federal trade commission

Federal Trade Commission authority boost?

H.R. 2668 – The Consumer Protection and Recovery Act – has passed in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The bill amends the Federal Trade Commission Act to provide the FTC with explicit authority to require bad actors to return money earned through illegal activity and to seek both injunctive

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This case has nothing to do with HIPAA, but should be a warning to zealous covered entities and other types of business entities trying to give patients or consumers more information about data privacy than is required under applicable law.  In short, giving individuals more information is not better, especially where

Officials from both the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and European Union (EU) recently called for enhancements to the Obama administration’s proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.

The White House’s proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights seeks to provide “a baseline of clear protections for consumers and greater certainty for companies.”  The guiding principles of

On December 31, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it approved a final order settling charges against Snapchat.

In its complaint, the FTC charged Snapchat with deceiving consumers over the amount of personal data that it collected and the security measures in place to protect the data from disclosure and misuse.

The settlement order

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that it settled charges against a health billing company and its former CEO that they misled consumers who had signed up for their online billing portal by failing to inform them that the company would seek detailed medical information from pharmacies, medical labs and insurance companies.

The Atlanta-based medical

On Tuesday, April 22nd, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it has updated its “Complying with COPPA: Frequently Asked Questions: A Guide for Business and Parents and Small Entity Compliance Guide” to address consent for the collection of student information.
Continue Reading FTC Updates COPPA FAQs to Address Student Privacy Issues

Imagine you have completed your HIPAA risk assessment and implemented a robust privacy and security plan designed to meet each criteria of the Omnibus Rule. You think that, should you suffer a data breach involving protected health information as defined under HIPAA (PHI), you can show the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human

The FTCannounced yesterday a settlement with Epic Marketplace, an online advertising network, which prohibits Epic from further collection of data obtained by “browser sniffing” the surfing history of Internet users and requires Epic to destroy all previously collected data. The FTC did NOT ban “browser sniffing.”
Continue Reading FTC “History Sniffing” Settlement Meaningless or the Start of Something Bigger

According to a press release issued yesterday, November 29, 2011, by the Federal Trade Commission, Facebook settled charges that Facebook “deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public.”
Continue Reading FTC Settles With Facebook, Agrees to Whopping 20-Year Consent Order