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“Getting to Know You, Getting to Know All About You…” FTC Data Brokers Report Calls for More Industry Transparency, Regulation in...

“You may not know them, but data brokers know you,” Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said when she announced the release of the Commission’s newest report on the data broker industry. And in the FTC’s...more

FTC Announces Settlements with Data Brokers over Alleged FCRA Violations

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced two more settlements with data brokers for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The settlements with Instant Checkmate, Inc., InfoTrack Information...more

FTC, PIRG complaint reports highlight consumer dissatisfaction with debt collection industry

The FTC released its annual Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book on February 27, 2014, providing national and state-by-state data on consumer complaints received by the FTC, all U.S. and Canadian Better Business Bureaus, the...more

Willful Fair Credit Reporting Act Violation Confers Article III Standing

Whether they would admit it or not, most people have probably at some point searched for their own name in a search engine. Often the results illustrate how much personal information has been scraped and aggregated by...more

CFPB joins other federal regulators in announcing GLBA privacy exemption

On September 24, 2013, the CFPB joined the CFTC, the SEC, the FTC, the NCUA, and the prudential bank regulatory agencies (the Federal Reserve, the OCC, and the FDIC) in the issuance of an Interagency Guidance on Privacy Laws...more

Advertising Law -- Sep 04, 2013

FTC Members Speak Out About Data Brokers, Big Data - Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and Commissioner Julie Brill both spoke out recently about the issue of “big data.” Referencing the...more

FTC Actions Against Payment Processors Heighten Legal Risks for Service Providers in Privacy Cases

In taking action against two payment processors earlier this month for providing processing services to merchants allegedly engaged in deceptive telemarketing practices, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission demonstrated a broad...more

Amended Red Flags Rule now in effect – are you still a creditor?

The FTC’s amended definition of “creditor” within the Red Flags Rule is now in effect. The definition is narrower in scope, but under it, a franchisor may still qualify as a “creditor.” For instance, if you use a...more

SEC and CFTC Adopt "Red Flag" Identity Theft Rules

The SEC and the CFTC recently issued final rules requiring certain regulated entities that qualify as either "financial institutions" or "creditors" to adopt programs to identify and address the risk of identity theft...more

App Developer Settles FCRA Charges Over Provision of Criminal Background Reports

Earlier this year, an enterprise that sold criminal record reports via mobile apps agreed to settle FTC charges that it operated as a consumer reporting agency without taking consumer protection measures required by the Fair...more

New SEC Identity Theft Red Flag Regulations Call Attention to Investment Advisers

It is probably fair to say most registered investment advisers, at least those below a certain size, did not pay a great deal of attention to the anti-identity theft, or “red flag” rules jointly adopted by the Federal Trade...more

FTC: Data Brokers That Compile Tenant Data May Be Covered by FCRA

On April 3, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission issued a press release that marks yet another step in its continuing trend of actions involving data brokers and data providers. As we have noted in earlier blog posts, the...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

Final Red Flags Rules Adopted By SEC And CFTC

Today the CFTC and the SEC jointly issued final rules that require regulated entities to adopt programs designed to prevent identity theft – so-called “red flags” rules....more

FTC Points to Key Issues in New World of Mobile Payments

Earlier this month, the Federal Trade Commission released a staff report outlining key issues facing consumers and companies as they adopt mobile payment services, entitled “Paper, Plastic . . . or Mobile? An FTC Workshop on...more

FTC Issues Report On Mobile Payment Consumer Protections

On March 8, the FTC released a report on mobile payments by consumers. The report, based on a FTC workshop held in April 2012, focuses on financial, security, and privacy consumer protections. The FTC encourages companies to...more

FTC Issues Report on Mobile Payments

The Staff Report on mobile payments recently issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) focuses on areas of concern discussed at the FTC’s April 2012 workshop. The report does not break much new ground, but it does...more

Advertising Law - Mar 15, 2013

In This Issue: SPECIAL FOCUS: FTC Releases Updated Guidance for Digital Marketers; Less Dry or Moisturized? NAD Decides; FTC Targets Lack of Security on Mobile Device's Software; Apple, Parents Reach Deal on In-App...more

FTC Releases Report on Improving Consumer Protections in Mobile Payments; Recommends Financial, Privacy and Data Security...

On March 8, 2013 the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released a Report on mobile payments that serves to follow up on the FTC’s April 2012 workshop on mobile payments, as well as to lay the groundwork for the application of...more

FTC Releases Report on Mobile Payments; Guidance on Addressing Issues in Mobile Carrier Billing, Privacy and Data Security

Earlier this month, the FTC released a Report highlighting some of the key issues in the mobile payments space, with particular focus on mobile carrier billing, privacy and data security, and international payments. The...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - February 1, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - CREDIT CARDS - E-COMMERCE - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY -...more

Advertising Law -- Dec 26, 2012

In This Issue: SPECIAL FOCUS: FTC Announces Final Amendments to Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule; ’Tis the Season for Gift Card Restrictions; NAD Speaks on Indefinite Promotions; FCC: Confirmatory Opt-Out...more

FTC Orders Data Brokers To Provide Consumer Data Practices Information

On December 18, the FTC issued orders requiring nine data brokerage companies to provide information about (i) the nature and sources of the consumer information the data brokers collect, (ii) how they use, maintain, and...more

Mortgage Banking Update - December 14, 2012

In This Issue: - CFPB Monitor Named to the ABA Journal Annual Blawg 100 List - Temporary CONGRESS PASSES LEGISLATION TO FIX CFPB PRIVILEGE WAIVER PROBLEM - CFPB DESCRIBES PLANS FOR COORDINATING WITH STATE...more

Wow! Government Amends Red Flags Rule to Make it Narrower

Congress, FTC Restrict Definition of “Creditors” who must Adopt a Formal Plan to Prevent, Detect ID Theft In journalism, the adage goes, “man bites dog” is news. The regulatory equivalent should be “government amends...more

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