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Recent FTC Privacy News

FTC reaches settlement with Vulcun over app installation

(Feb 5, 2016) Technology firm Vulcun has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission under charges that it unfairly installed apps on users’ phones without permission, potentially putting consumers’ privacy at risk, according to an FTC press release. The founders of Vulcun purchased a popular Google Chrome browser extension game with 200,000 users. Vulcun then replaced the extension with its own, bypassed the permission process in the Android operating system, and bombarded users with advertisement... Read More

FTC, DoC answer Privacy Shield questions

(Feb 4, 2016) The U.S. Department of Commerce and FTC Commissioner Julie Brill provided new details about the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield late Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. The DoC, in an interactive Q&A, took to Twitter to answer questions on its role in the potential agreement, while Brill discussed the FTC’s role in a webcast interview with Information Technology and Innovation Foundation President Robert Atkinson. Specifically, Brill said the FTC won’t change the way it enforces privacy cases,... Read More

The Privacy Shield now faces an uphill battle

(Feb 4, 2016) On Tuesday, Vice-President Andrus Ansip and Commissioner Vera Jourová announced that the EU Commission had approved a political agreement on what will henceforth be known as the “EU-US Privacy Shield.” Over the coming weeks they will have to draft a fresh EU Commission adequacy decision to replace the previous “Safe Harbor” decision, which the Court of Justice of the European Union found invalid in Schrems. There is already speculation that the validity of this new decision will itself be challe... Read More

Featured Cases

    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

    Roca Labs, Inc.

    (Sep 28, 2015) The FTC alleges that defendants violated consumers’ privacy by disclosing their personal health information in some cases to payment processors, banks, and in public court filings. Read More

    Tricolor Auto Acceptance LLC

    (Sep 16, 2015) The loan-servicing arm of Texas-based auto dealer Tricolor Auto Group will pay $82,777 in civil penalties as part of a settlement to address Federal Trade Commission charges that it failed to have written policies and procedures regarding the accuracy of reported credit information, and failed to properly investigate disputed consumer credit information. Read More

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