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Legal insights on navigating privacy, data protection, cybersecurity, information governance, and e-discovery

Tag Archives: FTC

FBI and FTC on Privacy Risks Stemming from “Smart” Toys

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, Cybersecurity / Data Security, Privacy
Earlier this month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a public comment about privacy, cybersecurity, and safety risks associated with internet-connected toys.  The FBI’s comment builds on the Federal Trade Commission’s recent amendment to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which explicitly states that connected toys are deemed “websites or online services” subject… Continue Reading

Vizio Agrees to $2.2M Settlement Regarding Data Collection Practices

Posted in Government Agencies, Information Management, Internet of Things, Privacy, Uncategorized
Last week, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced an agreement settling claims against a television manufacturer arising from the alleged unauthorized collection of television viewing data.  The FTC, along with the State of New Jersey, alleged that certain “smart TVs” manufactured and sold by VIZIO, Inc. and its subsidiary VIZIO Inscape Services (collectively, “VIZIO”) failed… Continue Reading

Privacy & Cybersecurity Weekly News Update – Week of October 22

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security
FCC adopts privacy rules; Privacy Shield challenge; Amendments to EU data transfer decisions; FTC data breach guidance; DOT vehicle cybersecurity best practices; HHS guidance on HIPAA and FTC compliance FCC approves privacy rules for broadband providers In a 3-2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission approved new rules governing internet service providers’ collection and use of… Continue Reading

Privacy & Cybersecurity Weekly News Update – Week of Oct 8

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security
Guidance on HIPAA & cloud computing; Senators question FTC enforcement standards HHS publishes guidance on HIPAA’s impact on cloud computing This week, the Department of Health and Human Services issued guidance for HIPAA-covered entities and business associates regarding cloud computing.  When a covered entity seeks to use cloud services in connection with the use and/or… Continue Reading

Privacy & Cybersecurity Weekly News Update – Week of October 3

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security
FCC broadband privacy proposal; Potential challenge to FTC privacy enforcement power FCC to consider broadband privacy proposal On October 6, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued proposed rules that would impose on broadband providers privacy regulations similar to those implemented and enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).  The proposal calls for… Continue Reading

Privacy & Cybersecurity Weekly News Update

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Health IT, Privacy
Hamburg DPA orders WhatsApp to stop sharing data with Facebook; GAO: HHS Needs to Improve is Digital Health Protection Rules; Notice and Choice Becoming Par for the Course for Interest-Based-Ads in Apps German Data Protection Authority of Hamburg orders WhatsApp to stop sharing data with Facebook On September 27, 2016, the Hamburg Commissioner for Data… Continue Reading

Privacy & Cybersecurity Weekly News Update – Week of September 12

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Privacy
    HHS Jumps on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Bandwagon; Third Circuit on Economic Loss as a basis for Negligence Claim; FTC workshop on Ransomware; German draft implementing law for GDPR revealed. HHS Jumps on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Bandwagon Because of recent news reports confirming that cyberattacks against healthcare agencies have increased 125 %… Continue Reading

FTC’s New Online Quiz: Which Federal Laws Apply to Your App?

Posted in Government Agencies, Government Regulations & FISMA, Health IT, Privacy
On Tuesday, the FTC simultaneously released a “Mobile Health App Interactive Tool” and “Best Practices,” to help mobile health app developers navigate the maze of federal regulation, including data privacy regulation.  The tool walks developers through a series of high level questions about the nature of their app, and uses the answers to those questions… Continue Reading

Privacy-Cybersecurity Weekly News Update December 6- 11, 2015

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Data Breach, Government Agencies, Privacy
Wyndham-FTC Settlement Looks to PCI; Target Consumer Appeals Settlement; Leaders Propose Encryption Commission; Ashley Madison MDL in St. Louis; FTC Commissioner Warns of FCC ISP Overreach; Moms Sue Over Doll’s IoT Capability Wyndham to Implement PCI-Focused Information Security Program in Settlement with FTC On Wednesday, the FTC and Wyndham settled a long-standing dispute regarding the hospitality… Continue Reading

Key Privacy & Cybersecurity Developments: October 5, 2015 – October 11, 2015

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Privacy
U.S.-EU Data Sharing Pact Invalidated; Two Lawsuits Based on October Breaches; Dow Jones & Co. Breached; California’s New Comprehensive Privacy Law; California Revises Breach Notification Requirements; California Smart TV Notice Requirements; California Targets “Hackers for Hire”; Cybercrime Costs Increase Top EU Court Invalidates U.S.-EU Safe Harbor On October 6, 2015, the European Court of Justice… Continue Reading

FTC Announces January 14, 2016 “PrivacyCon”

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Privacy
As part of the FTC’s ongoing initiative to promote collaboration “among whitehat researchers, academics, industry representatives, consumer advocates, and regulators regarding the privacy and security implications of emerging technology,” its first-ever PrivacyCon will include presentations on research and trends in consumer privacy and data security, discussions about the interplay between regulators and technology, identification of… Continue Reading

Recent FTC Safe Harbor Enforcement Takeaways

Posted in Cybersecurity / Data Security, Government Agencies, Government Regulations & FISMA, Privacy
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has struck again in the data privacy world, this time at 13 companies that allegedly misrepresented in their privacy statements that they were U.S.-EU or U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor certified. This latest enforcement sweep demonstrates the FTC’s privacy focus and reinforces the need for companies to make accurate public representations. The… Continue Reading