FTC plans review of tech companies' data practices

(Mar 21, 2019) U.S. Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joe Simons told senators the agency will launch a review of companies’ data practices, Politico reports. In written responses to lawmakers, Simons said the agency plans to focus on large tech companies; however, Simons did not list any organizations by name. The FTC would have the authority to order companies to turn over information about their business practices for such a study. Simons spoke at an Association of National Advertisers conference, where he ... Read More

FTC releases 'Privacy and Data Security Update' 2018 report

(Mar 18, 2019) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission released its 2018 “Privacy and Data Security Update” report. The agency’s annual recap covered the settlements it reached over the past year, including cases with Uber, Venmo and BLU Products. The FTC also covered settlements in cases where companies allegedly violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, its work to enforce the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement, and the reports and events it hosted throughout 2018. Meanwhile, VentureBeat reports on the ... Read More

Hawley criticizes FTC over inaction toward tech companies

(Mar 12, 2019) Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., criticized the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for its lack of action in privacy cases involving large tech companies, The Washington Post reports. In a letter to the agency, Hawley called for the FTC to take a more aggressive stance against those tech companies. The senator advised the FTC to either use all the enforcement authority it has at its disposal or ask Congress for more help. "For too long our nation has put off accounting for the price we paid in return for the... Read More

House Judiciary Committee requests documents from Facebook

(Mar 11, 2019) The U.S. House Judiciary Committee has requested documents from Facebook as it builds toward several potential investigations, CNN Business reports. The committee has asked for information on Facebook's ad transparency program, how the platform has been used by individuals who have committed hate crimes, and details about voter suppression efforts conducted by users. A Facebook spokesman said the tech company is cooperating with the committee. Meanwhile, The New York Times profiles U.S. Federal ... Read More

FTC seeks comments on proposed GLBA Privacy, Safeguards Rules amendments

(Mar 6, 2019) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced it will seek comments on proposed amendments to change the Privacy Rule and Safeguards Rule under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. The amendments would put the two rules in line with the changes implemented through the Dodd-Frank Act and FAST Act. The FTC also proposed to expand the definition of financial institutions in both rules to include “finders” that charge fees to match consumers to lenders. The FTC states the notices for comments will be published... Read More

App developer cited for failure to participate in DAA's self-regulatory principles

(Mar 6, 2019) The Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability Program and Children’s Advertising Review Unit referred app developer HyperBeard to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for its failure to follow the Digital Advertising Alliance’s Self-Regulatory Principles and CARU’s Self-Regulatory Guidelines. The regulatory groups focused on children’s privacy in their investigation of HyperBeard. A review of HyperBeard found the developer allowed third parties to collect data through its KleptoCats app. The... Read More