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Recent FTC Privacy News

Simons appoints four to FTC's senior leadership team

(May 17, 2018) Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons appointed four new members to the agency’s senior leadership team. The director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection will be Andrew Smith, with D. Bruce Hoffman to serve as the director of the Bureau of Competition, Bruce Kobayashi to be the director of the agency’s Bureau of Economics, and Alden Abbott to become the general counsel. Hoffman, Kobayashi and Abbott were approved unanimously, while Smith was confirmed with a 3-2 vote. “I am deli... Read More

Andrew Smith nominated to lead FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection

(May 14, 2018) Covington & Burling Partner Andrew Smith is expected to be appointed to lead the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, The New York Times reports. FTC Chairman Joseph Simons has put Smith’s nomination up for a vote and, if approved, would require Smith to recuse himself from investigating Facebook, Equifax and Uber because Smith has represented the companies previous to his nomination. Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., criticized Smith’s no... Read More

Restocked FTC faces challenges

(May 7, 2018) The Washington Post reports on the challenges the recently restocked Federal Trade Commission faces in regulating major tech companies. The FTC will work to handle ever-expanding tech companies such as Amazon and Google, and the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica revelations, but will do so despite a limited budget. The agency’s budget stands at $306 million, and its staff of 1,140 is 300 fewer than it was decades earlier. The FTC struggles to field competitive salaries for technologists and finds its... Read More

Featured Cases

    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

    SQ Capital, LLC

    (Oct 17, 2017)   FTC Obtains Court Order Against Scheme that Sold Fake Payday Loan Debt Portfolios Debt collectors used them to collect on debts people did not owe FOR RELEASE October 17, 2017 The Federal Trade Commission has obtained a $4.1 million judgment and a ban on handling certain sensitive financial information about consumer debts against an operation that sold lists of fake payday loan debts to debt collectors. A federal court issued a default judgment granting what the FTC sought in a com... Read More

    Tru Communication Inc., d/b/a TCPrinting.net

    (Sep 8, 2017)   Three Companies Agree to Settle FTC Charges They Falsely Claimed Participation in EU-US Privacy Shield Framework  FOR RELEASE September 8, 2017 Three U.S. companies have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they misled consumers about their participation in the European Union-United States Privacy Shield framework, which allows companies to transfer consumer data from EU member states to the United States in compliance with EU law. In separate complaints, the FTC al... Read More

    Decusoft, LLC

    (Sep 8, 2017)   Three Companies Agree to Settle FTC Charges They Falsely Claimed Participation in EU-US Privacy Shield Framework  FOR RELEASE September 8, 2017 Three U.S. companies have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they misled consumers about their participation in the European Union-United States Privacy Shield framework, which allows companies to transfer consumer data from EU member states to the United States in compliance with EU law. In separate complaints, the FTC al... Read More

    Md7, LLC

    (Sep 8, 2017)   Three Companies Agree to Settle FTC Charges They Falsely Claimed Participation in EU-US Privacy Shield Framework  FOR RELEASE September 8, 2017 Three U.S. companies have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they misled consumers about their participation in the European Union-United States Privacy Shield framework, which allows companies to transfer consumer data from EU member states to the United States in compliance with EU law. In separate complaints, the FTC al... Read More

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