Amy Malone

Amy Malone

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Data: Big, Borderless and Beyond Control? Five Things You Can Do

There’s been a lot of talk about big data over the last few years and the breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus have many companies running in circles trying to figure out how to protect their systems and their data. So what...more

3/3/2014 - Big Data Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Neiman Marcus Target

Social Media for Financial Institutions – Final Guidance

At the end of 2013, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) became the latest regulator to weigh in on social media and offered their final social media guidance. The proposed regulation was released...more

1/6/2014 - FFIEC Social Media

On the Third Day of Privacy, My Smartphone Followed Me…

In 2013 geolocation and biometrics were hot topics. Apple included a fingerprint reader on the new iPhone which was either really cool or an epic fail depending on your viewpoint, and Google and the NSA are tracking our...more

12/12/2013 - Biometric Information Cybersecurity Data Collection Geolocation Mobile Apps Mobile Devices Proposed Legislation Smartphones

FTC and the “Internet of Things”: Franchisor on the hook

Last fall the Federal Trade Commission brought cases against a software developer and rent-to-own stores that secretly monitored people in their homes. The developer provided the stores with software that had a “Detective...more

10/24/2013 - Franchisors FTC Internet Internet of Things Liability Technology

Banks Encouraged to Share Information Related to Elder Abuse

One of the most common forms of elder abuse is financial exploitation. Older adults often have valuable assets and vulnerabilities, such as mental or physical disabilities, that make them prime targets by both strangers and...more

9/26/2013 - Banks CFPB Elder Abuse GLBA Privacy Information Sharing Material Nonpublic Information

NJ Attorney General Settles with PulsePoint for $1 Million

Digital marketing company, PulsePoint entered into a Consent Order with the New Jersey Attorney General and agreed to pay $1 million, following an investigation of claims that PulsePoint bypassed privacy setting of Apple’s...more

8/2/2013 - Apple Attorney Generals Data Collection FTC Google Online Advertisements Pulsepoint

Massachusetts Zip Code Class Action: Take 3

Another class action suit has been filed in Massachusetts in the zip code wars. This time, the target is instrument retailer Guitar Center for allegedly requesting customers to provide their zip codes when making purchases...more

6/3/2013 - Class Action Credit Cards Data Collection Personally Identifiable Information Retailers ZIP Codes

Enter, the APPS Act

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democrat from Georgia, has introduced a mobile privacy bill that if passed will require mobile application developers to maintain privacy policies, obtain consent from consumers before collecting...more

5/14/2013 - APPS Act Data Protection Mobile Apps Mobile Privacy

Data Breach at Gunpoint

You might think that if you lock your backup tapes in a safe they are protected from a data breach, but Kmart’s recent data breach proves that’s not the case. Last month, a person held a Kmart employee in Little Rock,...more

4/25/2013 - Confidential Information Data Breach Data Protection Encryption Kmart

Yet Another Zip Code Class Action Filed in Massachusetts

Earlier this month, we reported on the privacy case against craft giant Michaels Stores in which the plaintiff alleged that Michaels illegally collected zip codes during credit card transactions. The case was ultimately...more

4/9/2013 - Class Action Credit Cards Data Collection Data Protection Personally Identifiable Information Retailers ZIP Codes

Google: Better to Seek Forgiveness Than Permission?

For years, Google has been blazing trails in the technology world and along the way they have been caught in a few snares. The latest entanglement wrapped up this week as the company settled a two-year investigation led by an...more

3/21/2013 - Attorney Generals Data Collection FTC Google StreetView Wifi

FTC Finally Updates Its “.com Disclosures” – Welcome to the Small Screen

After rounds of comments and public workshops, the FTC has finally released an update to its digital advertising disclosure guidelines. The FTC first released guidance on digital advertising in 2000 and last May the FTC...more

3/21/2013 - Advertising Disclosure Requirements Dot Com Disclosure Guide FTC Marketing Mobile Devices

Activity at the Federal Trade Commission

There is much going on at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) these days, particularly in the privacy arena. In addition to the settlements discussed below, today the White House confirmed that President Obama will nominate...more

3/1/2013 - Android Applications COPPA Data Collection FTC HTC America Manufacturers Mobile Devices Parental Consent Path Personally Identifiable Information Political Appointments Privacy Policy Security Social Media

President Signs Cybersecurity Executive Order

“America must … face the rapidly growing threat from cyber-attacks. Now, we know hackers steal people’s identities and infiltrate private emails. We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets. Now our...more

2/15/2013 - CISPA Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Framework DHS Enhanced Cybersecurity Services Executive Orders Fair Fair Information Practice Principles Infrastructure NIST Presidential Directives

Data Privacy Day 2013 – Tip #2 – Dust off your information security policy (or start putting one in place…)

Do you have a comprehensive information security program? Many businesses are still operating without one, leaving them open to preventable data breaches. The importance of info security programs was yet again underscored...more

1/29/2013 - CBR Systems Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection FTC Personally Identifiable Information

Updated COPPA Rule – “Strong, Stronger and Yet Stronger” or Just More Confusion?

After years of consideration and feedback the Federal Trade Commission released the final revision to the 14-year old Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule. The FTC began its review of the Rule back in April...more

12/24/2012 - COPPA Data Protection FTC Internet Mobile Apps Notice Requirements Parental Consent Personally Identifiable Information

Nickelodeon Target of Privacy Complaint; Final COPPA Amendments to be Released Tomorrow

The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) filed a complaint yesterday asking the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by Nickelodeon and mobile...more

12/19/2012 - Center for Digital Democracy COPPA FTC Mobile Apps Nickelodeon PlayFirst

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