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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 Approves TRUSTe’s Updated Safe Harbor Program

by King & Spalding on

On July 31, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced that it voted 2-0 to approve TRUSTe’s modifications to its safe harbor program under the terms of the Children Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). TRUSTe...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a contest that requested participants to come up with a tool that would identify security issues that are caused by out-of-date...more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 and FBI Issue Compliance Reminder on Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act

by Morgan Lewis on

A recent update of the FTC’s COPPA compliance plan for businesses focuses on internet-connected toys and devices aimed at children; FBI issues a Public Service Announcement with a similar focus....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 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

Case Update: In Consumer Data Breach Case, Eleventh Circuit Indicates Concern over Scope of FTC’s Enforcement Actions

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On June 21, 2017, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument in LabMD, Inc. v. FTC, Case No. 16-16270, a case that is being carefully watched to see if it will clarify the limits of the Federal Trade...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

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

Advertising Law - July 2017

Court Rules That ADA Applies to Website - In what is believed to be the first court to hold a trial on the applicability of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to a retailer’s website, a federal court judge in...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

FTC Updates COPPA Guidance

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released an updated version of its guidance on complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) on June 21, 2017. Companies that collect personal information from...more

FTC Issues Update on COPPA

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a six-step compliance plan to assist businesses with compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). It provides clarity on who is covered by and must...more

Advertising Law - June 2017 #5

Full Disclosure: Instagram to Help Influencers With Compliance - On the heels of dozens of letters sent by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to influencers and marketers, cautioning them to make appropriate disclosures on...more

Federal Trade Commission Obtains Judgment Against Robocallers

by King & Spalding on

On Wednesday, May 31, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) secured default judgments against an individual responsible for hundreds of millions of illegal “robocalls” and nine companies he controlled, resulting in a...more

Hey, Alexa: What’s New in Children’s Privacy?... FTC Updates COPPA Guidance

Trying to keep pace with developments in internet-connected toys and other devices for children, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced June 21, 2017 that it has updated its guidance, a “Six-Step Compliance Plan for...more

Oregon Ramps up State Consumer Protections in an Era of Deregulation

Oregon’s legislature recently expanded the scope of statutory consumer protections by passing a bill to amend the state’s Unlawful Trade Practices Act (the “Act”). Recently, Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown signed H.B. 2090 into...more

FTC Comments On Guidance To Improve IoT Device Security

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On June 19, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) submitted public comments recommending modifications to draft guidance to improve the security of Internet of Things (IoT) devices by having IoT manufacturers better...more

FTC Submits Comments on IoT Security

by Morgan Lewis on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) submitted public comments to the US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in connection with the NTIA’s draft guidance on improving the...more

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