Regulator Issues Important Opinion on the Use of Apps

Posted in FTC, Privacy

On February 27, 2013, the European Article 29 Working Party (a group comprising representatives from all of the data protection authorities of the EU Member States, referred to in this articles as “WP29”) issued an Opinion on the privacy and data protection implications of the use of apps on mobile devices (“the Opinion”). The Opinion… Continue Reading

FTC Announces Important Settlement With Social Networking App and Releases New Mobile App Report

Posted in FTC, Litigation, Privacy

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a potentially groundbreaking settlement with the social networking app Path and released an important new staff report on Mobile Privacy Disclosures late last week. The FTC’s Settlement with Path suggests a new standard may be on the near-term horizon: out-of-policy, just-in-time notice and express consent for the collection of… Continue Reading

New Issue of the Socially Aware Newsletter Now Available

Posted in Employment Law, FCC, FTC, IP, Litigation, Privacy, Section 230 Safe Harbor, Statistics, Terms of Use, Trademark

In the latest issue of Socially Aware, our Burton Award-winning guide to the law and business of social media, we look at recent First Amendment, intellectual property, labor and privacy law developments affecting corporate users of social media and the Internet. We also recap major events from 2012 that have had a substantial impact on… Continue Reading

FCC Rules That Opt-Out Confirmation Text Messages Do Not Violate the TCPA

Posted in FCC, Litigation

Waves of class actions have recently alleged that the delivery of an opt-out confirmation text message violates the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Thus, a Federal Communications Commission (“Commission”) Declaratory Ruling finding that a single opt-out confirmation text does not violate the TCPA comes at a crucial time. The Commission’s decision, issued on November 29,… Continue Reading

FTC Issues Guidance for Mobile App Privacy and Advertising; Signals More Enforcement Coming

Posted in FTC, Privacy

On September 5, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published a brief guide to assist developers of mobile applications, both large and small, in complying with truth-in-advertising, privacy, and data security principles. In publishing this advice, the FTC makes clear that its Section 5 enforcement powers against unfair or deceptive acts or practices apply in… Continue Reading

G2G, Yo Quiero TB: Taco Bell Found Not Liable for Franchisee Text Message Campaign

Posted in Litigation

Plaintiffs’ attorneys seeking to cash in on grande class action lawsuits against companies that launch text message advertising campaigns suffered a setback in June as the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of California granted Taco Bell summary judgment in a lawsuit for Taco Bell’s alleged violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)…. Continue Reading