Tag Archives: FTC

The Reversal of Net Neutrality on Privacy 101

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) potential reversal of the Obama Administration’s ‘Net Neutrality’ rules have been a constant headline lately. Most media coverage goes to the core principals of net neutrality, including blocking, throttling and pay for priority of internet content; however, privacy is also a factor. Primarily, the FCC issued broadband privacy rules in … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #110 – Resources for Small Businesses to Stay Informed about Cyber Threats

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has concentrated on small businesses this year with the launch of www.FTC.gov/SmallBusiness , which provides data security awareness information to small businesses. The  site includes articles about data security, how to develop a data security plan, what happens when ransomware affects your business, what to do in response to a … Continue Reading

Lenovo Agrees to Settle Data Security Case with FTC and 32 AGs

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on September 5, 2017, that it has settled with Lenovo regarding allegations that Lenovo “harmed customers by pre-loading software on some laptops that compromised security protections in order to deliver ads to consumers.” According to the FTC’s complaint against Lenovo, it pre-loaded “man in the middle” software, VisualDiscovery that … Continue Reading

FTC Issues ‘Stick with Security’ Guidance Emphasizing Data Security Best Practices

The Acting Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, Thomas B. Pahl, recently commenced a ‘Stick with Security’ series of blog posts that analyze the data security principles championed by the FTC in its Start with Security guidance. The posts are intended to impart lessons the FTC has learned via investigations and enforcement actions, … Continue Reading

FTC Approves Modifications to TRUSTe’s COPPA Safe Harbor Program

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved TRUSTe’s proposed modifications to their Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) safe harbor program this week. COPPA requires, among other things, that commercial website and mobile app operators that knowingly collect personal information from children under age 13 post comprehensive privacy policies on their websites and in their mobile … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #99 – If you are an IoT Fanatic, this App is for You

Last January, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) launched the IoT Home Inspector Challenge, a contest that requested participants to come up with a tool that would identify security issues that are caused by out-of-date software in IoT devices to better educate and protect consumers about the security vulnerabilities of IoT devices. To remind you of … Continue Reading

Ashley Madison Settles Data Breach Case for $11.2M

Ashley Madison, which suffered a data breach in 2015 [view related posts here] involving the loss of 37 million users’ personal and financial information, has settled the suit for $11.2 million. Ashley Madison’s parent company previously settled data security allegations with 13 states and the Federal Trade Commission for $17.5 million, but ended up paying … Continue Reading

FTC Settles Complaint Against Lead Generation Business Selling Consumers’ Sensitive Data

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)  has announced that it has settled its Complaint against operators of the lead generation business Global Media, LLC and its CEO Christopher Kay for $104 million. The judgment has been suspended because the defendants are unable to pay it. It represents the amount the defendants made by selling loan applications. … Continue Reading

FCC Broadband Privacy Regulations Rescinded; States Consider Adopting Measures

As was expected, President Trump signed into law the rescinding of the broadband privacy regulations adopted in 2016 by the Obama administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The now rescinded regulations would have required internet service providers (ISPs) to obtain consent from a customer before using or selling the customer’s Web browsing history, app usage history, … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #77 – FTC Offers Tips to Businesses That Have Been Impersonated by Phishing Schemes

On March 6, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released tips and a video to businesses that have been impersonated by Phishing schemes. The guidance, entitled “Has a phishing scam hooked your company’s good name?” provides businesses with several tips to respond to being impersonated through a phishing scheme. The tips include: Notify and alert customers … Continue Reading

Privacy Tip #76 – Stay on Top of the Most Recent Scams and Subscribe to FTC’s Scam Alerts

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced this week that March 5-11 is National Consumer Protection Week. The FTC will announce different programs and events throughout the week that are designed to educate consumers on how they can protect themselves and understand their rights. As a consumer, one thing that is easy to do and very … Continue Reading

FTC and Ten States Settle with Caribbean Cruise Lines for Robocall Accusations

This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and ten states settled charges against the Florida-based cruise line, Caribbean Cruise Line, Inc. (CCL), for an illegal telemarking campaign that inundated consumers with billions of unwanted robocalls. In settling these charges, CCL’s owner, Fred Accuardi, and all of his companies are barred from robocalling and illegal telemarketing. … Continue Reading

2016 Was the Year of the Data Breach

Although every year we lament about the significance of data breaches in the past year, 2016 was by far the worst. Data breaches were rampant, victimizing every industry and numbing consumers in the process. It was so bad that consumers began to throw up their hands and say “My personal information is out there anyway. … Continue Reading

Inbound Call Experts to Pay $10 Million for Consumer Redress

Florida-based tech support scheme, Inbound Call Expert, doing business as Advanced Tech Support, will pay $10 million for consumer redress in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) final order. The FTC, and the State of Florida, charged Inbound Call Expert with deceiving thousands of consumers by using high-pressure sales pitches to telemarket tech support … Continue Reading

DeVry University Settles with FTC for a Whopping $100 Million

The Federal Trade Commission announced this week that it has settled with DeVry (DeVry) for $100 million over allegations that it misled prospective students with ads that promised higher employment success and income upon graduation. We previously reported on the allegations levied by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against DeVry [view related post]. The settlement … Continue Reading

Turn Settles Allegations by the FTC for Deceptive Advertising Tactics

Turn, Inc. (Turn), a California based company that enables sellers to target digital advertisements to consumers via a website or mobile app, settled allegations by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that it deceived consumers by tracking them online and through their mobile app even after consumers opted out of such tracking. Director of the FTC’s … Continue Reading
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