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Smart Home Monitoring Company Pays $20 Million to Settle Allegations of Consumer Credit Reports Misuse

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) reached a settlement with smart home security and monitoring company Vivint Smart Homes Inc. (“Vivint”) to resolve allegations that it improperly obtained and misused consumer credit reports in violation of the FTC Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the Red Flag rule. The complaint alleged, among other things, that…

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Additional CCPA-Related Regulations Strengthen Consumers’ Ability to Control the Sale of Their Personal Information

California AG Xavier Becerra announced new regulations, effective immediately, pursuant to the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) that provide consumers additional tools for protecting their data privacy. Among other things, the newly-approved regulations prohibit companies from delaying or obscuring the process for opting out of the sale of personal information by using confusing language, such as double-negatives, or…

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Attorneys General Testify in House Hearing on Big Tech and Competition

On March 18, 2021, Colorado AG Phil Weiser and Nebraska AG Doug Peterson testified before the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law of the House’s Committee on the Judiciary in a hearing titled “Reviving Competition, Part 3: Strengthening the Laws to Address Monopoly Power.” The Subcommittee’s focus in this series of hearings is the…

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Bipartisan Group of Attorneys General Urge FCC to Help Increase Access to Remote Learning

A bipartisan group of 30 AGs, led by Colorado AG Phil Weiser and Nebraska AG Doug Peterson, submitted a comment letter to the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) urging the FCC to expand its E-Rate program, which provides funding for expanding school and library broadband connectivity to support remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter…

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Apple Agrees to $113 Million Multistate Settlement over Slower Phone Speeds

A bipartisan group of 34 AGs, led by Arizona AG Mark Brnovich, Arkansas AG Leslie Rutledge, and Indiana AG Curtis Hill, reached a settlement with Apple Inc. to resolve allegations that Apple throttled iPhone speeds to mask battery issues, thereby prompting users to purchase new devices in violation of state consumer protection laws.

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