Federal Trade Commission Data Security

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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 -
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FTC Delays Ruling in LabMD Appeal

The Federal Trade Commission has decided to put off until late July a decision about whether to overturn a ruling by the agency’s chief administrative law judge in the closely watched data security action against LabMD, the...more

Will Privacy Enforcement Actions Impact “Reasonable” Security Measures Needed to Protect Trade Secrets?

In widely-publicized, contested privacy cases last year, the FTC advocated in favor of a high baseline for information security measures.  Among the security practices attacked by the FTC as critical mistakes by companies...more

The CFPB and Data Security Enforcement

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced its intention to act as a data security regulator by releasing its first unfair, deceptive or abusive acts or practices (UDAAP) enforcement action for allegedly...more

Balancing Innovation With Privacy Concerns: The FTC Provides Comment on the Internet of Things

On June 3, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) responded to a Request for Comments issued by the Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) regarding the Internet of Things...more

Financial Services Report, Summer 2016

BELTWAY - Every Last Penny Counts - Five federal banking agencies issued a Supervisory Bulletin titled “Interagency Guidance Regarding Deposit Reconciliation Practices” (the “Guidance”). The Guidance outlines...more

What to Consider When Purchasing a Privacy Certification

Privacy certifications, or "trustbrands," are seals licensed by third parties for organizations to place on their homepage or within their privacy policy. The seals typically state, or imply, that the organization which has...more

FTC Staff Tackle FCC Privacy Rules in Public Comment

As the Federal Communications Commission sifts through over 50,000 comments received in response to its proposed broadband privacy rules, the Federal Trade Commission’s comments are likely to stand as a highlight. In a...more

Understanding How the FTC Tracks Privacy Complaints

The FTC collects complaints about companies that allegedly violate the data privacy, data security, advertising, and marketing laws. The result is a massive database of consumer complaints known as “Consumer Sentinel” that is...more

Advertising Law - May 2016 #4

NAD Vacuums Up Preference Claims - In a challenge brought by a competing vacuum manufacturer, the National Advertising Division recommended that SharkNinja discontinue a claim that "Americans now choose Shark 2-to-1 over...more

Cyber Security

Roughly one million pieces of malware—computer viruses or malicious software—are released every day. In recent years, we’ve witnessed an unprecedented level of activity in the cyber arena, both in the form of increased...more

Are You Prepared for Your Vendor’s Data Breach?

Ever since the Target and Home Depot breaches were traced to intrusions at their vendors, the management of cybersecurity at third-party vendors has been a focus of companies and regulators. The FTC has flagged the issue, as...more

FTC: Data Security Primer for Small Businesses and Start-ups

The Federal Trade Commission will host a one day-conference in Chicago at Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law on June 15, 2016. This event will be the fourth of the FTC’s Start with Security Events nationwide, which build...more

LabMD’s Waiting Game: Lingering Questions over FTC’s Authority in Data Security Matters

A contentious legal battle over data security between the Federal Trade Commission and LabMD, a small medical testing lab, is chronicled in the latest edition of Bloomberg Businessweek. Dune Lawrence’s report raises...more

The FCC’s Privacy NPRM: A Closer Look at the Commission’s Legal Authority and Some of Its Proposals

As we have previously advised, the FCC’s proposed rulemaking to “protect the privacy of customers of broadband and other telecommunications services” (the “NPRM”) proposes sweeping changes to the ways that Internet Service...more

Judge Flunks Case Against LabMD, FTC Appeals

In March 2015, I wrote about the ongoing dispute between the FTC and LabMD, an Atlanta-based cancer screening laboratory, and looked at whether the FTC has the authority to take enforcement action over data-security practices...more

Federal Agencies Provide User-Friendly Guidance on Compliance with Data Privacy Laws

How federal privacy laws apply to mobile health applications has been an area of significant ambiguity. Recently, the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil...more

Why and How Your Business Should Protect Sensitive Customer Data

With the battle over data privacy between Apple and the Department of Justice at the forefront of the news cycle, business owners across the country are likely asking themselves: what responsibilities do I have in protecting...more

Think Before You App: FTC Releases Compliance Tools for Health App Developers

The Federal Trade Commission furthered its outreach to the mobile app developer community last week by issuing new guidance for integrating privacy and security into mobile health apps, as well as an interactive online tool...more

State AGs Upping the Ante on Health (and Other) Information Data Incidents – Expect Increased Enforcement Actions

State attorneys general (AGs) continue to emerge as major regulators of privacy, and increasingly, with respect to compromises of health-related data. Businesses concerned with U.S. customer or employee data have long...more

From Big Data to Bacon to Bots: Who will be Under FTC’s Watchful Eye Next?

At last week’s Strata + Hadoop Worldwide Big Data Conference those “in the know” about all things Silicon Valley prophesized that “data is the new bacon.” Witty comparisons aside, there is no question that big data has...more

What Net Neutrality Wrought: The FCC’s Proposed Broadband Privacy Rules

As previously promised in last year’s Open Internet Order, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the Commission) has released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeking comment on proposed privacy requirements for...more

FTC Launches Study of Assessment Process for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards

On March 7, the FTC announced a study of Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (“PCI DSS”) assessments – the audits required of certain merchants pursuant to rules imposed by payment card brands such as Visa and...more

Advertising Law - March 2016 #3

New in False Advertising Lawsuits: Security Systems and Oatmeal - Class action complaints alleging false advertising run the gamut of products and services, and recent lawsuits filed across the country bear this...more

How to Select a Qualified Security Assessor (“QSA”)

Retailers that accept credit cards are typically required by the payment card brands to show that they are in compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards or “PCI DSS” at least once a year. How a retailer...more

CFPB’s First-Ever Data Security Enforcement Action

Earlier this month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) made headlines by bringing its first enforcement action in the data security space. Dwolla, Inc., an Iowa-based online payment processor, was the CFPB’s...more

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