Tag Archives: Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

Remember to consent in the time of COVID-19

In a world where we have been ordered to stay home and shelter in place to combat the spread of COVID-10 our children are now learning remotely. While it is fortunate that technology allows students to continue the school year at home, remote learning presents an obstacle where children’s privacy is concerned. In the United … Continue Reading

FTC’s FinTech Forum continues focus on emerging technologies including AI and Blockchain Technologies

The Federal Trade Commission continues its efforts to be the leading federal regulator in the areas of privacy and data security.  Its latest FinTech Forum highlights emerging issues relating to blockchain, machine learning, and related tools that increasingly influence how sensitive information about consumers is collected, used, shared and secured.  These programs help inform the … Continue Reading

Vizio Settlement with FTC May Signal Future Direction of Agency Enforcement

The Federal Trade Commission’s recent settlement with VIZIO, Inc., may have created a new definition of “sensitive information” that includes viewing data, but the opinion of Acting Chairperson Maureen Ohlhausen may provide further insight on how the agency will act under the new administration. On February 6, the FTC settled charges with VIZIO, one of the … Continue Reading

FTC’s New Guidelines Provide Agency View on Data Breach Response

On October 25, the Federal Trade Commission released “Data Breach Response: A Guide for Business,” its latest guidance on data privacy and security regulation. The Guide seeks to help businesses comprehend the Agency’s understanding of both legal requirements and best practices, although what is legally required versus what is encouraged continues to be challenging for … Continue Reading

FTC Releases Statement about Approval of FTC’s Consent Decree with Google

This post was also written by Frederick H. Lah. Last week, the U.S. District Court approved the $22.5 million civil penalty against Google for violating a consent order. Yesterday, FTC Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection David Vladeck released a statement about the Court’s approval, calling the consent order “a clear victory for consumers and … Continue Reading

FTC Announces $50,000 Prize for Technical Solution Enabling Consumers To Block Robocalls

This post was also written by Amy S. Mushahwar. In last week’s all-day Robocall Summit at the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), representatives of the FTC and the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), and the Indiana Attorney General, repeatedly referenced their frustration in the face of a constantly multiplying number of consumer complaints regarding unwanted robocalls and their inability, … Continue Reading

FTC’s Final Order with MySpace Focuses on Privacy by Design and Protection of Unique Device Identifiers

This post was also written by Amy S. Mushahwar. On Tuesday, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) finalized its Consent Order with MySpace, settling allegations that MySpace misrepresented its data use and sharing practices, and its compliance with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework in its privacy policy. In a 4-0-1 decision, with Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen not participating, … Continue Reading

US wades into debate on revision to EU Data Protection Directive

This post was also written by Nick Tyler.  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has waded into the political debate with an Informal Note on the draft EU Data Protection Regulation as reported by Statewatch. In addition, Digital Civil Rights in Europe has reported that the U.S. Department of Commerce engaged in significant lobbying of the European … Continue Reading
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