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(Jun 30, 2015) This year’s Privacy Law Scholars Conference featured some of the leading thinking in the field, and the IAPP was proud to award $2,500 and a speaking role to the authors of the two papers voted as the best of the best. After a couple of years featuring co-written papers, this year we’ve awarded two single authors for work that, on the one hand, looks back at the history of the Social Security number and, on the other, offers a path toward a new and better form of consumer-protection regulation. Read More
(Jun 8, 2015) Katie Race Brin might be relatively new as the FTC’s chief privacy officer, but, her passion for privacy rights took root years ago. A law student at Berkeley, she was a member of the first-ever class at the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy clinic, then-headed by well-known scholar Deidre Mulligan. Now, she's in charge of privacy at the agency known as the virtual cop on the privacy beat. “My job is basically making sure we’re putting our money where our mouth is in terms of privacy,” she said. “As part of our consumer protection mission, we bring enforcement actions when companies engage in unfair or deceptive practices in violation of Section 5. We take action when companies haven’t adequately protected information, so we have to make sure that as an agency we’re holding ourselves to those same standards.” Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, talks to Brin in this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor. Read More
(Apr 23, 2015) Nomi Technologies, a company whose technology allows retailers to track consumers’ movements through their stores, agreed to settle FTC charges that it misled consumers with promises that it would provide an in-store mechanism for consumers to opt out of tracking and that consumers would be informed when locations were using Nomi’s tracking services. Read More
(Apr 13, 2015) According to the FTC, Bayview Solutions, LLC posted unencrypted documents online containing consumers’ names, addresses, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and amounts the consumers allegedly owed. The sensitive data was posted on a website geared for debt buyers, sellers, and other members of the debt collection industry, but accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Read More
(Apr 7, 2015) FTC filed a complaint against TES Franchising, LLC, and American International Mailing, Inc. alleging the companies’ websites indicated they were currently certified under the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework and U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework, when in fact their certifications had lapsed years earlier. Read More
(Apr 7, 2015) American International Mailing, Inc. self-certified compliance with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework in 2006 but failed to renew its self-certification from 2010-2015, despite continuing to state in its privacy statements that it abides by the Safe Harbor Principles. The FTC charged AIM with one count of deceptive trade practices under Section 5. Read More
(Jan 29, 2015) The FTC’s complaint against Craig Brittain alleged that he used deception to acquire and post intimate images of women, then referred them to another website he controlled, where they were told they could have the pictures removed if they paid hundreds of dollars. Read More
(Dec 23, 2014) LeapLab, a data broker operation, allegedly sold the sensitive personal information of hundreds of thousands of consumers – including Social Security and bank account numbers – to scammers who debited millions from their accounts. Read More
(Nov 17, 2014) TRUSTe, Inc., a major provider of privacy certifications for online businesses, agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers about its recertification program for company’s privacy practices, as well as perpetuated its misrepresentation as a non-profit entity. TRUSTe seals assure consumers that businesses’ privacy practices are in compliance with specific privacy standards like the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework. Read More
(Sep 17, 2014) Yelp is a free service that allows users to read and write reviews of local businesses. In its complaint, the FTC claimed that Yelp violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (“COPPA Rule”) by failing to implement a functional age-screening mechanism during the registration process for the app. Read More
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