Richard B. Newman Represents Developers in Precedent-Setting ‘Stalking’ App Case

As reported by numerous media outlets, FTC defense attorney Richard B. Newman recently represented developers of so-called “stalking app” in the first-ever case of its kind in the United States.

Following an aggressive Federal Trade Commission investigation (CID), the firm successfully resolved charges that the respondents’ products compromised the privacy and security of the consumer devices on which they were installed in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 and Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act.

“This is our first action against a so-called ‘stalking app,’” said FTC attorney Andrew Smith, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.

This landmark case arose after a hacker allegedly accesses a cloud storage account belonging to respondents.

The firm effectively implemented a sophisticated defense strategy that resulted in a non-monetary administrative settlement that avoided federal court enforcement proceedings.

The matter involved a number of unsettled legal issues. The firm’s track record of success navigating and defending complex, high-stakes digital advertising cases initiated by the FTC places it among the leading FTC litigation and defense law firms in the United States.

Richard B. Newman is and FTC defense attorney representing digital marketers in investigations and enforcement proceedings initiated by the Federal Trade Commission. Follow him on Facebook @ FTC Defense Attorney.

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Richard B. Newman

Richard B. Newman is a nationally recognized FTC advertising compliance, CID investigation and regulatory enforcemetn attorney. He regularly provides advertising counsel and represents clients in high-profile investigations and enforcement proceedings initiated by the Federal Trade Commission, state attorneys general, departments of consumer affairs, and other federal and state agencies with jurisdiction over advertising and marketing practices. Richard is also an ecommerce lawyer and spam defense attorney. His practice additionally focuses upon false advertising defense, data privacy, cybersquatting, intellectual property law and transactional matters relating to the dissemination of national advertising campaigns, including the gamut of affiliate marketing, telemarketing, lead generation, list management and licensing agreements. Richard advises clients on how to minimize the legal risks associated with digital marketing, email marketing, telemarketing, social media influencer campaigns, endorsements and testimonials, negative option marketing models, native advertising, online promotions and comparative advertising,

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