Enforcement + Litigation

This week, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) reviewed a lower court’s dismissal of gun-related indictments against Richard Dilworth, Jr., related to the state’s refusal to disclose the bitmojis and usernames it used to conduct online surveillance through Snapchat accounts in 2017 and 2018.

Police arrested Dilworth for possession of a loaded revolver after Boston

In the latest surge of lawsuits against retailers for embedding tracking technology into websites, yummy cookie company Crumbl was sued on May 1, 2024, for allegedly embedding web-tracking technology allowing third-party processing company Stripe to obtain, without consumer consent, customers’ names, email and delivery addresses, geographic locations, IP addresses, and payment information when consumers surf

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has assumed the authority to enforce unauthorized data disclosures under the Federal Trade Commission Act (FTC Act). During the past three weeks, the FTC has used this authority to go after healthcare companies that disclose their customers’ personal data without permission.

On April 11, the FTC sued Monument, an online

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that it has levied almost $200 million in fines against “the nation’s largest wireless carriers for illegally sharing access to customers’ location information without consent and without taking reasonable measures to protect that information against unauthorized disclosure.”

The FCC’s allegations include that the carriers sold access to customers’

Future LLC, a magazine and website publisher and owner of the TechRadar.com website, faces allegations that it collected website visitors’ IP addresses without consent in violation of the California Invasion of Privacy Act (CIPA). The class action complaint alleges that the TechRadar website launched three trackers -the TripleLift Tracker, GumGum Tracker, and Audiencerate Tracker –

DoorDash, Inc. recently settled with the California Attorney General for alleged violations of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA). This is only the second public settlement with the California AG’s office for claims related to CCPA violations (the first was with Sephora in 2022).

The AG’s complaint

The U.S. government recently intervened in a False Claims Act qui tam case against Georgia Tech Research Corporation, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Georgia Tech Research Institute for violations of NIST 800-171 for failing to protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). Long story short, the U.S. intervention means that the government is taking this case seriously

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has declined to approve a new method for obtaining parental consent under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) that would involve analyzing facial geometry to verify an adult’s identity.

In a letter to the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), Yoti (a digital identity company), and SuperAwesome (a company that

On March 18, the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a Bulletin updating its guidance to HIPAA-covered entities and business associates on the use of tracking technology on websites and mobile apps.

The Bulletin supplements the original guidance published by OCR in December 2022.

According to the