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FTC Report Sheds Light on Dark World of Data Brokers

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently issued a report entitled “Data Brokers: A Call for Transparency and Accountability” that identifies various concerns raised by the “Big Data” industry and provides solutions for...more

FTC Data Broker Report Recommends New Consumer Protection Legislation

Report Outlines Best Practices for Data Broker Industry - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released its report, Data Brokers: A Call for Transparency and Accountability, based on an in-depth study of nine data...more

FTC’s Data Broker Report: Transparency And Consumer Control

Calling for greater transparency and an increase in consumer control, the Federal Trade Commission has released its report on the data broker industry....more

“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 Report Seeks Congressional Review of Data Broker Industry

As the advent of “big data” increasingly takes center stage in the data and privacy sphere, data brokers—companies that compile and resell or share consumers’ personal data—have come under increased scrutiny. On May 27, 2014,...more

Advertising Law - June 2014

FTC’s Data Broker Report: Transparency And Consumer Control - Calling for greater transparency and an increase in consumer control, the Federal Trade Commission has released its report on the data broker industry....more

Data Brokers: “Off the Radar” – FTC Calls for Greater Oversight

A report recently released by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) concludes that data brokers currently operate so far below the radar screen that most consumers are unable to exercise any real control over the collection and...more

FTC Report Calls For Increased Data Broker Transparency

On May 27, the FTC released a report that claims—based on a study of nine data brokers—that data brokers generally operate with a “fundamental lack of transparency.” The FTC describes data brokers as companies that collect...more

FTC Calls for Action on Big Data

Following an 18-month investigation into the practices and operations of data brokers, the Federal Trade Commission has issued a voluminous report calling for legislation to regulate the industry in the interests of consumer...more

Dealing with a Data Broker? Here's What you Need to Know

The FTC recently released its report, “Data Brokers: A Call for Transparency and Accountability.” The report is the result of a study of nine data brokers and provides legislative recommendations...more

FTC Releases Data Broker Report

Today, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a long-awaited report on the data-broker industry. In the report, the FTC characterized data brokers as operating with a “fundamental lack of transparency.” The report, which...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

Advertising Law - Feb 28, 2014

9th Circuit Pulls the Shades Down on “Shine the Light” Lawsuit - The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently rejected an appeal of a district court’s dismissal of a claim made under California’s “Shine the Light,”...more

Australia Changes Privacy Act to Apply to Foreign Websites

Effective March 12, 2014, Australia will adopt new legislation which will require compliance by Canadian businesses that have a website and collect personal information from Australians, or have an Australian link. Software...more

Congress Steps Up its Scrutiny of Data Brokers

In keeping with Congress’s heightened focus on privacy practices in the data broker industry, Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) introduced a bill that would require increased transparency and...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Alleged Statutory Violations Sufficient For Standing Under FCRA

On February 4, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a plaintiff’s claim against a data broker alleged to have published inaccurate information about him has standing by virtue of the alleged violation of...more

Senate Commerce Committee Expands Data Broker Inquiry

On February 3, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) again expanded his investigation of data brokers when he asked six brokers for information on the compilation and sale of products that identify...more

Advertising Law - Feb 6, 2014

High-Profile Mistake Could Cost Data Brokers: Could a recent marketing error by OfficeMax impact the entire data-driven marketing industry? The company sent a mailer addressed to “Mike Seay, Daughter Killed in...more

Eye on Privacy - January 2014

In this issue: - FTC Settlement with Flashlight App Requires Extensive Disclosures Outside of the Privacy Policy to Collect and Share Geolocation Information - GAO and Senate Commerce Committee Release Studies...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - January 2014

In This Issue: - Ramifications of the Target Data Breach - California Federal Judge Winnows Down Massive Privacy Class Action - White House Launches “Big Data” Review - Senator Rockefeller Issues Data Broker...more

FTC Settles Claims Relating to U.S. – EU Safe Harbor Program

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced it has settled claims against 12 companies relating to charges the companies falsely claimed they were abiding by the U.S. – EU Safe Harbor program that enables U.S. companies...more

FTC Continues Aggressive FCRA Enforcement against Data Brokers

The Federal Trade Commission continues to aggressively enforce the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) against data brokers, as shown by its recent settlement with TeleCheck Services, Inc. The settlement requires TeleCheck to...more

Careful! Your Company May Be a Defacto Data Broker: Are Privacy Regulators Going for Broke(rs) as part of the 2014 Legislative and...

Concerns about privacy practices in the data broker industry, and the privacy implications about the lack of transparency “behind-the-scenes,” will remain a topic of intense regulatory and legislative focus in 2014. The...more

Data Brokers Under Scrutiny

The Senate Commerce Committee released this morning its majority staff report, A Review of the Data Broker Industry: Collection, Use, and Sale of Consumer Data for Marketing Purposes, on the practices data brokers use to...more

Senate Commerce Committee Continues Data Broker Inquiries

Recently, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) continued his committee’s examination of the way data brokers collect and share personal information. The Senator sent a letter to one data broker seeking...more

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