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Recent FTC Privacy News

FTC denies LabMD’s appeal for a stay of agency’s final order

(Sep 30, 2016) The Federal Trade Commission has denied LabMD’s application for a stay of the agency’s final order, saying the company’s data security practices were “unreasonable and constitute an unfair act or practice that violates Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act,” DataBreaches.net reports. While explaining its denial, the FTC pointed to four factors, including “(1) ‘the likelihood of the applicant’s success on appeal’; (2) ‘whether the applicant will suffer irreparable harm if a stay is not gr... Read More

FTC commissioners testify to Senate committee

(Sep 28, 2016) All three commissioners from the Federal Trade Commission appeared Tuesday in front of the Senate Commerce Committee to testify on the work and needs of the agency. In combined written testimony, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and Commissioners Maureen Ohlhausen and Terrell McSweeny said the agency’s consumer protection enforcement actions have saved consumers $717 million in fiscal year 2015. The commissioners also called for changes to the FTC Act, including the addition of civil rulemaking auth... Read More

FTC commissioners call for more authority, federal breach law

(Sep 28, 2016) All three commissioners from the Federal Trade Commission appeared Tuesday in front of the Senate Commerce Committee to testify on the work and needs of the agency. In combined written testimony, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and Commissioners Maureen Ohlhausen and Terrell McSweeny said the agency’s consumer protection enforcement actions have saved consumers $717 million in the last year. The commissioners also called for changes to the FTC Act, including civil rulemaking authority, and express... Read More

Featured Cases

    ASUSTeK Computer Inc.

    (Jul 28, 2016) After a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order resolving the Commission’s complaint against ASUSTeK Computer Inc., charging that critical security flaws in its routers put the home networks of hundreds of thousands of consumers at risk. Read More

    Practice Fusion, Inc.

    (Jun 8, 2016) Practice Fusion, a cloud-based electronic health record company, has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges it misled consumers by soliciting reviews for their doctors, without disclosing adequately that these reviews would be publicly posted on the Internet resulting in the public disclosure of patients’ sensitive personal and medical information. Read More

    Very Incognito Technologies, Inc. (VipVape)

    (May 4, 2016) Hand-Held Vaporizer Company Settles FTC Charges It Deceived Consumers About Participation in International Privacy Program Case Is FTC’s First Related to Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Cross-Border Privacy Rules System FOR RELEASE May 4, 2016 A manufacturer of hand-held vaporizers has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers about its participation in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system. The FTC’s compl... Read More

    General Workings Inc. (Vulcun)

    (Feb 5, 2016) Tech Company Settles FTC Charges It Unfairly Installed Apps on Android Mobile Devices Without Users’ Permission FOR RELEASE February 5, 2016 Technology company Vulcun has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it unfairly replaced a popular web browser game with a program that installed applications on consumers’ mobile devices without their permission. In its complaint, the FTC alleges that Vulcun and its founders, Ali Moiz and Murtaza Hussein, purchased Running Fred, a Goog... Read More

    Henry Schein Practice Solutions, Inc.

    (Jan 5, 2016) The FTC’s complaint alleges that Schein marketed its Dentrix G5 software to dental practices around the country with deceptive claims that the software provided industry-standard encryption of sensitive patient information and, in doing so, ensured that practices using its software would protect patient data, as required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Read More

    Oracle Corp.

    (Dec 21, 2015) Oracle has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers about the security provided by updates to its Java Platform, Standard Edition software (Java SE), which is installed on more than 850 million personal computers. Under the terms of a proposed consent order, Oracle will be required to give consumers the ability to easily uninstall insecure, older versions of Java SE. Read More

    LAI Systems, LLC

    (Dec 17, 2015) Two app developers will pay a combined $360,000 in civil penalties as part of settlements with the Federal Trade Commission over charges they violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, Rule. The terms of the settlements with LAI Systems, LLC, and Retro Dreamer, require the defendants to pay civil penalties and comply with the requirements of COPPA in the future. Read More

    Retro Dreamer

    (Dec 17, 2015) Two app developers will pay a combined $360,000 in civil penalties as part of settlements with the Federal Trade Commission over charges they violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, Rule. The terms of the settlements with LAI Systems, LLC, and Retro Dreamer, require the defendants to pay civil penalties and comply with the requirements of COPPA in the future. Read More

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