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Recent FTC Privacy News

FTC’s Ramirez pushing for broadband privacy power

(May 26, 2016) With the Federal Communications Commission reclassifying ISPs as common carriers through new net neutrality rules, Federal Trade Commission Chair Edith Ramirez is asking to have some form of authority over broadband privacy, Multichannel News reports. Ramirez specifically wants Congress to eliminate a common carrier exemption stopping the FTC from investigating telecoms for false and deceptive practices so her agency can use its law enforcement experience to protect consumers. Ramirez, however, ... Read More

Book review: Hoofagle's "Federal Trade Commission Privacy Law and Policy"

(May 24, 2016) In this book review, recent Maine Law graduate and IAPP legal extern Kevin Burke reviews Chris Jay Hoofnagle's latest book on the FTC. "One of the more impressive things about this book is that it has something for everyone. It's for the student researching the FTC and needing it as a reference tool, it’s for privacy professional seeking to think more critically about the role of the FTC, and the historian interested in delving into the fluid history of an often misunderstood American agency," Burke writes. Read More

Op-ed: FCC should take FTC-like approach to ISP regulation

(May 10, 2016) In a column for Fortune, former Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz and former FTC General Counsel Jonathan Nuechterlein discuss how the Federal Communications Commission needs to regulate ISPs in a manner similar to the FTC. “In our view,” they write, “the FCC should follow the same basic approach that the FTC has successfully developed and enforced since the dawn of the commercial Internet.” Since the FTC is an enforcement agency rather than a regulator, it will only penalize compa... Read More

Featured Cases

    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

    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

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