FTC Publishes Guide to Help Mobile App Developers Observe Truth-in-Advertising, Privacy Principles

Mobile app developers – head on over to the FTC website to download their latest guide:

The Federal Trade Commission has published a guide to help mobile application developers observe truth-in-advertising and basic privacy principles when marketing new mobile apps.  The FTC’s new publication, “Marketing Your Mobile App: Get It Right from the Start,” notes that there are general guidelines that all app developers should consider.

[FTC Publishes Guide to Help Mobile App Developers Observe Truth-in-Advertising, Privacy Principles.]

Legal Issues in the Review of Non-Profit Websites (Pro Bono Partnership Teleconference)

On March 20, 2012, I joined Tracy Child, Esq. of Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP in presenting “Legal Issues in the Review of Non-Profit Websites” as a teleconference for the Pro Bono Partnership. This Summer, I’ll be updating an article on the same topic so stay tuned. If you are not familiar with the Pro Bono Partnership, here is a little more about them: … Read More >

New legislation aims to streamline financing process for small NJ firms

Good news from the State of New Jersey relating to financing for small NJ businesses – we’ll see how this develops:

New legislation is aimed at making it easier for small companies to find state financing programs, according to a business advocate.

“One of the things we keep hearing is that there are many programs that could benefit companies, but business owners just haven’t heard about them,” said Bob Loderstedt, CEO of the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program. “It would be nice if there was a place we could find out about them all.”

A measure signed into law Thursday by Gov. Chris Christie establishes a program within the Department of State’s Business Action Center “to assist small businesses in identifying all of the financial assistance programs for which those businesses may be eligible,” according to an announcement from the governor’s office. “This program will help small businesses navigate the numerous finance, incentive and assistance programs administered by various state departments and entities that are available to these businesses.”

[via NJBIZ.]

Mobile Apps Developer Settles FTC Charges It Violated Children’s Privacy Rule

Got apps? Get COPPA compliant. For those who thought that the Childrens’ Online Privacy Protection Act only applied to websites, think again:

A developer of mobile applications, including children’s games for the iPhone and iPod touch, will pay $50,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act COPPA and the FTC’s COPPA Rule by illegally collecting and disclosing personal information from tens of thousands of children under age 13 without their parents’ prior consent. This is the Commission’s first case involving mobile applications, known as apps.“The FTC’s COPPA Rule requires parental notice and consent before collecting children’s personal information online, whether through a website or a mobile app,” said Chairman Jon Leibowitz. “Companies must give parents the opportunity to make smart choices when it comes to their children’s sharing of information on smart phones.”

[via Mobile Apps Developer Settles FTC Charges It Violated Children’s Privacy Rule.]

NJIT Offers iPhone and iPad App Development Course

Thirty hours of instruction over 8 weeks – and you don’t have to pay the Apple developer registration fee:

NJIT Continuing Professional Education announces ONLINE iPhone/iPad Software Application Development training class. NJIT is one of the first universities to offer training about iPhone and then about iPad app development. This non-credit iPhone & iPad Application Development course adultlearner.njit.edu/admissions/prospective/iphone_online.php is open to the general public and is available 100% online. Participants in this class receive a login to the NJIT Apple Developer Program portal and receive full access to all of the NJIT Apple resources without paying the additional $99 Apple Developer Registration fee required of private developers. The Apple resources include documentation, development software and video tutorials. This portal now supports both the Mac OS X Lion and Snow Leopard Development environments.

[via http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/08/19/prweb8726505.DTL]

Crum & Forster Launches New Service to Protect against Cyber Risk

Companies – technology or otherwise – should make sure that insurance and insurance-related services are part of their risk management program. The press release below relates to a new service from Crum & Forster. When evaluating insurance products and services, companies should work closely with their insurance advisors to understand what coverage is being provided – as insurance policies typically come with lengthy exclusions, exemptions and limitations. While I am not familiar with Crum & Forster’s policies and services specifically, they are one of the providers in the field that offer services relating to cyber risk. Talk with your insurance advisors about making sure you have appropriate coverage and limits in place to deal with cyber and other risk areas – and you should review your policies no less than annually.

Crum & Forster® (C&F) announced today that it has launched a new service to assist policyholders in their effort to effectively manage and protect against cyber risk.

Network attacks and privacy violations are occurring with increasing frequency. Even with strong security and privacy controls in place, companies can be victimized by internal fraud, business interruption, damage or theft of data and cyber extortion.

To help mitigate loss exposures and provide superior service to customers, C&F has announced the availability of eRisk Hub®, a private Web-based portal (http://www.eriskhub.com) to provide policyholders with information and technical resources that can assist them in the prevention of network, cyber and privacy losses and support them in the timely reporting and recovery of losses if an incident occurs. The portal is powered and maintained by NetDiligence®, a leading cyber risk assessment services company.

Crum & Forster understands that once an incident occurs, clients may need immediate help and expertise to respond and recover. Because incidents can be very complex, these companies may need assistance across a broad range of disciplines, including legal/regulatory compliance, information technology (IT) security, privacy, disaster recovery/business continuity, computer forensics, forensic accounting, public relations, credit monitoring and law enforcement.

[via Crum & Forster® Launches New Service to Protect against Cyber Risk — MORRISTOWN, N.J., Aug. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –.]

New Jersey looks to nurture tech startups

New Jersey has a number of programs that can help technology entrepreneurs – and it is about to add a new one that will leverage New Jersey’s existing base of entrepreneurs:

New Jersey is seeking to create a new-company "accelerator" program to nurture technology entrepreneurs through mentoring. Similar programs have been successful elsewhere.

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority is seeking proposals and ideas from technology specialists on how to create the program, hoping to bolster innovation at the earliest stages of a company’s growth….Agency officials said that although the state has other programs designed to stimulate technology development, the focus of the planned accelerator is more on harnessing the expertise of existing, seasoned entrepreneurs in and around New Jersey.

[via New Jersey looks to nurture tech startups – NorthJersey.com.]

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Website Development Agreements: A Guide to Planning and Drafting

Originally published in 1998, Website Development Agreements: A Guide to Planning and Drafting has been subsequently reprinted in several CLE publications, as classroom materials at a law school, and most recently in Bowne Publishing’s The Best in Ecommerce Law. The article focuses on the issues that should addressed in a website development agreement and is written for practitioners as well as companies contemplating an online presence. This article is out of date – stay tuned for Version 2 of the article to be published in Q1 2012. If you would like to be notified when the new version is out, feel free to contact me.