The Federal Trade Commission has announced 12 proposed settlements with companies accused of falsely claiming that they complied with the US-EU Safe Harbor Framework.
These companies range from three National Football League teams to a debt collection firm. They handle various types of consumer data, including sensitive health and employment data.
The FTC is under heavy pressure from the European Commission to crack down on US companies that falsely claim to be following the Safe Harbor principles. In its complaints, the FTC alleged that the 12 companies deceptively claimed that they held current US-EU Safe Harbor and/or US-Swiss Safe Harbor certifications. But the companies had let their certifications lapse.