Privacy groups press FTC for update on COPPA investigation

(Nov 15, 2018) In April, a group of privacy organizations filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission against YouTube where they asked for the video platform site to be investigated for possible violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Now, the same privacy groups are pressing the FTC to learn the status of their complaint, Broadcasting & Cable reports. YouTube’s parent company, Google, has denied the group’s claim that the site is the most popular online platform for kids. ... Read More

NTIA releases comments on consumer privacy framework

(Nov 14, 2018) The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration released all the comments it received on a high-level framework on the protection of consumer data privacy. Comments included those from the European Commission and Federal Trade Commission, as well as industry, privacy advocacy and academia, among others. “We cast a wide net in asking Americans to tell us their views on privacy, and met with over 100 organizations leading up to our comment outreach,” NTIA Administrator and Assi... Read More

Sens. ask FTC to investigate advertising in children's apps

(Nov 14, 2018) Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass., Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., have asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate advertising in children’s apps, Gizmodo reports. In their letter to the FTC, the senators write some of the marketing techniques used in the apps violate Section 5 of the FTC Act. The senators cited several examples of exploitative advertising currently used in children’s apps and have given the agency until Dec. 4 to respond to their letter. “The FTC has a st... Read More

Tech groups send comments on NTIA's privacy framework

(Nov 12, 2018) Axios reports on stakeholder comments that were submitted to the National Telecommunications & Information Administration ahead of last Friday's deadline. The NTIA sought feedback on a potential federal privacy framework and extended the deadline from Oct. 26. The Internet Association and the Information Technology Industry Council both voiced their support of a federal privacy law. Digital Content Next said in its comments any federal rules should “avoid solidifying the dominance” of major ... Read More

The Privacy Advisor Podcast: Live with FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra

(Nov 9, 2018) While Rohit Chopra is still relatively new as a commissioner at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, he's clear on his priorities. He wants stronger FTC enforcement across the board in "everything we do." In this episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, recorded in front of a live audience at Privacy. Security. Risk. 2018, Chopra talks to host Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, about his concerns related to American isolationism and keeping pace with the rest of the world on data protection and digital rig... Read More

Intel releases draft for federal U.S. privacy law

(Nov 8, 2018) The push for a comprehensive federal U.S. privacy law continues to grow. Senate committees have held hearings, and lawmakers have drafted bills, all in the hopes of producing the definitive set of rules. Intel has become the latest entity to throw its proposal into the ring. The tech company has released a draft bill for a federal law it hopes would regulate consumer privacy without impacting innovation. Intel also launched an online portal where privacy professionals and members of the public w... Read More

FTC releases cybersecurity resource for small businesses, nonprofits

(Nov 7, 2018) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission released a resource designed to help small businesses and nonprofits with cybersecurity issues. The page outlines tips on 12 different topics, such as phishing, ransomware, vendor security, cyberinsurance, physical security and tech support scams. One of the sections has an overview of the cybersecurity framework from the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The sections break down the ways cyberattacks are conducted and what businesses can do to reco... Read More

Wyden releases draft of new privacy law

(Nov 1, 2018) Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has released a draft for a new U.S. privacy law, Axios reports.  The law would establish a national “Do Not Track” opt-out website that would give users the ability to tell companies with more than $50 million in revenue to stop sharing their information. Wyden’s draft bill also gives the Federal Trade Commission the power to fine companies for their first offense and send executives to prison for 20 years should they intentionally mislead the agency. The FTC would receiv... Read More

FTC announces agenda for seventh hearing session

(Nov 1, 2018) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has announced the agenda for the seventh session of its Hearings Initiative. Beginning Nov. 1, the FTC will hold a series of public hearings examining privacy, big data and competition; algorithms, artificial intelligence and predictive analytics; data security; and consumer privacy, among others. The seventh hearing, which will take place at Howard University Law School Nov. 13–14, will look to inform the FTC and policymakers with a greater understanding of alg... Read More

FTC releases agenda for session on data's role in competition and innovation

(Oct 30, 2018) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has released the agenda for an event it will host Nov. 6-8 at the American University Washington College of Law on the role data plays in competition and innovation. Topics for the event include “The Intersection of Big Data, Privacy, and Competition,” “The Impact of GDPR on EU Technology Venture Investment,” and “The Impact of Privacy Regulations on Competition and Innovation.” The FTC announced it plans to accept comments on those topics until Jan. 7. The agen... Read More