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Recent FTC Privacy News

Podcast: FTC Chief Technologist Lorrie Faith Cranor with some advice for privacy pros

(Jul 15, 2016) In this edition of The Privacy Advisor podcast, FTC Chief Technologist Lorrie Faith Cranor, CIPT, talks about her gig working with the U.S.'s defacto privacy regulators. A well-known researcher out of Carnegie Mellon University, Cranor is taking a break from academic life and helping inform DC’s policymakers and regulators on all things tech. In this chat with Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, Cranor discusses where she turns when she doesn't know the answer, what privacy pros should keep in mind when ... Read More

The Privacy Advisor Podcast: Lorrie Faith Cranor

(Jul 15, 2016) In this edition of The Privacy Advisor podcast, FTC Chief Technologist Lorrie Faith Cranor, CIPT, talks about her gig working with the U.S.' defacto privacy regulators. A well-known researcher out of Carnegie Mellon University, Cranor is taking a break from academic life and helping inform policymakers and regulators on all things tech. In this chat with Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, Cranor discusses where she turns when she doesn't know the answer, what privacy pros should keep in mind when creati... Read More

Ashley Madison’s parent company faces FTC investigation

(Jul 5, 2016) Executives from Ashley Madison’s parent company Avid Life Media have said the Federal Trade Commission has launched an investigation into the company following last year's massive data breach, Reuters reports. Avid's CEO Rob Segal and President James Millership, in their first interview since last year's hack, said the company lost more than a quarter of its revenue after the attack and is spending millions to boost security, while looking at payment options promising more privacy. Avid hired De... Read More

Featured Cases

    Practice Fusion, Inc., In the Matter of

    (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

    Sprint Corporation (Sprint ASL Program)

    (Oct 21, 2015) Sprint Will Pay $2.95 Million Penalty to Settle FTC Charges It Violated Fair Credit Reporting Act Company Allegedly Failed To Give Proper Notice to Consumers With Lower Credit Scores Who Were Placed in More Costly Program FOR RELEASE October 21, 2015 Note: A conference call for media with FTC Associate Director Malini Mithal was held:Date: October 21, 2015Time: 4:00 p.m. ETMithal and FTC staff took questions from the media about the case. Mobile service provider Sprint will pay $2.95 millio... Read More

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