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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

Preloaded Adware That Risked User Data Costs Lenovo $3.5 Million

by King & Spalding on

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

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

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

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

Federal Trade Commission Reaffirms Commitment to Enforce EU-US Privacy Shield

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently settled enforcement actions against three companies accused of misleading consumers about their participation in the European Union-United States Privacy Shield framework,...more

FTC Cracks Down on Lead Generation Company’s Indiscriminate Sharing of Consumers’ Sensitive Data

On July 3, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had settled charges that defendants Blue Global, an operator of dozens of consumer loan lead generation websites, and its founder and CEO, Christopher Kay,...more

More Companies Must Comply with the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, But Don’t Know It. Are You One of Them?

by Dickinson Wright on

When the topic of data privacy and cyber security comes up, most people automatically think of data breaches, especially given the high-profile nature of so many of them. Breaches and hacks are certainly an issue about which...more

Connecting the Dots: Key Developments and Best Practices for Evaluating Privacy and Security Risks in IoT Investments

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The market for internet-connected devices (often referred to as the Internet of Things, or IoT) is growing rapidly. Investment in this burgeoning space can be attractive, and according to research firm IDC, the worldwide...more

Defining Sensitive Personal Information

by Bryan Cave on

Like the terms “personal information,” “personally identifiable information,” or “PII,” the terms “sensitive information” and “sensitive personal information” are often left undefined in contracts and treated as if they were...more

FTC Settles GLBA Enforcement Action Against TaxSlayer Stemming From 2015 Data Breach

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) this week announced a consent order with TaxSlayer, LLC, an online tax preparation services provider, to settle claims that the company violated the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) Safeguards...more

Uber Settles With FTC Over Allegedly Deceptive Privacy And Data Security Practices

by BakerHostetler on

Uber, the ride-hailing giant, agreed this week to implement a comprehensive privacy program and to undergo 20 years of privacy and data security audits in order to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that...more

The FTC’s Uber Consent Order: A Warning to Fast-Growing Companies

by Mintz Levin on

Recently, Uber agreed to a proposed Federal Trade Commission (FTC) consent order (“Consent Order”) to settle charges in an FTC complaint (“Complaint”) regarding behavior stemming back to at least 2014. Acting Chairman Maureen...more

Federal Trade Commission Presses Forward with Data Security Enforcement in Settlement with Uber

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On August 15, Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”) reached an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) to settle allegations that the company deceived consumers by misrepresenting its security and employee access...more

The FTC Data Security Settlement with Uber

by Bilzin Sumberg on

The Risks of Overpromising and Underperforming - Demonstrating its authority over all things cybersecurity, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it has entered into a proposed consent order with Uber for the...more

FTC Continues Series With Collection, Retention Safety Tips

For the Federal Trade Commission’s second blog post in its “Stick with Security” series, the agency discussed how to maintain a focus on security, regardless of the size of a business or the type of data it handles....more

A Year in Review: FTC Data Privacy Actions and its Impacts on 2017 and Beyond

Whether it means taking a prominent role shaping data security for the Internet of Things, or addressing high profile breaches, the FTC has adopted an active position in policing data privacy and security. And, as data...more

Uber Settles FTC Dispute Over Consumer Data Privacy and Security Allegations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

There are several key takeaways from a 20-year proposed consent order agreed to by Uber Technologies, Inc. (Uber) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)...more

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by BakerHostetler on

Back in February, VIZIO, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of “smart” televisions, reached a $2.2 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the New Jersey attorney general’s office. The company had...more

FTC Asked to Investigate Google’s Matching of “Bricks to Clicks”

Recently, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (“EPIC”) asked the FTC to begin an investigation into a Google program called “Store Sales Management.” The purpose of Store Sales Management is to allow for the matching...more

FTC Schools “Smart” Toys with Updated COPPA Compliance Guidance

by Hogan Lovells on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released an updated guidance document for complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). The revised guidance, released on June 21, 2017, explicitly identifies...more

And Now There are Three: Nevada Joins California and Delaware in Privacy Policy Requirements for Website Operators

by Sedgwick LLP on

The latest development with respect to privacy policies involves amendments to existing legislation governing state statutes governing the security of personal information for website operators and online service providers....more

FTC's New Guidance on COPPA is a Wake-Up Call to Review Your Privacy Policy

by Baker Donelson on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has updated its compliance plan for the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Introduced in 1998, COPPA establishes the guidelines under which personal information may be...more

FTC Chronicle: “Lessons Learned” from the Agency’s Data Breach Investigations

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – often criticized for not providing clear guidance as to what the agency considers reasonable data security – announced on Friday that it would publish a weekly blog discussing “lessons...more

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