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Recent FTC Privacy News

FTC v. Wyndham: Has the FTC Declared Unreasonable Security “Unfair”?

(Apr 10, 2015) In the latest installment of the FTC v. Wyndham case, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals is set to determine the scope of the agency’s authority over unfair trade practices in the arena of cybersecurity. On March 27, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Wyndham Worldwide Corp. filed supplemental briefings in the Third Circuit presenting arguments on whether the FTC has declared that unreasonable cybersecurity practices are unfair, and, assuming the FTC has not determined that unreasonable cybe... Read More

The FCC’s “Net Neutrality” Order Part 2: What Will Happen and What Will Be the Effect on the Internet Ecosystem

(Apr 2, 2015) In this follow-up post, William Baker, CIPP/US, writes for Privacy Tracker about the implications and next steps we can expect to see as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) net neutrality order plays out. In part one, Baker outlined the history and important aspects of the order, and in this post, he offers insight on potential changes for consumers, ISPs, online services such as video-streaming sites, backbone/backhaul services and the Federal Trade Commission. “Whether the FCC has successfully threaded its way through the legal minefield outlined by the Brand X and Verizon cases, the Communications Act and the Administrative Procedures Act will ultimately be decided by the courts. The legal issues are a law professor’s dream,” Baker writes. Read More

The FCC’s Net Neutrality Order Part 1: What It Says and How We Got Here

(Mar 31, 2015) The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC’s) recent "Net Neutrality Order" is intended to shape the regulatory framework for broadband Internet access services for years to come. By now you are likely aware of the most important aspects of the order: Both wireline and wireless broadband Internet access providers are reclassified as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act; The FCC adopted three specific “Open Internet” rules: No blocking, no throttling and no paid prioriti... Read More

Featured Cases

    TES Franchising, LLC

    (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

    American International Mailing, Inc.

    (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

    Craig Brittain, In the Matter of

    (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

    Sitesearch Corporation, Doing Business As LeapLab

    (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

    TRUSTe, Inc.

    (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

    Yelp Inc.

    (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

    American Apparel, Inc.

    (May 9, 2014) Clothing manufacturer American Apparel agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it falsely claimed it was abiding by the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor international privacy framework, which enables U.S. companies to transfer consumer data from the European Union to the United States in compliance with EU law. Read More

    Snapchat, Inc.

    (May 8, 2014) Snapchat, the developer of a popular mobile messaging app, agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers with promises about the disappearing nature of messages sent through the service. The FTC case also alleged that the company deceived consumers over the amount of personal data it collected and the security measures taken to protect that data from misuse and unauthorized disclosure. Read More


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