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FTC’s Chopra: US regulators must not fail us again

(Oct 18, 2018) Six months into his new role as commissioner at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Rohit Chopra is still settling into his role, but he knows he has at least two priorities going forward: First, is to bring “more enforcement teeth to everything that we do.” Second, though, follows on from the first: “We have to prove to the public that we’re up to the task. Otherwise that’s a recipe for disaster.” Chopra, who spoke as part of a live recording of The Privacy Advisor Podcast here at the Privacy. ... Read More

Senate asks privacy advocates what a federal bill should look like

(Oct 11, 2018) At a Senate commerce committee hearing Oct. 10, the government questioned U.S. privacy advocates and an EU-based privacy regulator on what kind of bones a federal privacy bill in the U.S. should be built. That is, if one were to be built.  In a rather brief, two-hour hearing, the committee questioned Andrea Jelinek, chair of the European Data Protection Board; Alastair Mactaggart, board chair of Californians for Consumer Privacy; Laura Moy, executive director at Georgetown Law's Center on Priv... Read More

Senate committee asks privacy advocates what a federal bill should look like

(Oct 11, 2018) At a Senate commerce committee hearing Wednesday, the government questioned U.S. privacy advocates and a EU-based privacy regulator on what kind of bones a federal privacy bill in the U.S. should be built. That is, if one were to be built. There seemed to be broad agreement that a federal privacy bill is not only due, but late, particularly in light of the General Data Protection Regulation. "We have tried self-regulation," said the CDT's Nuala O'Connor, CIPP/G, CIPP/US, in her testimony. "It's ... Read More

Featured Cases

    mResource LLC (Loop Works LLC), In the Matter of

    (Sep 27, 2018) FTC Reaches Settlements with Four Companies That Falsely Claimed Participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Four companies have agreed to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission that they falsely claimed certification under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework and that two of these companies failed to abide by a key provision of the framework. In separate complaints, the FTC alleges that IDmission, LLC, mResource LLC (doing business as Loop Works, LLC), SmartStart Employment ... Read More

    IDmission LLC, In the Matter of

    (Sep 27, 2018) FTC Reaches Settlements with Four Companies That Falsely Claimed Participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Four companies have agreed to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission that they falsely claimed certification under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework and that two of these companies failed to abide by a key provision of the framework. In separate complaints, the FTC alleges that IDmission, LLC, mResource LLC (doing business as Loop Works, LLC), SmartStart Employment ... Read More

    SmartSmart Employment Screening, Inc., In the Matter of

    (Sep 27, 2018) FTC Reaches Settlements with Four Companies That Falsely Claimed Participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Four companies have agreed to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission that they falsely claimed certification under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework and that two of these companies failed to abide by a key provision of the framework. In separate complaints, the FTC alleges that IDmission, LLC, mResource LLC (doing business as Loop Works, LLC), SmartStart Employment ... Read More

    VenPath, Inc., In the Matter of

    (Sep 27, 2018) FTC Reaches Settlements with Four Companies That Falsely Claimed Participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Four companies have agreed to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission that they falsely claimed certification under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework and that two of these companies failed to abide by a key provision of the framework. In separate complaints, the FTC alleges that IDmission, LLC, mResource LLC (doing business as Loop Works, LLC), SmartStart Employment ... Read More

    BLU Products and Samuel Ohev-Zion, In the Matter of

    (Apr 30, 2018) Mobile Phone Maker BLU Reaches Settlement with FTC over Deceptive Privacy and Data Security Claims Agency alleges BLU misled consumers and put their personal data at risk FOR RELEASE April 30, 2018 Mobile phone manufacturer BLU Products, Inc. and its co-owner have reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over allegations that the company allowed a China-based third-party service provider to collect detailed personal information about consumers, such as text message cont... Read More

    PayPal, Inc., In the Matter of

    (Feb 27, 2018) PayPal Settles FTC Charges that Venmo Failed to Disclose Information to Consumers About the Ability to Transfer Funds and Privacy Settings; Violated Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with PayPal, Inc. over allegations that the company told users of its Venmo peer-to-peer payment service that money credited to their Venmo balances could be transferred to external bank accounts without adequately disclosing that the transactions were still subject to rev... Read More

    Prime Sites, Inc. (Explore Talent)

    (Feb 5, 2018) Online Talent Search Company Settles FTC Allegations it Collected Children's without Consent and Misled Consumers A web-based talent search company has agreed to pay $235,000 in civil penalties to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it failed to obtain parental consent before collecting personal information from children, and that it misled consumers about the benefits of its premium paid services. The FTC’s complaint against Nevada-based Prime Sites, Inc. alleges that the company – ... Read More

    VTech Electronics Limited

    (Jan 9, 2018)   Electronic Toy Maker VTech Settles FTC Allegations That it Violated Children’s Privacy Law and the FTC Act Settlement marks the agency’s first children’s privacy and security case involving connected toys FOR RELEASE January 8, 2018 Note: A conference call for media with Tom Pahl, Acting Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, will occur as follows: Date: January 8, 2018Time: 1 p.m. ETCall-in info: (800) 230-1093; Confirmation Number: 442576Call-in lines, which a... Read More

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