US lawmakers call for FTC investigation of fintech firm's data sale

(Jan 21, 2020) U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, along with Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., penned a letter urging the Federal Trade Commission to investigate alleged improper data sale by financial technology firm Envestnet and its subsidiary, Yodlee, The Wall Street Journal reports. The lawmakers wrote, "Consumers generally have no idea of the risks to their privacy that Envestnet is imposing on them." In a statement, Yodlee refuted the allegations, saying it complies with regulatory standa... Read More

Sen. Wyden calls for FTC to investigate ad blockers

(Jan 15, 2020) U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate ad blockers, MediaPost reports. In a letter to the FTC, Wyden wrote ad blockers engage in deceptive and unfair practices by whitelist ads from paying companies. He added the largest advertising companies "have quietly paid millions of dollars to some of the largest ad blocking software companies in order to be able to continue to track and target consumers with ads." Wyden called for ad-blocking companies to discl... Read More

FTC finalizes Privacy Shield falsification case

(Jan 10, 2020) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced it finalized its settlement with California-based Medable over false claims of EU-U.S. Privacy Shield participation. The FTC voted 5-0 on the settlement's approval. As part of its deal with the FTC, the technology company cannot misrepresent its participation in the Privacy Shield framework or other privacy or data protection programs put forth by the government, self-regulatory groups or standard-setting organizations.Full Story... Read More

FTC chair supports federal privacy law, maintaining enforcement role

(Jan 8, 2020) Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, U.S. Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons opened up about his support for federal privacy legislation, Multichannel News reports. Simons' call for a comprehensive law came with stipulations, including the desire to have the FTC retain its enforcement powers in lieu of creating a new privacy regulator. Additionally, he indicated any legislation should create and maintain competition across industries. Meanwhile, Federal Communicat... Read More

FTC, mortgage broker reach $120K settlement over data exposure

(Jan 8, 2020) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has announced it has agreed to a $120,000 settlement with California-based Mortgage Solutions FCS, over personal-data-related violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The mortgage broker allegedly responded to negative customer reviews by revealing personal information belonging to those customers. The exposed information included credit histories, debt-to-income ratios, taxes, sources of income, family relationships and more.  FTC Bureau of Consumer Protect... Read More

FTC, tech company finalize settlement over data security violations

(Jan 7, 2020) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has announced the finalization of its settlement with Utah-based InfoTrax Systems and former CEO Mark Rawlins. The tech company allegedly failed to put proper data security measures in place, leading to a personal information hack of more than 1 million users from 2014 to 2016. The final settlement prohibits Rawlins and InfoTrax from handling personal information in any way unless an information security program is established to address the security failures hi... Read More

FTC reflects on improving data security orders

(Jan 6, 2020) In a post for his office's Business Blog, U.S. Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Andrew Smith explained strides the FTC made in 2019 regarding its data security orders. Smith cited seven orders that showed the FTC's mandates were more specific, increased third-party assessor accountability and placed more data security considerations on company executives. "When [FTC Chairman Joe Simons] and I arrived at the FTC, one of our first priorities was to strengthen the FTC... Read More

YouTube limits data collection on children's content

(Jan 2, 2020) In early January, YouTube will make changes to data collected from children’s content, The Wall Street Journal reports. YouTube will limit data collected on videos targeted to children, not show data-driven personalized ads on children’s videos, and not allow comments on the videos. Creators will designate if their target audience is children. Federal regulators and privacy advocates support the changes, while they are being protested by content creators who could face U.S. Federal Trade Commiss... Read More

The top 10 podcast episodes of 2019

(Dec 20, 2019) While the relentless current of privacy news this year might have felt difficult to keep up with at times, it certainly made for great water-cooler fodder. In 2019, The Privacy Advisor Podcast's community of listeners grew exponentially, no doubt thanks to the increasing complexity of what it means to be a privacy professional in a time of massive change. In this year-end roundup, we recap the top 10 podcasts of the year according to number of listens. Catch the ones you missed!  100th episode ... Read More

Top 10 podcast episodes of 2019

(Dec 20, 2019) While the relentless current of privacy news this year might have felt difficult to keep up with at times, it certainly made for great water-cooler fodder. In 2019, The Privacy Advisor Podcast's community of listeners grew exponentially, no doubt thanks to the increasing complexity of what it means to be a privacy professional in a time of massive change. In this year-end roundup, we recap the top 10 podcasts of the year according to number of listens. Catch the ones you missed! Full Story... Read More