U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Issues

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has offered tips for data protection during the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Consider privacy and security as you’re developing your products and services, and not after launch. Although we will be flexible and reasonable when it comes to bringing enforcement actions against companies engaged in good faith, thoughtful efforts to address the

Is the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) considering amending its health data breach notification rule?

“The Federal Trade Commission is seeking comment on whether proposed changes should be made to a decade-old rule that requires certain companies that provide or service personal health records to notify consumers and the Commission of a data breach,” the agency

The Federal Trade Commission has issued guidance on using artificial intelligence (AI) in algorithms.

Key Takeaways

The use of AI tools should be transparent, explainable, fair and empirically sound, while fostering accountability.

  • Don’t deceive consumers about how you use automated tools.
  • Be transparent when collecting sensitive data.
  • Be careful about how you get that data

The Federal Trade Commission weighs in on Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) compliance during the COVID-19 pandemic:

For Ed Tech:

  • COPPA is not a barrier to schools providing robust remote learning.
  • Schools can consent on behalf of parents to the collection of student personal information only if such information is used for a school-authorized

Responding to recent reports that the U.S. Government may send payments by check or direct deposit to Americans in the near future to offset some of the economic damage done by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Federal Trade Commission has offered a list of three important tips consumers should keep in mind to avoid getting scammed.

Following an 11th Circuit Court decision that struck down a 2018 Federal Trade Commission (FTC) order as “unenforceably vague,” the FTC has “instructed staff to closely review [their] orders to determine whether they could be strengthened and improved – particularly in the areas of privacy and data security.” Recent enforcement orders show the FTC

Beware the federal privacy bill.

“Although there are key differences, the two [federal privacy] bills also have important similarities:

  •  a set of individual rights combined with boundaries on how businesses collect, use, and share information.
  • individual rights including access, correction, deletion and portability for personal information, along with rights to give “affirmative express consent” before

A new comprehensive federal privacy bill, the Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act (COPRA), has been introduced by Senate Commerce Committee Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.) Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).

Key novel provisions per International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Research Director Caitlin Fennessy:

  • individual consent for data

In a complaint, the Federal Trade Commission alleges that between January 2017 and October 2018, RagingWire Data Centers, Inc. claimed in its online privacy policy that the company participated in the Privacy Shield framework and complied with the program’s requirements, even though it had allowed its certification to lapse in January 2018.

The Department of

“Company executives would face possible jail time for lying to the Federal Trade Commission about privacy and data security matters, under a new bill by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat representing Oregon,” reports Daniel R. Stoller, Esq. for Bloomberg Law.

“The Mind Your Own Business Act would give the FTC new authorities and resources