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The United States Federal Trade Commission is an independent federal agency established in 1914 by the Federal Trade Commission Act. The agency is charged with protecting consumers from misleading, fraudulent or deceptive marketing claims, as well as regulating unfair business practices that undermine the competitive marketplace.    less -

FTC Takes Hard Line on Social Media Endorsements: Disclose, Disclose, Disclose... (It Matters Given Growing Reliance on Social...

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has unequivocally signaled this month that compliant endorsements on social media remain a high priority for this US consumer protection agency because endorsements carry weight and affect...more

Building a Health App? What You Need to Know

Last week, Apple announced the new Apple Watch Series 3 which will feature an enhanced heart rate app. The app will notify you when it detects an elevated heart rate even when you are not working out. The sensor will also be...more

Senate Democrats Introduce “Better Deal” Antitrust Enforcement Legislation

As part of the effort to rebrand the party and reconnect with working-class voters who were lost in the presidential election, congressional Democrats revealed a new populist policy agenda, titled “A Better Deal: Better Jobs,...more

Equifax Week Two: It Keeps Getting Worse

The drumbeat of bad news continues for credit monitoring agency Equifax Inc., after its disclosure on September 7th of a massive data breach – compromising Social Security numbers, dates of birth and other personally...more

Legal Implications and Initial Takeaways from the Equifax Data Breach

On September 7, Equifax, one of three nationwide credit-reporting agencies that compile and evaluate the financial history of consumers, announced that it suffered a security breach in which sensitive information of...more

FTC Settles Charges Regarding Privacy Shield Noncompliance

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On September 8, 2017, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that three US companies have reached a settlement regarding charges that the companies misled consumers in connection with their participation in the EU-US...more

The Latest Influencer Advertising Tips from the FTC – When, How & Where to Make Effective Disclosures

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

As we blogged about earlier this month, the FTC seems to have spent much of its summer checking out influencer advertising and focusing its attention on those who fail to make the necessary disclosures of material connections...more

FTC Announces First Privacy Shield Enforcement Actions

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The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that it had settled charges against three companies alleged to have falsely claimed participation in Privacy Shield. Privacy Shield supports EU – U.S. transfers of personal data...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 15

by Jones Day on

UNITED STATES - Regulatory—Policy, Best Practices, and Standards - FTC Comments on Improvements to IoT Device Security - On June 19, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") submitted comments to a working group organized by the...more

FTC Settles Social Media Influencer Investigation With CSGO Lotto

On Sept. 7, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) made public its settlement with YouTubers Trevor “TmarTn” Martin, Thomas “Syndicate” Cassell and their company CSGOLotto, Inc. (“Respondents”), over allegations of multiple...more

Preloaded Adware That Risked User Data Costs Lenovo $3.5 Million

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Last week, Lenovo Inc. agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle allegations that it installed monitoring and advertising software on its laptops. The lawsuit was brought by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and 32 state...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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The CFPB issued a no-action letter to Upstart Network this week that will allow the online lender to “continue using alternative credit data to evaluate borrowers in exchange for providing data to the federal consumer finance...more

Developments in Association Law, 2016 – 2017

There have been important legal developments at the federal and state levels for nonprofit organizations. - Takeaways - Nonprofits continue to experience Federal government and private litigant antitrust enforcement....more

Disclose or Else: FTC Steps Up Prosecution of Social Media Influencers

Last week, the FTC brought its first action against a social media influencer for failing to make appropriate disclosures on sponsored posts. While it had previously prosecuted companies who pay influencers for posts such as...more

Influencing the Influencers: FTC Updates Its Endorsement Guide FAQs

On Sept. 7, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updated its answers to a series of frequently asked questions, in its “Endorsement Guides: What People Are Asking” (the “Updated FAQs”), about its “Guides Concerning the...more

Warning from the U.S. Antitrust Agencies: Remain Compliant with Antitrust Laws During Post-Hurricane Harvey and Irma Relief...

by K&L Gates LLP on

On September 12, 2017, the Department of Justice Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (collectively, the “Agencies”) released antitrust guidance for post-hurricane relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes...more

Equifax Breach is a Category 5 Incident Affecting You – Our Recommendations on How to Safeguard Your Data

On September 7, 2017, Equifax announced what appears to be the largest breach of consumer data in US history. According to Equifax, it discovered on July 29, 2017 that it had suffered a cyber-attack which lasted from May to...more

Claiming Privacy Shield Participation on Your Website? Lessons from the FTC’s First Privacy Shield Enforcement Action

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced settlements with Decusoft, LLC, Tru Communication, Inc. (doing business as TCPrinting.net), and Md7, LLC, resolving allegations that the companies misrepresented their...more

22 Million Comments Tell FCC Battle Over Net Neutrality Is Not Over

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Last year, the contentious net neutrality debate appeared to be finally settled when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed the FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order.[1] But in May, the FCC launched...more

Equifax Breach: Three Takeaways from the First Four Days

by Mintz Levin on

On September 7, 2017, Equifax, one of the three large credit reporting bureaus, announced a cybersecurity incident impacting approximately 143 million U.S. consumers. According to Equifax, the breach occurred mid-May through...more

Joint FTC / DOJ Guidance: Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Businesses and individuals in Texas, Florida, the Southeast, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are preparing for a massive recovery and reconstruction effort in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The Antitrust Division...more

SELF DRIVE Act Passes the House as Senate Prepares Its Own Bill

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On September 6, 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution (“SELF DRIVE”) Act, H.R. 3388. All eyes are now on the Senate, which is drafting its own...more

In The Aftermath Of A Hurricane: How To Avoid Fraud, Waste, And Abuse

Sadly, history repeats itself. Disasters can bring about the best, and sometimes the worst, in human behavior. So can disaster cleanups. From price gouging to fraud, there will always be opportunists on the horizon following...more

FTC Provides Guidance on Data Security in Its “Stick With Security” Blog

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Building on the FTC’s “Start with Security” guide for businesses, the agency launched the “Stick with Security” blog on July 21, 2017. The blog provides additional guidance on each of the 10 fundamental principles of data...more

Privacy Shield Update: Ahead of First Joint Review, Europeans Remain Skeptical as FTC Announces Enforcement Actions

by BakerHostetler on

On September 8, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced enforcement actions against three companies alleged to have falsely claimed participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. The move follows several...more

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