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FCC Broadband Privacy Regulations Rescinded; States Consider Adopting Measures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 The now rescinded regulations would have required internet service providers (ISPs) to obtain consent from a customer before using or selling the customer’s Web browsing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

Toys Not Immune from Scrutiny Over Privacy and Security Weaknesses

In the wake of the holiday season, it seems that even toys are not immune from privacy and security pitfalls. Two “connected” toys, Genesis Toys’ My Friend Cayla and i-Que robot, have been accused of violating U.S. and European privacy, security and advertising laws. The toys at issue provide children with an interactive experience via … Continue Reading

Ashley Madison Settles with FTC and State AGs for $1.6 Million

We have previously reported on the Ashley Madison data breach and subsequent litigation [view related posts here, here, here, and here]. On December 14th, Ashley Madison announced that it has agreed to pay $1.6 million and implement additional security measures to settle claims brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and multiple state Attorneys General … Continue Reading

FTC Complaint Made Against Genesis Toys and Nuance Communications

On December 6, 2016, The Electronic Privacy Information Center, The Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, The Center for Digital Democracy and Consumers Union filed a Complaint and Request for Investigation, Injunction and Other Relief (Complaint) with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against Genesis Toys (Genesis) and Nuance Communications (Nuance) regarding alleged violations of the … Continue Reading

FTC Releases Tips and Advice on Ransomware

On November 10, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released tips and advice for businesses and consumers on ransomware. For businesses, the FTC released Ransomware – A closer look and a companion video, Defend against Ransomware. The FTC’s recommendations for businesses include: Have a tested business continuity plan in place to reduce disruption in the … Continue Reading

FTC Hits Telemarketer for Calling Consumers on Do Not Call List

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has fined the Consumer Education Group $100,000 for making millions of illegal telemarketing calls to consumers who were on the Do Not Call (DNC) Registry, including pre-recorded robocalls in violation of the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR). The $100,000 fine is in lieu of a civil penalty in the amount of … Continue Reading

Confusing Joint Guidance published by OCR and FTC on HIPAA Authorization Forms

There are arguments that there is a dearth of guidance by both the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC), so when guidance comes out, we listen. But the most recent guidance jointly issued by the OCR and the FTC is rather confusing. The guidance titled “Sharing Consumer Health Information? Look to … Continue Reading

Hackers Cause Consumer Drones to Fall from the Sky

Last week at the PacSec security conference held in Tokyo, a new device capable of fully infiltrating radio-controlled drones was unveiled by researchers. This new device exploits a vulnerability in the frequency-hopping systems in many consumer drones. The frequency-hopping systems make it easier for drones to obfuscate and protect their radio communication. Of course, this … Continue Reading

FTC Issues Data Breach Response Guidance

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) this week issued the publication, Data Breach Response: A Guide for Business, that outlines steps it recommends that businesses take when it believes it may have suffered a data breach. According to the guidance, “immediate steps” to take include: Securing physical areas that may be related to the incident, including changing codes … Continue Reading

Recent FTC Consent Decree with InMobi for Unlawful Geolocational Tracking Provides Insight for App Developers

Recently in United States v. InMobi Pte Ltd., the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) set a new standard for geolocational tracking. The FTC told app developers and app marketers one simple rule: honor consumers location privacy preferences and do not track them without permission. InMobi is a Singapore Company that provides ads within mobile apps. They … Continue Reading

Judge Approves LifeLock’s $68M Proposed Settlement with Class and $10.2M with Lawyers

On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, a federal judge in California granted approval of the $68 million settlement between LifeLock and a class of plaintiffs that alleged it made false statements about the services it provides to consumers that it will alert them of possible identity theft as soon as possible. The judge also approved a … Continue Reading
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