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BetterHelp to Pay $7.8 Million for Allegedly Divulging Private Health Data for Advertising Purposes

The FTC issued a proposed order to settle allegations that online mental health counseling service BetterHelp, Inc. violated of Section 5 of the FTC Act shared sensitive mental health data with third parties in order to facilitate targeted advertising, despite assurances to consumers that their health data would be kept private. According to the complaint,…

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AG Bonta Opposes Federal Data Privacy Act’s Preemption Language

California AG Rob Bonta sent a letter to Congressional leaders opposing certain language in the American Data Privacy and Protection Act (ADPPA) because it prohibits states from enacting stricter state law privacy protections for their own residents. The letter was co-signed by California Governor Gavin Newsom and Executive Director of the California Privacy Protection Agency…

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New FTC Office of Technology to Provide Technological Expertise to Aid Commission’s Work

The FTC announced the launch of an Office of Technology to be headed by Chief Technology Officer Stephanie T. Nguyen. The new office is meant to expand in-house technological expertise related to the FTC’s mission, and to bring the FTC in line with the capabilities of other leading antitrust and consumer protection enforcers globally. The…

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AG James Settles over Sale of Unlawful Monitoring Software

New York AG Letitia James settled with Powerline Group Inc., fifteen related entities, and their owner (collectively, “Powerline”), over allegations that Powerline violated New York Executive Law § 63(12) and General Business Law §§ 349 and 350 by promoting and selling software products designed to enable a user to monitor activity on another individual’s mobile device, also known as “spyware” or “stalkerware.”

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