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Recent FTC Privacy News

FTC now weighing in on smart doll concerns

(Feb 21, 2017) After Germany's Federal Network Agency advocated that parents destroy the My Friend Cayla doll after fears its smart technology was a privacy concern, U.S. consumer groups have filed a complaint against the doll with the Federal Trade Commission, The Christian Science Monitor reports. "Watchdog groups point out that audio files get sent to a database maintained by Genesis Toys’ technology partner, Nuance Communications, which also develops voice-recognition programs for law enforcement and the m... Read More

The Privacy Advisor Podcast: Jessica Rich

(Feb 10, 2017) This week, Jessica Rich, director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission, announced she's leaving the agency. With Rich and former Commissioner Julie Brill gone (Brill left in 2016 for private practice), it wouldn't be unreasonable to be concerned that the agency has now lost two of its strongest leaders on consumer privacy. But Rich isn't. She predicts the FTC will be very aggressive on regulating sensitive data, and expanding what's classified as such, in the futu... Read More

What does FTC lose with Rich's departure?

(Feb 8, 2017) Since the 1990s, the Federal Trade Commission has established privacy and data security as a new regulatory area, through dozens of enforcement actions — which scholars have called “a new common law of privacy” — policy reports, and research workshops. Throughout this period, spanning three decades and a transition from the dawn of personal computing and the commercial internet to an age of machine-to-machine communications, smart cars, wearable devices, big data, and the cloud, Jessica Rich, wh... Read More

Featured Cases

    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

    Turn Inc.

    (Dec 20, 2016) Digital Advertising Company Settles FTC Charges It Deceptively Tracked Consumers Both Online and Through Their Mobile Devices December 20, 2016 Turn Inc., a Redwood City, California company that enables sellers to target digital advertisements to consumers, has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers by tracking them online and through their mobile applications, even after consumers took steps to opt out of such tracking. “Turn tracked millions of co... Read More

    Ruby Corp. (

    (Dec 14, 2016) Operators of Settle FTC, State Charges Resulting From 2015 Data Breach that Exposed 36 Million Users’ Profile Information For Release December 14, 2016 The operators of the Toronto-based dating site have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission and state charges that they deceived consumers and failed to protect 36 million users’ account and profile information in relation to a massive July 2015 data breach of their network. The site has members from over ... Read More

    Sequoia One, Inc.

    (Nov 30, 2016) FTC Puts An End to Data Broker Operation that Helped Scam More Than $7 Million from Consumers’ Accounts FOR RELEASE: November 30, 2016 The Federal Trade Commission has closed the book on a data broker operation that the agency alleges got personal information from people who thought they were applying for payday loans online, and sold it to a scam that tapped consumers’ bank accounts and credit cards without their consent. A stipulated order against Jason A. Kotzker resolves charges the FTC ... Read More

    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) Facts Complaint Order Analysis In the Matter of Very Incognito Technologies, Inc. (VipVape) The Facts: Very Incognito Technologies, Inc. (VipVape) is a California corporation that makes and distributes hand-held vaporizers. VipVape’s website publicly posted privacy policies and statements regarding the company practices. This included statements that VipVape participated in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system. The APEC CBPR system is a... 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


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