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FTC Issues Proposed Consent Order to Online Payment Processing Company Over Allegations of Privacy and Security Violations

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The FTC recently reached a settlement with a worldwide online payment processing company regarding the actions of its subsidiary, a peer-to-peer payment and social networking application and website, over alleged violations...more

Web Hosting Services: Are They Secure?

by Morgan Lewis on

A recent report issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) found that some web hosting services marketing their services to small businesses are not providing email authentication and anti-phishing technologies as part of...more

Hogan Lovells Represents Sears in Achieving First-Ever Modification to FTC Privacy Consent Order

by Hogan Lovells on

The FTC has approved the first-ever petition to reopen and modify a privacy-related consent order. The petition, filed by Sears Holdings Management Corporation, sought to amend the terms of Sears’ 2009 consent order (the...more

FTC Explains Evolution of COPPA in Live Twitter Chat

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On March 6, 2018, the FTC hosted a live Twitter chat to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)....more

Federal Trade Commission Publishes Report Regarding Mobile Security Updates

by King & Spalding on

In May 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued Orders to File Special Reports under section 6(b) of the Federal Trade Commission Act to the major mobile device manufacturers in an effort to address concerns that...more

FTC and FCC to hold robocall forum

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) have announced they will host a joint policy forum (“Forum”) in Washington, D.C. on March 23 titled, “Fighting the Scourge of Illegal...more

Road to Brexit: Theresa May sets out “Five Tests” with which to judge eventual deal

The Prime Minister has given the clearest indication yet of what the UK will seek in the Brexit negotiations. Access to each side’s markets is going to be less than it is today. ...more

Increased FTC Enforcement Highlights Need for Cyber-Regulatory Coverage

Regulatory components to cyber insurance policies are becoming increasingly valuable as data-breach enforcement continues to surge. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission), the nation’s primary privacy and data...more

WARNING: The Federal Trade Commission Will Prosecute Companies Over Consumer Data Breaches - Its Recommendations Should Be Heeded

by Newmeyer & Dillion LLP on

There is no comprehensive federal statutory scheme governing breaches of consumers’ private data. However, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has a history of trying to protect consumers’ private data based on its general...more

FTC Releases “Best Practices” to Improve Mobile Device Security

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On February 28th, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released a report that offers several recommendations on ways to improve the security of mobile devices. ...more

In Order, FTC Recognizes Lower Notice Requirements for “Consumer-Expected” Data Collection

by Alston & Bird on

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission granted a petition by Sears Holding Management seeking modification of a 2009 Commission Order. The notable 2009 Order settled allegations that Sears had improperly failed to provide...more

ICYMI in Cybersecurity and Data Breach

U.S. Cyber Chief Says Trump Hasn’t Told Him to Confront Russian Cyber ThreatCNN reports this week, “U.S. Cyber Command chief Adm. Mike Rogers told lawmakers on Tuesday that he has not been granted the authority by President...more

Recap of the 2018 FTC Privacy Con

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On February 28, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted its third Privacy Con conference in Washington D.C., an event that highlights research and facilitates discussion of the latest research and trends related to...more

FTC Announces Settlement on Privacy Protection Violations

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The FTC recently reached a settlement with an online talent search company regarding alleged violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which is aimed at protecting the safety and privacy of children...more

COPPA, FTC Act Violations for Talent Agency

A talent agency was the target of the 30th Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) action by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) based on allegations it failed to obtain parental consent before collecting personal...more

EU Retail News - February 2018

by Bryan Cave on

Do You Need to Appoint a Data Protection Officer in Your Organisation? Under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), any company that monitors individuals on a "large scale" or has "large scale" collections of...more

FTC Staff Issues Comments Discussing Key Security and Privacy Issues Surrounding Connected and Automated Vehicles

by Orrick - Trust Anchor on

Given the explosive growth in the connectivity of every day “things,” several government agencies are focused on how best to support innovation and the benefits of an increasingly connected, data driven society, while...more

Canadian Competition Policy Focuses in on “Big Data”

The application of competition law and policy to “big data” has become a major focus for government agencies in Canada and around the world. In recent weeks, both the Competition Bureau and the Bank of Canada have weighed in....more

FTC Settles with Online Talent Search Site over COPPA Violations

by Morgan Lewis on

Earlier this week, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settled a complaint against the operator of an online talent search company, asserting that the talent search company’s collection and disclosure of children’s personal...more

Looking Back: The Federal Trade Commission Issues Annual Data Privacy Report for 2017

by BakerHostetler on

On Jan. 18, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published its Annual Privacy and Data Security Update. The update is helpful to businesses in that it recaps the efforts and areas of involvement the FTC has targeted in...more

Net Neutrality Order Deep - Dive: Open Internet Rules Repealed, Transparency Requirements Remain, FTC Role over Broadband Privacy...

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

In this Client Alert, we provide a deep dive on the FCC’s recent Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order, and Order, that largely repeals the so-called “Open Internet” regulatory framework implemented by the prior FCC Chairman...more

FTC Releases Annual Report on Privacy and Data Security

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently released its annual report on privacy and data security.  The report covers the FTC’s efforts from January 2017 to December 2017, and describes the enforcement actions,...more

FTC Carves New Path for Collecting Voice Recordings from Children Without Parental Consent

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has provided new guidance on how it will enforce the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) against companies collecting voice recordings from children, loosening the rules on how...more

Privacy Tip #124 – FTC Alerts Consumers to Social Security Administration Scammers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a scam alert this week notifying consumers that it has received an up-tick in complaints that scammers are calling consumers claiming they are from the Social Security Administration....more

FTC Holds Workshop on Informational Injury

On December 12, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a workshop to examine consumer injury in the context of privacy and data security. The motivation for the workshop, according to Acting FTC Chairman Maureen...more

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