Can I Send Unsolicited Commercial Text Messages?

This week I address a very practical question for businesses looking for innovative marketing channels: when is it lawful to send unsolicited text messages–or what those of us who receive them call spam? The answer comes from a handy guide published by the Federal Communications Commission.  It discusses the impact of two federal statutes–the Telephone […]

[In Brief] Federal Agencies Pulling Out the Stops to Regulate Mobile Privacy

There is a full-court press underway among federal agencies to regulate the privacy of mobile applications.  Just a few examples: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Public Notice requesting comments on wireless service providers’ privacy and data security practices with respect to information stored on their customers’ mobile communications devices. The comment period is […]

FCC Releases Report on Geolocational Privacy [ALERT]

On May 25, 2012, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a report with the opaque title “Location-Based Services: An Overview of Opportunities and Other Considerations.”  The report outlines the growing use of location-based services (LBS) in navigation, tracking, social networking, gaming, retail, real estate, advertising, news, weather, device management, and public safety applications, and government […]