Tag Archives: Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

FTC Proposes Settlement with Two Companies Over False Safe-Harbor Claims

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On April 7, 2015, two U.S. companies agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) allegations that they falsely claimed to be in compliance with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework and the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework. In the concurrently filed complaints against TES Franchising, LLC (“TES”), a franchisee coaching business, and American International Mailing, a mail delivery company, the FTC accused the companies of violating Section 5 of the FTC Act by indicating on their websites that they were currently certified under the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework and the U.S.-Swiss Safe [...] Read more

FTC Settles with TRUSTe Inc. Over Deception Claims

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and TRUSTe Inc. entered into a settlement agreement Monday over the FTC’s allegations that the internet privacy certifier deceived consumers about its privacy seal recertification program and allowed its customers to falsely advertise it as a nonprofit entity. Under the settlement, TRUSTe will pay a $200,000 fine and stop making certain claims.TRUSTe provides seals to businesses that meet requirements for consumer privacy programs that it administers. TRUSTe seals represent to consumers that businesses’ privacy practices are in compliance with specific privacy [...] Read more

Defendants to Pay FTC $9.3 Million to Settle Suit Over Alleged Text Messaging Scam

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Three groups of defendants have agreed to pay the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) $9.3 million to settle claims that they operated a scam to send unsolicited and deceptive text messages to millions of consumers. The settlement is the result of a major campaign by the FTC targeting senders of unsolicited commercial messages using the promise of free gifts or products to get consumers to reveal “personal information for sale to marketers, their mobile numbers to cram unwanted charges on their bill, and to drive them to paid subscriptions for which the senders receive affiliate referral fees.” [...] Read more

FTC Announces Final Agenda for September Big Data Workshop

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The Federal Trade Commission has released a final program for its September workshop, “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?” During the workshop, speakers with a wide range of experience and expertise in the privacy field will present on the various issues and opportunities that arise from the relationship between big data and consumers. The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. and run throughout the day on September 15, 2014 at the Constitution Center, located at 400 7th St SW, Washington, DC 20024. The agenda is as follows: 9:00 a.m. ET: Opening remarks 9:15 a.m. ET: Presentation: [...] Read more

FTC Issues Study on Mobile Shopping Apps Reviewing Pre-download Disclosures

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On August 1, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued a study called “What’s the Deal? An FTC Study on Mobile Shopping Apps,” with recommendations concerning pre-download disclosures. FTC staff surveyed and reviewed 121 mobile shopping apps that fell into three categories: price comparison apps, deal apps, and in-store purchase apps. FTC staff focused their analysis on (1) the in-store purchase apps’ pre-download disclosures concerning payment disputes, and (2) all of the surveyed apps’ pre-download disclosures concerning how the apps collect and [...] Read more

Agenda Released for FTC’s September Big Data Workshop

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The Federal Trade Commission recently released an initial program for the agency’s latest data privacy workshop, “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?” The workshop will consist of four panel discussions and is scheduled to take place at 8 a.m. on September 15, 2014 at the Constitution Center, located at 400 7th St SW, Washington, DC 20024. Each panel in this workshop will focus on the various issues and opportunities that arise from the relationship between big data and consumers. Panel topics will include: “Assessing the Current Environment” – [...] Read more

FTC approves iKeepSafe COPPA Safe Harbor Oversight Program

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The Federal Trade Commission today announced its approval of the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (“iKeepSafe”) Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) safe harbor oversight program. iKeepSafe’s program is the seventh COPPA safe harbor program approved by the FTC. In its letter to iKeepSafe approving the program, the FTC stated that iKeepSafe’s program met the FTC guidelines by including “(1) a requirement that participants in the safe harbor program implement substantially similar requirements that provide the same or greater protections [...] Read more

FTC Updates Guidelines for Obtaining Parental Consent Applicable to Website Operators and Developers of Children’s Apps

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On July 16, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued revised guidance regarding compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). COPPA and the rules promulgated thereunder regulate the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information from children under age 13 by operators of commercial websites and online services, including mobile apps. The recent changes to the FTC’s Complying with COPPA: Frequently Asked Questions document clarify parental consent requirements with respect to such websites and services. [...] Read more

ComScore Reaches $14 Million Settlement in Electronic Privacy Class Action

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On May 30, 2014, comScore Inc. announced that it has reached a $14 million settlement in the largest class ever certified in an Internet privacy lawsuit, composed of users who claim that comScore installed analytics software on their computers and sold their personal data to media outlets without their knowledge or consent. ComScore, a publicly-traded company, faced upwards of $1 billion in liability under various federal statutes aimed at protecting consumer privacy. This made it one of the largest (if not the largest) privacy class action certified in the country. Background on ComScore Lawsuit [...] Read more

FCC Chairman Outlines Industry-Led “New Regulatory Paradigm” for Cybersecurity Leveraging NIST Framework

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler made remarks on Thursday, June 12 at the American Enterprise Institute where he explained the FCC’s vision of how it will improve the communications sector’s cyber readiness. He announced a “new regulatory paradigm” where the FCC “relies on industry and the market first while preserving other options if that approach is unsuccessful.” Wheeler recognized that industry-led action on cybersecurity can be “more dynamic than traditional regulation” but at the same time all stakeholders’ efforts must be “real and meaningful” [...] Read more