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Consumer Protection Organization Petitions FTC To Enforce U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework

On August 14, the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) announced that it filed a complaint with the FTC claiming that 30 U.S. companies are compiling, using, and sharing EU consumers’ personal information without their...more

Data Mining & Privacy: Who’s Watching Them Watch You?

Recently, the Federal Trade Commission issued a detailed report that summarized extensive data collection efforts that it uncovered in its study of the data brokerage industry. The FTC recommended that Congress require the...more

COPPA’s “Safe Harbor” Grows with FTC’s Approval of iKeepSafe’s Self-Regulating Framework

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that it approved iKeepSafe’s Safe Harbor Program application, allowing the company’s self-regulating framework to serve as a safe harbor under the Children’s Online Privacy...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

Developing a Meaningful Privacy Policy

In May 2014, California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris released recommendations for businesses addressing recent changes and best practices under California’s privacy laws. The guide is entitled “Making Your Privacy...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 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

Snapchat Settles FTC Charges of Misrepresenting Privacy and Security Features

Snapchat, a mobile app that lets users send photos and videos that self-destruct within ten seconds, settled FTC charges relating to the app's ephemeral message feature and the app's data collection and security features....more

Eight Key Takeaways from FTC's Settlement with Snapchat

Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with Snapchat, the young mobile messaging company. The complaint alleges misrepresentations about functionality and related security as well as privacy...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

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

Advertising Law - December 31, 2013

FTC Shines a Light on Flashlight App’s Geolocation Data Sharing - In the agency’s first action involving geolocation data, Goldenshores Technologies, LLC, settled charges with the Federal Trade Commission that the...more

If at First You Don't Succeed... FTC Approves Second Candidate's New COPPA Verifiable Consent Method

The Federal Trade Commission announced that it has approved a new method for companies to obtain parents’ verifiable consent for online collection and use of children’s personal information under the Children’s Online Privacy...more

On the Eighth Day of Privacy, my Mobile Apps Know Everything About Me . . .

Of all the “Days of Privacy” looking forward to 2014, we believe that the issues surrounding mobile applications and privacy will see some of the most intense regulatory focus …. read on, and be prepared…....more

Comments Due January 10, 2014 on Issues Raised in FTC's Internet of Things Workshop

Following its highly publicized workshop exploring consumer privacy and security issues arising from the emerging market of the Internet of Things, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is now calling for filed comments on...more

On the Seventh Day of Privacy, the FTC Gave to Me….

Significant compliance obligations with children’s privacy rules! Last December, the FTC gave to us the long awaited (or maybe not so much by covered entities!) final amendments to the 14-year old Children’s Online...more

FTC says app developers must shine more light on how they use data

When your own flashlight is spying on you, something is wrong. That, at any rate, is the Federal Trade Commission’s thinking in a case that illustrates how, in today’s electronic world, privacy concerns can lurk in the most...more

On the Fourth Day of Privacy, the Internet gave to me….

Web cameras, burglar alarms, fitness monitors, smartphones, and a host of other internet connected devices all have the potential to invade privacy by collecting and sharing personal information. Yet in many cases, the...more

Mobile Apps Remain Regulatory Focus as FTC Enforces Data Privacy of Popular Program

The provider of the immensely popular “Brightest Flashlight Free” mobile app for Android reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges that it collected sensitive personal information, including...more

Advertising Law -- Nov 27, 2013

FTC Shoots Down COPPA Compliance Request Based on Social Networking - The Federal Trade Commission has denied an application from AssertID seeking the agency's approval of a proposed method of verifiable parental...more

The Download - November 2013

In this issue: - Senator Markey and Representative Barton Reintroduce Do Not Track Kids Act - House Bipartisan Working Group Continues Discussion on Privacy - Federal Trade Commission Holds Workshop on...more

The Online Marketer’s Guide To Privacy

I’ve hesitated to write this post because the law is always changing and you can’t cover it all in one blog post (thank goodness for linking). I did a presentation to the Houston Interactive Marketing Association this week...more

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