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Passwords Remain Important for Data Security, FTC Reminds Businesses

For the most recent installment in the Federal Trade Commission’s “Stick with Security” series, the agency’s blog post focused on passwords....more

Set Sensible Limits on Data Access, FTC Explains

In its third post in the “Stick with Security” series, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) suggested that access to sensitive data should be sensibly limited....more

Federal Trade Commission Presses Forward with Data Security Enforcement in Settlement with Uber

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On August 15, Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”) reached an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) to settle allegations that the company deceived consumers by misrepresenting its security and employee access...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

Analysis: Cyber-Monitoring: The Next Frontier

by Dickinson Wright on

Cybersecurity is “hot” and will stay “hot” for corporations, executives, regulators, law enforcement and legislators. Rarely is there a corporate compliance discussion in 2017 where cyber isn’t “the” topic or a material part...more

The FTC’s New Data Breach Response Guide (and a Reminder)

The two-pronged mission of the Federal Trade Commission is to protect consumers and promote competition. According to the FTC’s website, protecting consumers includes “stopping unfair, deceptive or fraudulent practices in the...more

How The FTC Guides Businesses Through Data Breaches

by Ifrah PLLC on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently released a data breach guide for businesses, along with a video and blog to help companies following the immediate aftermath of a data breach. The FTC also provides a model data...more

The FTC Offers Businesses Tips on How to Respond to a Data Breach

It seems like managing data breaches has become a part of doing business these days. From the October denial of service attack on Dyn (a company that provides core internet services to companies like Twitter, Spotify and...more

FTC Releases New Data Response Breach Guide For Businesses

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission released a new guide for businesses on data breach response yesterday along with a three-minute video summary. The 14-page guide highlights the immediate steps a business should take when...more

FTC Releases Data Breach Response Guide

by Morgan Lewis on

On October 25, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released new guidance for businesses that outlines recommended actions to take when facing a data breach. This data breach response guide (Guide) follows the FTC's prior...more

FTC Increases Maximum Civil Penalties for HSR Act, COPPA, and Other Violations from $16,000 to $40,000

On June 30, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued an interim final rule that substantially increases the maximum civil penalties for violations of the competition and consumer protection laws enforced by the FTC...more

Data Privacy Due Diligence: Questions to Consider in a Merger or Acquisition

by Bryan Cave on

The FTC can hold an acquirer responsible for the bad data security and privacy practices of a company that they acquire. Evaluating a potential target’s data privacy and security practices, however, can be daunting and...more

FTC: Data Security Primer for Small Businesses and Start-ups

The Federal Trade Commission will host a one day-conference in Chicago at Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law on June 15, 2016. This event will be the fourth of the FTC’s Start with Security Events nationwide, which build...more

Highlights from the FTC’s Second “Start With Security” Initiative

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On November 5, the FTC hosted its second “Start With Security” event in Austin, Texas in an effort to provide companies with practical tips and strategies for implementing effective data security....more

Government Websites With Cybersecurity Tips & Information

by Snell & Wilmer on

As part of the government’s recent clarion call to improve our individual and collective cybersecurity posture, several federal and state agencies have released a variety of guidelines, frameworks, best practices and tips. ...more

FTC Releases Data Security Guide for Businesses

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released a guide for businesses with practical tips and advice to help organizations better secure their data. The guide, Start With Security, draws on more than 50 data security...more

Inside Insight: How the FTC Approaches Data Breach Investigations

by Snell & Wilmer on

A data breach hurts in a myriad of ways – the tarnished image of the breached company, the diminished consumer trust, and the bottom-line impact of remedial costs and lost business. The last thing a company already reeling...more

Roadmap Offers Important Insights on How to Prepare for FTC Data Breach Investigations

On May 20, 2015, Federal Trade Commission Assistant Director Mark Eichorn of the Bureau of Consumer Protection’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection (DPIP) offered an inside look into the FTC’s investigative process...more

President Obama’s Proposed Privacy Bill of Rights - Part 6: FTC Enforcement Powers

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

In this post, we look at the additional powers given to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to enforce the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights (CPBR) and what it may mean for the agency that already enjoys significant authority to...more

“Red Flag” Compliance Requirements Come to Investment Advisors, Broker-Dealers

It has been several years since the Federal Trade Commission’s Red Flag Rule took effect; and the banking regulators have had the Red Flag Interagency Guidance in place since 2007. Finally, entities regulated by the...more

Ifrah Law Partner Michelle Cohen: Don’t Consider Yourself Immune to Data Breaches

by Ifrah PLLC on

Michelle Cohen recently joined Ifrah Law as a partner. Here is an edited transcript of a recent interview with Ms. Cohen. Question: What are some of your legal experiences and strengths that you’d like to...more

In-House Counsel: The Top 6 Risks (Part II of II)

by Michael Volkov on

In Part II on In-House Counsel, I examine the field of enforcement risks facing in-house counsel and outline my Top 6 Risks. The challenges facing in-house counsel are significant and growing. It is important to try and...more

Eye on Privacy - May 2012

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Eye on Privacy. Privacy and data security may very well be among the most pressing issues facing companies today, especially given the dynamic regulatory landscape. In just the past few...more

Keeping The FTC Out Of Your Space: Lessons From Myspace

Originally published in Law360, New York (May 30, 2012, 1:08 PM ET) Once again, the Federal Trade Commission has issued a warning to companies with online privacy policies: If your privacy policy misrepresents...more

Facebook Settles FTC Charges that It Deceived Consumers, Agrees to 20 Year Consent Order

In a settlement announced today by the Federal Trade Commission and Facebook, the social networking service agreed to settle charges that it deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook...more

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