Emily Tabatabai Discusses Implications of FTC's Privacy Complaint Against Amazon

July.17.2014

​Privacy attorney Emily Tabatabai recently spoke with DataGuidance regarding the Federal Trade Commission's complaint filed against Amazon.com for failing to obtain the consent of parents relating to in-app purchases made by children.

"By filing the Complaint, the FTC does not appear to believe Amazon has gone far enough," said Ms. Tabatabai. "While the FTC has a legitimate interest in protecting children, and their parents, from unauthorized in-app purchases, the desire to implement more robust notice and consent mechanisms must be balanced against the business desire to avoid subjecting consumers to excessive disclosures or to burdensome requests to enter a password repeatedly. It might it be more beneficial to consumers for the FTC to focus on requiring more transparency and enhanced disclosures from the app developers prior to download so that parents understand the full range and scope of in-app purchases."

Certified as an information privacy professional in both U.S. and European privacy law (CIPP/US and CIPP/E) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (“IAPP”), Ms. Tabatabai works with clients to comply with the various laws, regulations and best practices governing the collection and use of personal data. She has advised companies on compliance, investigations, and litigation involving a variety of federal and state law obligations, including under the Federal Trade Commission Act, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), state data breach notification laws, California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA) and others.