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All three commissioners from the Federal Trade Commission appeared Tuesday in front of the Senate Commerce Committee to testify on the work and needs of the agency. In combined written testimony, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and Commissioners Maureen Ohlhausen and Terrell McSweeny said the agency’s consumer protection enforcement actions have saved consumers $717 million in the last year. The commissioners also called for changes to the FTC Act, including civil rulemaking authority, and express... Read more
ILITA, the Israeli Law Information and Technology Authority, issued on August 23 a draft guidance on the application of the direct mailing provisions under the Protection of Privacy Act. ILITA is a justice department authority and includes the Databases Registrar – the Israeli privacy commissioner. ILITA's guidelines reflect their interpretation of the PPA, but they are not obligatory. The direct mailing provisions under the PPA are mainly aimed at regulating data brokers and transmission of me... Read more
Previous articles in this four-part series (see part one, two and three) have discussed the epidemic of ransomware, how it works, and the thorny question of whether to pay. What often catches organizations by surprise is not only the ease with which ransomware can bring operations to a halt, but the difficulty of paying the ransom if you determine that that is your best option. The currency of choice for cyber extortionists is Bitcoin, a digital, completely virtual form of money that can fluctua... Read more
Circular A-130, the government’s policy guidance on managing federal information resources, is undergoing a major re-haul. It’s a big deal, high-ranking government privacy officials agree, both for the government and the citizens it governs, and also for privacy professionals themselves. The revision of A-130, as well as the establishment of a Federal Privacy Council, mandated in a 2015 executive order by President Barack Obama, puts the government’s prioritization of privacy on a stage it hasn... Read more
For some privacy pros, adhering to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act can be as tricky as getting its name out in one breath. At first blush, it could be hard to see why. A cursory glance of the law makes it appear straightforward: don’t spam people with automated marketing calls. Respect their privacy. End of story. Not so much, some say. “The TCPA has been a huge problem that we’ve had to deal with,” said Capital One Senior Director Ryan Barker, CIPM, CIPP/C, CIPP/US, FIP. “Last year – ... Read more
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