On July 14, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had issued warning letters to 28 companies regarding their claim of participation in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Cross Border Privacy Rule (APEC CBPR) system. The APEC CBPR system is a voluntary, enforceable mechanism that certifies a company’s compliance with the principles in the APEC CBPR and facilitates privacy-respecting transfers of data among APEC member economies.
The FTC recently approved its final order prohibiting Vipvape, a manufacturer of hand-held vaporizers, from misrepresenting Vipvape is a member of, adheres to, complies with, is certified by, is endorsed by, or otherwise participates in any privacy or security program sponsored by a government or any self-regulatory or standard-setting organization, including APEC CBPR. In the announcement of the final order regarding the settlement with Vipvape, the FTC reported the FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez’s commitment to vigorously enforcing cross boarder privacy commitment.
Read more about the Vipvape final order.