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Calvin Cohen counsels clients on compliance with privacy laws and regulations, and represents clients in privacy-related regulatory enforcement actions and litigation matters.

For the first time since 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been asked to approve a new “verifiable parental consent” (VPC) method under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection (COPPA) Rule. Under COPPA, operators of online sites and services “directed to children” under 13 must obtain VPC before collecting personal information from a child online. The COPPA Rule enumerates several acceptable methods for obtaining VPC, but also allows interested parties to submit new VPC methods to the FTC for approval. The FTC has announced that the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), which operates a COPPA safe harbor program, along with Yoti Ltd., a digital identity company that offers identity verification, age assurance, reusable digital identity, and e-signature solutions, and SuperAwesome Ltd., which provides technology to help companies comply with parental verification requirements, submitted an application for a new VPC method utilizing “Privacy-Protective Facial Age Estimation,” which is designed to analyze the geometry of a parent’s face to confirm that they are an adult.Continue Reading COPPA: Public Comment Period Open for Proposed Verifiable Parental Consent Method

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled in two related cases, Axon Enterprise Inc. v. FTC (No. 21-86) and SEC v. Cochran (No. 21-1239), that federal district courts have jurisdiction to hear structural constitutional challenges to the adjudicative authority of the Federal Trade Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission. 

As a consequence, in such challenges, respondents

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a press release and a request for information on March 22, 2023, soliciting comments from the public on cloud computing business practices, including issues related to market power, competition, and potential data security risks.

Regarding data security, the request for information seeks to gain insight on cloud computing against the backdrop of FTC guidance to businesses on steps to secure and protect data stored in the cloud. This request comes amid recent FTC enforcement matters (such as against education technology provider Chegg) alleging failure to adequately secure data stored on third-party cloud computing services.Continue Reading FTC Requests Comments on Cloud Computing Business Practices With Potential Data Security Impacts

The Illinois Supreme Court recently opened the floodgates for class actions under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act and created potentially massive and catastrophic exposure for Illinois businesses. In a close 4-3 ruling, the landmark decision in Latrina Cothron v. White Castle System Inc. holds that every individual scan or transmission of biometric data made

The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit on August 29, 2022, against data broker Kochava Inc., alleging that the company’s sale of precise geolocation data is an unfair act or practice that violates Section 5 of the FTC Act. The case follows an FTC blog post warning that the agency would be vigilant in protecting

It’s a new year and it looks like 2021 is going to be another eventful one for privacy. In the past few weeks, we’ve seen several states introduce new privacy legislation, starting with Washington. On January 5, the Washington Privacy Act of 2021 (SB 5062) was introduced in the Washington State Senate and