U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Issues

The FTC is stepping up privacy enforcement – reports Bloomberg Law‘s Sara Merken.

“The Federal Trade Commission is issuing specific data security requirements to companies as part of agency settlements, policing businesses more aggressively than before, attorneys and former staff said.”

“Mandates in related consent orders, such as directing senior officers to provide

Is the FTC’s Google-YouTube settlement a “game changer”?

“It’s three times larger than any privacy penalty assessed against Google anywhere else in the world, and it is 10 times larger than the civil penalties we have obtained in all of our 31 prior COPPA cases combined… A penalty of this magnitude sends a strong signal

The Federal Trade Commission and New York Attorney General have entered into landmark settlement with Google and YouTube for alleged violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule.

The settlement requires Google and YouTube to pay $136 million to the FTC and $34 million to New York, the largest penalty since the law

The Federal Trade Commission has approved a final consent order settling charges that a background screening company falsely claimed to be in compliance with the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield frameworks.

SecurTest, Inc. agreed in June to settle FTC charges that its website falsely claimed that it participated in the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield

Tell me don’t sell me.

In a new settlement order with the Federal Trade Commission, Unrollme was ordered to notify all its active users of the fact that it accesses or collects email purchase receipts for use in market research products that are sold to third parties and to delete the information of anyone that

“The decision to impose documentation requirements, rather than bright line rules, represents a significant departure from how the government traditionally aims to protect the public. It is akin to if federal regulators, instead of ordering automakers to install seatbelts, ordered them to document the pros and cons of installing seatbelts, and to decide for themselves

The FTC has entered into a consent order with a sole proprietor for a failure to implement reasonable protections of personal information.

At issue were the following statements, which the FTC held to be deceptive/misleading:

  • “[We] utilize the latest security and encryption techniques to ensure the security of your account information.”
  • “We understand clearly that

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has entered into a settlement agreement with a company that claims on its website that it is EU U.S. Privacy Shield certified, when in fact, it had only started the process and stopped midway.

The FTC also sent warning letters to:

  • 13 companies that falsely claimed they participate in