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Recent FTC Privacy News

FTC negotiating multibillion-dollar fine with Facebook over privacy practices

(Feb 15, 2019) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has entered negotiations with Facebook over a potential multibillion-dollar fine to settle the agency’s probe into the tech company’s privacy practices, The Washington Post reports. A pair of individuals close to the inquiry said Facebook has expressed concerns with the demands made by the FTC. While the two sides have not agreed on a total for the penalty, it is expected to be the largest fine ever administered by the agency. Facebook confirmed it has entered d... Read More

FTC announces it will not change CAN-SPAM Rule

(Feb 13, 2019) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced it will not make any changes to the CAN-SPAM Rule after it conducted its first review of the law. The agency sought public comments on CAN-SPAM in June 2017 to determine whether it was needed, as well as the costs and benefits of the rule. CAN-SPAM requires commercial emails to have accurate headers and subject lines, identify itself as an advertisement, and give users the ability to opt out of future messages. The FTC received 92 comments on CAN-SPAM,... Read More

Op-ed: FTC needs to oversee a data broker registry

(Feb 6, 2019) While noting that big tech companies may provide a clear target for motivating federal privacy legislation, an op-ed for The Washington Post calls on the government to address concerns raised by data brokers. To curb the threat to consumers posed by “the least savory actors in the information economy,” the article urges the government to implement a data broker registry, administered by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, to offer consumers a “one-stop shop for tracking down their data — and seek... Read More

Featured Cases

    ReadyTech, In the Matter of

    (Oct 25, 2018) The Federal Trade Commission has given final approval to a settlement with ReadyTech Corp., over allegations that it falsely claimed it was in the process of certifying its compliance under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework. Read More

    mResource LLC (Loop Works LLC), In the Matter of

    (Sep 27, 2018) FTC Reaches Settlements with Four Companies That Falsely Claimed Participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Four companies have agreed to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission that they falsely claimed certification under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework and that two of these companies failed to abide by a key provision of the framework. In separate complaints, the FTC alleges that IDmission, LLC, mResource LLC (doing business as Loop Works, LLC), SmartStart Employment ... Read More

    IDmission LLC, In the Matter of

    (Sep 27, 2018) FTC Reaches Settlements with Four Companies That Falsely Claimed Participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Four companies have agreed to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission that they falsely claimed certification under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework and that two of these companies failed to abide by a key provision of the framework. In separate complaints, the FTC alleges that IDmission, LLC, mResource LLC (doing business as Loop Works, LLC), SmartStart Employment ... Read More

    SmartSmart Employment Screening, Inc., In the Matter of

    (Sep 27, 2018) FTC Reaches Settlements with Four Companies That Falsely Claimed Participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Four companies have agreed to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission that they falsely claimed certification under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework and that two of these companies failed to abide by a key provision of the framework. In separate complaints, the FTC alleges that IDmission, LLC, mResource LLC (doing business as Loop Works, LLC), SmartStart Employment ... Read More

    VenPath, Inc., In the Matter of

    (Sep 27, 2018) FTC Reaches Settlements with Four Companies That Falsely Claimed Participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Four companies have agreed to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission that they falsely claimed certification under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework and that two of these companies failed to abide by a key provision of the framework. In separate complaints, the FTC alleges that IDmission, LLC, mResource LLC (doing business as Loop Works, LLC), SmartStart Employment ... Read More

    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

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