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The FTC and Industry Propose Best Practices for IoT Security Updates

by Hogan Lovells on

How do you ensure that an Internet-connected sensor or device—often inexpensive and designed for lifespans of up to 20 years or more—can be secured against not only the intrusions of today but also those of the future? This...more

FTC Issues ‘Stick with Security’ Guidance Emphasizing Data Security Best Practices

The Acting Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, Thomas B. Pahl, recently commenced a ‘Stick with Security’ series of blog posts that analyze the data security principles championed by the FTC in its Start with...more

FTC Blog Posts Offer Security Guidance

In an effort to provide insight into the Federal Trade Commission’s data security principles, the agency pledged to each week share a new blog post with lessons for businesses....more

FTC Asked to Investigate Google’s Matching of “Bricks to Clicks”

Recently, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) asked the FTC to begin an investigation into a Google program called “Store Sales Management.” The purpose of Store Sales Management is to allow for the matching...more

FTC Schools “Smart” Toys with Updated COPPA Compliance Guidance

by Hogan Lovells on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released an updated guidance document for complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). The revised guidance, released on June 21, 2017, explicitly identifies...more

FTC Approves Modifications to TRUSTe’s COPPA Safe Harbor Program

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved TRUSTe’s proposed modifications to their Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) safe harbor program this week....more

Privacy Tip #99 – If you are an IoT Fanatic, this App is for You

Last January, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) launched the IoT Home Inspector Challenge, a contest that requested participants to come up with a tool that would identify security issues that are caused by out-of-date...more

FTC Updates Data Security Guidance for Businesses

by Alston & Bird on

In June, the Federal Trade Commission released a new guide for businesses on implementing sound data security protections and procedures. In “Protecting Personal Information: A Guide For Business,” the FTC offers “10...more

Regulating the Internet of Toys

by McDermott Will & Emery on

New technologies and the expansion of the Internet of Things have allowed children of this generation to experience seamless interactive technologies through microphones, GPS devices, speech recognition, sensors, cameras and...more

FTC's New Guidance on COPPA is a Wake-Up Call to Review Your Privacy Policy

by Baker Donelson on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has updated its compliance plan for the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Introduced in 1998, COPPA establishes the guidelines under which personal information may be...more

FTC Announces Internal Process Reforms in Connection with Civil Investigative Demands

by BakerHostetler on

Has your company or client been served with a Civil Investigative Demand (CID)? Overwhelmed? Don’t despair – the future may be brighter, as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is now offering more clarity regarding its CID...more

Keeping Up with Cayla: Concerns over Interactive Toys Spur an FTC Update of COPPA Guidelines

“Pleeeease?!” Buying a quick gift or giving in to your child’s pleas for a new toy is quickly becoming a more serious decision. In the age where toys can happily entertain kids by talking to them, the few precious moments...more

FTC Chronicle: “Lessons Learned” from the Agency’s Data Breach Investigations

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – often criticized for not providing clear guidance as to what the agency considers reasonable data security – announced on Friday that it would publish a weekly blog discussing “lessons...more

FTC Reaffirms that IoT Devices Must Comply with COPPA

The Internet of Things (“IoT”) can be thought of as a group of different devices that can communicate with each other, perhaps over a network such as the internet. We have written extensively about many of the privacy...more

FTC, NHTSA Discuss Balancing Data Privacy, Security and Innovation with 'Regulatory Humility' at Connected Cars Workshop

by Reed Smith on

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Acting Chair Maureen Ohlhausen advocated for “regulatory humility” in FTC’s approach to automated vehicles in Washington, D.C., on June 28, 2017, at the Connected Cars workshop hosted by the FTC...more

New FTC Guidance on Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

by Morgan Lewis on

In May 2017, Senator Mark Warner of Virginia sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) raising concerns about the security of data collected, transmitted, and/or stored by internet-connected products geared toward...more

(Connected) Toy Story: The FTC Updates the COPPA Compliance Plan

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently issued an updated “Six-Step Compliance Plan for Businesses” (“Compliance Plan”) for entities subject to the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”), 15 U.S.C....more

FTC Settles With Lead Generation Firm For Illegally Selling Consumer Data, False Data Security Promises

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The FTC announced last week a settlement with Blue Global Media, LLC and its CEO Christopher Kay. The company operated 38 Internet domains that solicited online loan applications from consumers. The applications collected...more

LabMD – FTC Face-Off Continues Over FTC’s Data Privacy Authority

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently heard oral arguments in LabMD, Inc. v. Federal Trade Commission, the long-running dispute over the FTC’s authority to impose liability for data security breaches...more

The Toys Have Eyes (and Ears): FTC Updates COPPA Guidance for Internet of Things

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The FTC has updated its Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA) Six-Step Compliance Plan for Your Business “to reflect developments in the marketplace” – including the introduction of internet-connected toys and the...more

An American Tech Company in King Brussels’ Court: A Cautionary Tale

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

The European Union’s antitrust regulator recently imposed a record €2.42 billion fine against Google, finding that the company had “abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another...more

FTC and NHTSA Navigate Privacy and Security Issues at “Connected Cars” Workshop

by WilmerHale on

The majority of new cars today come with a variety of so-called “connected” features, such as the ability to communicate with one another, Internet-connected features and video content, and even the ability to drive...more

Compliance with COPPA: So Easy, Even a Kid Can Do It

by Reed Smith on

The Federal Trade Commission has published a new guide that seeks to make compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Drawing from its detailed FAQs, the FTC has developed...more

IoT Device Companies: Add COPPA to Your “To Do” Lists

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updated its guidance on the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). COPPA and the FTC’s related COPPA Rules establish guidelines to protect children under the age of 13...more

Key Considerations in Addressing Privacy Concerns During Drone Operations

by Williams Mullen on

Imagine that one of your employees uses his or her iPhone to take some pictures of work being done at a construction site. The employee captures several images that include teenagers sunbathing by a pool on the adjacent...more

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