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Recent FTC Privacy News

FTC Chair Simons voices support for federal US privacy law

(Dec 14, 2018) U.S. Federal Trade Commission Chair Joseph Simons said he is in favor of a federal privacy law but offered warnings about its potential consequences, AdExchanger reports. Speaking in front of a Judiciary Subcommittee, Simons said a federal privacy law “could have an adverse impact on competition, potentially by entrenching the major digital platforms.” The FTC chair said the U.S. should take the EU General Data Protection Regulation as “an opportunity to look at it as if it’s a natural experimen... Read More

House Oversight reports reveal bipartisan divide over Equifax breach

(Dec 11, 2018) Republicans and Democrats on the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released conflicting reports on the Equifax data breach, The Washington Post reports. The Republican report outlined the security measures at the center of the breach and called for a study of the Federal Trade Commission’s current regulatory powers and government cooperation with the private sector rather than mandates. Democrats seek new laws to raise financial penalties for data breaches and more powers for ... Read More

FTC seeks comment on identity theft rules

(Dec 5, 2018) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced it is seeking comment on whether it should alter the Red Flags Rule and Card Issuers Rule. The two rules require financial institutions and creditors to take steps to detect instances of identity theft. The FTC listed out the topics it wants to be covered in the comments, such as the benefits the rules give to consumers, whether there is a continuing need for specific provisions within the rules, what costs the rules have imposed on consumers and busin... Read More

Featured Cases

    ReadyTech, In the Matter of

    (Oct 25, 2018) The Federal Trade Commission has given final approval to a settlement with ReadyTech Corp., over allegations that it falsely claimed it was in the process of certifying its compliance under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework. Read More

    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

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