Tag Archives: FTC

FTC Brings Its First Enforcement Action for ‘Internet of Things’

This post was also written by Frederick Lah. Earlier this year, we wrote about the FTC’s plan to hold a November 2013 public workshop over concerns with the “Internet of Things,” the dramatically growing capacity of smart devices to communicate information through the Internet. In advance of the workshop, the FTC has entered into a consent … Continue Reading

Commissioner Brill Suggests ‘Reclaim Your Name’ Initiative for Consumer Control Over Big Data: FTC Signals Intent To Continue Debate Over Safeguards for Predictive Analytics

While the national conversation on data collection in the United States has been dominated recently by issues of national security, the FTC remains determined to push consumer privacy. In her keynote address at the recent Computers Freedom and Privacy Conference, Commissioner Julie Brill reaffirmed the Commission’s commitment to address so-called data brokers in a systematic … Continue Reading

Consumer Privacy Groups Submit Comments in Advance of FTC’s ‘Internet of Things’ Workshop

Refrigerators automatically doing grocery shopping for you on your drive home from work and cell phone attachments measuring glucose levels don’t necessarily seem like bad things. But with the explosion of cutting-edge smart devices and applications comes the mounting data privacy concerns of the so-called “Internet of Things.” The “Internet of Things” refers to the … Continue Reading

New FAQs Issued by the FTC for COPPA Compliance

This post was also written by Caroline Klocko. Earlier this week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued Frequently Asked Questions for complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The FAQs are intended as a supplement to the already issued compliance materials. As we previously reported, the revised COPPA Rule is set to go into … Continue Reading

Commissioner Brill to States: Data Brokers Aren’t Going to Regulate Themselves

Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill, in a speech Monday at the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Presidential Initiative Summit, urged the states to take a more active role in investigating and holding accountable data brokers for violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The FCRA regulates the use of credit report information for … Continue Reading

FTC Speaks About Its Mobile Privacy Disclosures Guidance

This post was also written by Frederick Lah. On February 1, the FTC released its Mobile Privacy Disclosures Guidance (the Guidance) setting forth best practice recommendations for platforms, app developers, third parties such as ad networks and analytics companies, and app trade associations. We previously wrote about the Guidance when it was issued. On February 15, Assistant … Continue Reading

Deadline for Comments on Fred Meyer Guides Extended by FTC

This post was written by Keri S. Bruce. The deadline to provide comments to aid the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in its review of the Fred Meyer Guides (Guides) was reopened and extended until March 4, 2013. The Guides clarify the Robinson-Patman Act (Act) by explaining how manufacturers and wholesalers can provide advertising allowances and … Continue Reading

FTC Tries The Carrot and The Stick: Releases Guidance on Mobile Privacy Best Practices; Enters Into $800K Consent Order with Path

Today, the Federal Trade Commission released detailed guidance on privacy in the mobile environment – at the same time it announced its largest-ever settlement with an app developer for alleged privacy violations. Combined with aggressive action on mobile privacy issues by the California attorney general’s office, Mobile Privacy Disclosures provides every company associated with a … Continue Reading

Right on Time: FTC Announces COPPA Update

This post was also written by Frederick Lah. Earlier today, FTC Chairman Leibowitz announced the agency’s update to the COPPA rule at a press conference alongside Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), and Congressmen Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Tex.). The changes to COPPA were two years in the making and were the result of … Continue Reading

More News on COPPA…

This post was also written by Frederick Lah. One day after the FTC issued its second report on privacy concerns with mobile apps for kids, “Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade“, a consumer privacy group filed a complaint with the FTC against a mobile game-maker for alleged violations of COPPA.  The complaint, … Continue Reading

Reed Smith Gearing Up For ‘Big Data Monetization’ Conference

Next week, Reed Smith will host a conference on “Big Data Monetization” at the Quadrus Conference Center in Silicon Valley (8:30-11:30 a.m. PDT). As we gear up, we wanted to share some of our thoughts on this notion of Big Data and give you a preview of the types of issues we’ll be tackling at … Continue Reading

FTC Does Not Issue a Final COPPA Rule; Instead, Seeks Comment on Modifications to Rule Definitions

This post was also written by Amy S. Mushahwar. This morning the FTC released a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking on the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule. This is not a final rule. The notice suggests further modifications to proposed definitions released in the September 2011 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the COPPA … Continue Reading

FCC Approves Order to Tighten Regulatory Treatment of Robocalls Under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act

This post was written by Amy S. Mushahwar. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) acted today to tighten its rules under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and conform them, to the extent possible, with the more stringent rules already in place at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) under the Telephone Sales Rule (TSR). This change will … Continue Reading

FTC’s Consent Order with ScanScout: The Latest Progression with ‘Flash Cookies’ and Privacy

This post was also written by Christopher G. Cwalina, Steven B. Roosa and Frederick Lah. Online advertising network ScanScout, Inc. has agreed to settle the FTC’s charges that it deceptively represented that users could opt out of receiving targeted ads by changing their Web browser settings to block and delete cookies. The consent decree stems from the … Continue Reading

FTC Seeks Public Comment For Revising the “Dot Com Disclosures”

Careful Consideration is Advised, as FTC’s Guidance May Inform Federal and/or State Enforcement Actions Comments Deadline: July 11, 2011 This post was written by Christopher G. Cwalina, Amy S. Mushahwar, and Frederick Lah. The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) seeks public comment, as it considers updating and reissuing “Dot Com Disclosures: Information about Online Advertising”, its … Continue Reading

Commissioner Brill Introduces Competition Analysis to Privacy Debate

This post was also written by Chris Cwalina. In her new article, “The Intersection of Consumer Protection and Competition in the New World of Privacy,” Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill cautions that the pursuit of privacy may conflict with the pursuit of a competitive market. Commissioner Brill’s article, published in the Spring Edition of Competition … Continue Reading

Reed Smith Attorney Talks McCain-Kerry Bill

Reed Smith Attorney Amy Mushahwar was recently interviewed by IT Business Edge on the McCain-Kerry Bill. According to Amy, “if enacted, the bill would expand the Federal Trade Commission’s jurisdiction to include telecommunications companies for privacy matters. Typically, telecom companies would not be within the FTC’s jurisdiction.”… Continue Reading

FTC and Google – Proposed Settlement Over “Buzz”

This post was written by Christopher G. Cwalina, Amy S. Mushahwar, and Frederick Lah. Google, Inc. agreed to a proposed consent order over charges that it used deceptive tactics and violated its privacy promises to consumers when it launched its social network, Google Buzz. The Agency alleged in its Complaint that Google’s information practices violated Section … Continue Reading

FTC Brings Enforcement Action against Text Messaging Spammer

This post was written by Kevin Xu and John Hines. On February 22, 2011, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) filed a complaint against Phillip A. Flora (“Flora”) for an operation that allegedly blasted consumers with millions of illegal spam text messages, including many messages that deceptively advertised a mortgage modification website called “Loanmod-gov.net.” The FTC … Continue Reading

Department of Commerce Privacy Green Paper — Detailed Digest

This post was written by Amy Mushahwar. As promised in our teleseminar last week, we have digested the Department of Commerce Privacy green paper, entitled, “Commercial Data Privacy and Innovation in the Internet Economy: A Dynamic Policy Framework”. The green paper will kick start an ongoing discussion of privacy and we encourage organizations to undertake … Continue Reading