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Recent FTC Privacy News

FTC’s Ramirez: We’re expanding definition of PII

(Aug 24, 2016) Speaking at the Technology Policy Institute in Aspen, Colorado, Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said consumer control and consent need to remain at the forefront of innovation, despite online privacy issues becoming increasingly complex, FedScoop reports. “We hear with increasing frequency the claim that technological innovation and big data have rendered certain fundamental tenets of privacy, particularly the idea of consumer consent, outdated and ill-suited for today’s digita... Read More

FTC notice workshop agenda announced

(Aug 23, 2016) The Federal Trade Commission has released its agenda for its Sept. 15 workshop entitled, “Putting Notices to the Test,” the agency said in a press release. The free event will feature 22 different presentations and remarks by FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and FTC Chief Technologist Lorrie Cranor, CIPT, among others. The workshop will begin with a presentation of cognitive models and then split into six topic areas: “methods and procedures to evaluate the effectiveness of disclosures; whether and ... Read More

Get caught up on this summer's privacy podcasts

(Aug 22, 2016) Summer's a busy time for most. There's family vacations to be had, suntans to accomplish, and, if you're lucky, some amazing music festivals to attend. It's understandable if you've missed out on the latest podcasts featured weekly via The Privacy Advisor. But we want to help you get caught up. Whether you like to listen while you're driving home from work or chopping onions for dinner, here's a list of the July/August podcasts, for your listening pleasure.  The Privacy Advisor Podcast: Max Sch... 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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