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Recent FTC Privacy News

FTC reiterates commitment to Privacy Shield following settlement cases

(Sep 11, 2017) After reaching settlements with three companies charged with misleading consumers about their participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement, the Federal Trade Commission reiterated its commitment to the framework. The FTC states most cases related to false participation normally involve companies never participating in the framework. The FTC alleges the three companies had started the Privacy Shield applications, did not complete the necessary steps, and still claimed to be participants.... Read More

FTC settles with companies misleading consumers about Privacy Shield participation

(Sep 8, 2017) The Federal Trade Commission announced three companies have agreed to settle charges related to misleading consumers about their participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement. The FTC alleges human resources software company Decusoft LLC, printing service company Tru Communication Inc., and real estate leasing company Md7 LLC violated the FTC Act by falsely claiming to receive certification of participation in Privacy Shield. The FTC complaints state all three companies failed to complet... Read More

Lenovo settles privacy charges with FTC, 32 state AGs

(Sep 5, 2017) The Federal Trade Commission has announced computer manufacturer Lenovo has agreed to settle charges it harmed consumers by pre-loading its devices with ad tech software that compromised users' privacy and security. In 2014, Lenovo started selling computers preinstalled with "man-in-the-middle" software designed to interact with users' browsers, including encrypted sites, which allowed, in some cases, sensitive information to be transmitted in a manner that was not secure. "Lenovo compromised co... Read More

Featured Cases

    TaxSlayer

    (Aug 29, 2017)   Operator of Online Tax Preparation Service Agrees to Settle FTC Charges That it Violated Financial Privacy and Security Rules FOR RELEASE August 29, 2017 The operator of a Georgia-based online tax preparation service has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that it violated federal rules on financial privacy and security. In its complaint against TaxSlayer, LLC, the FTC alleged that malicious hackers were able to gain full access to nearly 9,000 TaxSlayer accounts be... Read More

    D-Link Corp.

    (Jul 14, 2017) FTC Charges D-Link Put Consumers' Privacy at Risk Due to the Inadequate Security of Its Computer Routers and Cameras Device-maker's alleged failures to reasonably secure software created malware risks and other vulnerabilities FOR RELEASE January 5, 2017 The Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint against Taiwan-based computer networking equipment manufacturer D-Link Corporation and its U.S. subsidiary, alleging that inadequate security measures taken by the company left its wireless rout... Read More

    Blue Global, LLC, and Christopher Kay

    (Jul 6, 2017) FTC Halts Operation the Unlawfully Shared and Sold Consumers' Sensitive Data - Lead generation firm earned millions by falsely promising to match consumers with low-rate loans July 5, 2017 The operators of a lead generation business have agreed to settle charges brought by the Federal Trade Commission that the company misled consumers into filling out loan applications and sold those applications – including consumers’ sensitive data – to virtually anyone willing to pay for the leads. In its ... Read More

    SpyChatter, Inc.

    (Mar 6, 2017) Three Companies Settle FTC Charges that They Deceived Consumers About Participation in International Privacy Program February 22, 2017 Three U.S. companies have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceived consumers about their participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system. In separate but similar complaints, the FTC charged that Sentinel Labs, Inc., which provides endpoint protection software to enterprise custo... Read More

    Vir2us, Inc.

    (Mar 6, 2017) Three Companies Settle FTC Charges that They Deceived Consumers About Participation in International Privacy Program February 22, 2017 Three U.S. companies have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceived consumers about their participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system. In separate but similar complaints, the FTC charged that Sentinel Labs, Inc., which provides endpoint protection software to enterprise custo... Read More

    Sentinel Labs, Inc.

    (Mar 6, 2017) Three Companies Settle FTC Charges that They Deceived Consumers About Participation in International Privacy Program February 22, 2017 Three U.S. companies have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceived consumers about their participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system. In separate but similar complaints, the FTC charged that Sentinel Labs, Inc., which provides endpoint protection software to enterprise custo... Read More

    VIZIO, Inc. and VIZIO Inscape Services, LLC.

    (Feb 6, 2017) Facts Complaint Order Analysis VIZIO, Inc. and VIZIO Inscape Services, LLC IAPP Westin Research Center Analysis by Cobun Keegan (last updated March 15, 2017)   On February 6th, 2017, the U.S. District Court in New Jersey approved a settlement in a case brought against VIZIO and VIZIO Inscape Services by the Federal Trade Commission pursuant to its Section 13(b) authority in conjunction with the New Jersey Attorney General and the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. The companies ... Read More

    InMobi Pte, Ltd.

    (Dec 22, 2016) Mobile Advertising Network InMobi Settles FTC Charges It Tracked Hundreds of Millions of Consumers' Locations Without Permission Company Will Pay $950,000 For Tracking Children Without Parental Consent FOR RELEASE June 22, 2016 Singapore-based mobile advertising company InMobi will pay $950,000 in civil penalties and implement a comprehensive privacy program to settle Federal Trade Commission charges it deceptively tracked the locations of hundreds of millions of consumers – including childr... Read More

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