The IAPP's top-5 most-read stories for the week of Oct. 7, 2019

(Oct 11, 2019) We know, there's a lot of privacy news, guidance and documentation to keep up with every day. And we also know, you're busy doing all the things required of the modern privacy professional. Sure, we distill the latest news and relevant content down in the Daily Dashboard and our weekly regional digest, but sometimes, even that's too much. To help, we offer our top-five most-read stories of the week. The Privacy Advisor, "Common challenges for DPOs and how to handle them," by Moneta Money Bank... Read More

Former FTC chief technologist joins Georgetown Law

(Oct 10, 2019) Former U.S. Federal Trade Commission Chief Technologist Ashkan Soltani is joining Georgetown Law as a distinguished fellow, according to a Georgetown Law news release. Soltani, who was a significant contributor to the California Consumer Privacy Act, will work with the Institute for Technology Law & Policy and Center on Privacy & Technology. In his time at the FTC, he created the Office of Technology Research and Investigation, was one of the first technologists in the Division of Privac... Read More

FTC to send out $31M in checks from 2015 LifeLock settlement

(Oct 9, 2019) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has announced it will begin sending out more than $31 million worth of reimbursement checks as part of a 2015 settlement with identity theft protection provider LifeLock. The FTC is mailing more than 1 million checks averaging about $29. The sum of all the checks is the remaining money from a $100 million settlement related to violations of an FTC order that required LifeLock to secure consumers’ personal information and prohibited the use of deceptive advertisi... Read More

FTC workshop aims to inform potential COPPA updates

(Oct 8, 2019) Much of the focus at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's "Future of the COPPA Rule" workshop focused on the misconceptions surrounding the nearly two-decades-old rule. Panelists at the event Monday sought to shed some light on the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act: what it is — and perhaps more importantly — what it isn't. The workshop is part of  the FTC's review on whether provisions within COPPA need to be updated. FTC Commissioner Noah Joshua Phillips offered remarks on what he'd lik... Read More

FTC workshop tackles COPPA updates, misconceptions

(Oct 8, 2019) One of the threads seen throughout the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's "Future of the COPPA Rule" workshop focused on the misconceptions surrounding the nearly two-decades-old rule. Panelists at the event Monday sought to shed some light on the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act: what it is — and perhaps more importantly — what it isn't. The workshop is part of the FTC's review on whether provisions within COPPA need to be updated. IAPP Associate Editor Ryan Chiavetta, CIPP/US, and Staff W... Read More

FTC sets agenda for COPPA workshop

(Oct 2, 2019) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has announced the program for its workshop Oct. 7 that will examine the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. There will be four panel discussions focusing on the current state of children's privacy, COPPA's scope, a look at definitions and misconceptions within the law, and the uses of personal identifiers. The FTC said the workshop will also touch on "increased use of [internet-of-things] devices, social media, educational technology, and general audience ... Read More

The City of Sin ponders the changing world of children's privacy

(Sep 25, 2019) The U.S. Children's Online Privacy Protection Act went into effect in 2000, and a lot has changed over the past 19 years. “The Changing World of Children’s Privacy” breakout session at P.S.R. will examine how the EU General Data Protection Regulation and California Consumer Privacy Act have changed the child privacy landscape and tackle the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s upcoming COPPA review. Session participants include Future of Privacy Forum Policy Counsel Amelia Vance, Common Sense Media S... Read More

FTC, CFPB to host workshop on consumer reporting accuracy Dec. 10

(Sep 20, 2019) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced they will host a public workshop Dec. 10 on the issues that affect traditional credit reports and employment and tenant background screening reports. The agencies will gather industry representatives, consumer advocates and regulators to discuss what can be gleaned from the CFPB’s supervisory reviews of credit reporting agencies and furnishers on accuracy and dispute obligations that the agency has conducted sin... Read More

Perspective: Inside the Privacy Shield annual review

(Sep 16, 2019) Dozens of senior U.S. and EU government officials gathered at the National Press Club in Washington last week for the Privacy Shield annual review. They were joined by officials from data protection authorities in Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany and Hungary to discuss whether the three-year-old framework is functioning as intended. IAPP Senior Privacy Fellow and Former U.S. International Trade Administration Privacy Shield Director Caitlin Fennessy, CIPP/US, spoke with several officials for t... Read More

Slaughter talks FTC's antitrust investigations, increased privacy focus

(Sep 16, 2019) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission plans to accelerate its antitrust investigations into tech companies, Multichannel News reports. Speaking at The Media Institute, FTC Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter said the agency currently has 17 attorneys working on cases involving potential antitrust violations. Slaughter added she expects the FTC to put an increased focus on privacy cases. She does not expect a partisan divide between commissioners on privacy issues and said the agency will take the EU Gene... Read More