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United States Privacy Digest | FTC updates on 'dark patterns,' Safeguards Rule, potential privacy rulemaking Related reading: FTC Chair Lina Khan opens up on tech enforcement

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  • The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced it will ramp up its enforcement work on so-called "dark patterns" being used on consumers in the subscription market. The commission said the heightened attention comes after a "rising number of complaints about the financial harms caused by deceptive sign up tactics." The FTC also recommended potential violators focus on areas of transparency, user consent and conspicuous cancellation mechanisms.
  • The FTC also announced it updated the Safeguards Rule to better protect against personal data breaches and cyberattacks that lead to identity theft and other financial losses.
  • Forty-five advocacy groups from across sectors joined on a letter to FTC Chair Lina Khan urging her and the agency to take up a privacy rulemaking, The Free Press reports. The groups asked for a rulemaking that covers "entire life cycle of data—collection, use, management, retention, and deletion" and one that ensures consumers "significant protection from discrimination and related data harms."
  • The Wall Street Journal reports the FTC is reviewing Facebook's disclosures regarding harmful algorithms associated with its products and whether those issues violate the company's $5 billion settlement with the FTC from 2019.
  • New York Magazine published a wide-ranging interview with FTC Chair Lina Khan regarding the future of Big Tech enforcement.
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