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CRTC Issues Penalties for Malware Distribution

The Canadian Anti-Spam Law (CASL) does not just prohibit non-consensual commercial messages.  The  Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission also enforces CASL’s prohibitions on  the non-consensual installation of software onto a person’s computer. As reported by FTC (CID) investigation defense lawyer Richard B. Newman, on July 11, 2018, the CRTC issued Notices

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FTC Defense Lawyer on Action Illustrating Need to Hold Partners Accountable

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced the settlement of allegations that marketers deceived consumers via a get-rich quick scheme.  According to reports, the operators have agreed to a permanent ban on marketing or selling certain types of software. The FTC alleges that the international network of defendants deceived consumers by falsely

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FTC DNA Testing Privacy Investigation

In 2017, Senator Chuck Schumer urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate DNA testing companies in an effort to ensure that data collection and use practices comply with applicable privacy laws, including those that prohibit the sale of information contained in DNA databases to third-parties without consent. Recent reports indicate that

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FTC Announces Campaign to Help Businesses Strengthen Cyber Defenses

The Federal Trade Commission has recently announced plans to launch a national education campaign to assist small businesses strengthen their cyber defenses and protect sensitive data that they store. As outlined in a new Staff Perspective report, the FTC will develop and distribute reader-friendly educational materials with information about cybersecurity that

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No TCPA Vicarious Liability Without Ratification

The Ninth Circuit has ruled that payday lenders and two marketing companies were not liable under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by virtue of working with a lead generator that utilized automated dialing equipment to disseminate text messages. Here, the lender had separate agreements with a marketing company (LeadPile) that purchased/sold

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FTC Approves Settlement with Lenovo over Advertising Software Privacy Allegations

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that it has approved a settlement with Lenovo regarding the company's alleged, widely-publicized practice of pre-installing an advertising software program on some laptops that caused security vulnerabilities. The settlement terms include prohibitions regarding the misrepresentation of any features of pre-installed software that would "inject advertising

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