April 13, 2016

Randy Shaheen interviewed by Legal Tech News on increased FTC scrutiny for mobile health app developers

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Venable partner Randy Shaheen was quoted in an April 13, 2016 Legal Tech News article on the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) new tool for developers of health-related mobile apps. The web-based tool provides developers with assistance on determining what regulations and laws apply to the apps.

"Health-related mobile apps are becoming increasingly popular but are potentially subject to a complex set of federal and state laws and regulations, including HIPAA, privacy laws, truth in advertising, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act," said Shaheen. "The FTC is attempting to educate developers of these apps about the various laws and regulations that they must comply with and so avoid problems down the road that could impact consumers such as data breaches."

He added that the tool "should be successful in alerting health related app developers to the alphabet soup of regulations that may apply to them." However, he noted there are "likely still going to be gray areas or areas where industry and the FTC and other regulators disagree on what is required [on] the FTC's efforts."

Shaheen cautioned that despite the FTC's efforts to help on compliance, other federal agencies may "clamp down even further on developers who are not in compliance."