The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced four companies have agreed to settle allegations of falsely claiming certification under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement. The agency alleged IDmission applied for Privacy Shield certification in 2017 with the Department of Commerce but never finished the required steps to become certified. The FTC also found SmartStart, VenPath and mResource all obtained Privacy Shield certification in 2016 but allowed the certification to lapse. Despite these circumstances, all four companies posted on their websites they comply with Privacy Shield. As a result of the settlements, the four companies will no longer be allowed to misrepresent participating in any government-sponsored privacy or data security program.
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