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Recent FTC Privacy News

EPIC alleges Google violated 2011 FTC settlement

(Aug 20, 2018) The Electronic Privacy Information Center has sent a letter to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission alleging Google violated the terms of its 2011 settlement for tracking location data without consent, The Associated Press reports. The advocacy group pushed the FTC to examine Google’s data practices, which ultimately led to the 2011 settlement in which the tech company agreed to no longer misrepresent the amount of control users have over their data. Meanwhile, Google is facing a class-action lawsu... Read More

FTC approves ESRB's alterations to COPPA safe harbor program

(Aug 15, 2018) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has approved alterations to the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s safe harbor program to ensure it is complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. The ESRB sought changes to its safe harbor guidelines, including a new definition for “personal information and data.” Consumer advocates and other individuals offered changes to the ESRB’s proposal, including requiring a limit to the amount of children’s data collected and rejecting the ESRB’s att... Read More

FTC amends system of records notices within Privacy Act

(Aug 1, 2018) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced it has amended the system of records notices under the Privacy Act of 1974. The amendments will give the FTC the ability to disclose records to other agencies following a data breach. The changes come after the Office of Management and Budget found model language produced by the Department of Justice in a 2007 update to the law was too narrow, as agencies need the authority to disclose information on a wider scale. “The final amendments more specifical... 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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