The US FTC institutes court action against a mobile app company for selling consumer location information (Kochava)

On August 29, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a lawsuit against Kochava, Inc. alleging that Kochava engaged in unfair and deceptive practices by selling the “precise location information” of consumers. This suit comes on the heels of the FTC’s announcement earlier this month that it would “crack down” on “commercial surveillance practices” and July’s warning that the agency would be exercising its enforcement authority against the “illegal” use and sharing of sensitive consumer data. In Depth The FTC alleges that Kochava amassed a large amount of sensitive data by tracking the mobile advertising IDs from hundreds of millions of mobile phones, and that such data could be used to track people visiting abortion clinics, domestic abuse shelters, places of worship and

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  • McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
  • McDermott Will & Emery (Boston)
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Lesli C. Esposito, Amy Pimentel, David Saunders, The US FTC institutes court action against a mobile app company for selling consumer location information (Kochava), 29 August 2022, e-Competitions September 2022, Art. N° 108543

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