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FTC, privacy, and vendor due diligence—and opt-in consent

On April 30, 2018, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released for public comment an administrative complaint and proposed consent agreement with mobile phone manufacturer BLU Products Inc. and its owner and president.

Although the FTC has entered into many settlements relating to privacy and data security, this proposed settlement is particularly noteworthy for two reasons: (1) the FTC allegation that a company’s failure to implement appropriate security procedures to oversee a vendor’s security practices (including a lack of vendor due diligence) can violate Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act; and (2) the proposed remedy includes a separate notice and affirmative opt-in consent relating to collection, use, and sharing of certain consumer information.

Source: FTC, privacy, and vendor due diligence—and opt-in consent

FCC Defers Cambridge Analytica Investigation to FTC

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has said the FCC does not plan to investigate reports that Dish, Tivo and ComScore may have given Cambridge Analytica “the specific viewing habits of many subscribers in the United States.”

That is the company under scrutiny for getting access to Facebook user info in violation of the social media platform’s policies, though Facebook is getting just as much scrutiny.

Source: Pai Defers Cambridge Analytica Investigation to FTC – Broadcasting & Cable

FTC Warns Foreign Companies that Online Services Might Violate COPPA

The staff of the Federal Trade Commission sent letters to two foreign companies that market electronic devices and apps that appear to collect geolocation data from children, warning that the companies may be in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule.

The FTC’s COPPA Rule requires companies collecting personal information from children under the age of 13 to post clear privacy policies and to notify parents and get their consent before collecting, using or sharing personal information from a child.

Source: FTC Warns Gator Group, Tinitell that Online Services Might Violate COPPA | Federal Trade Commission

Consumer groups file FTC complaint against YouTube for collecting kids’ personal data without parental consent

A coalition of 23 consumer groups filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging YouTube with violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by collecting personal data on children without parental consent. YouTube is owned by Google.

The complaint was co-filed Monday by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and the Center for Digital Democracy.

Source: Consumer groups file FTC complaint against YouTube for collecting kids’ personal data without parental consent – Marketing Land

Facebook Previously Failed To Keep Privacy Promises

Noel King talks to Tim Wu, who was a senior advisor at the Federal Trade Commission in 2011, when the agency settled with Facebook for failing to protect user privacy.

Facebook says it is sorry. This past weekend, Facebook took out full-page ads in major newspapers apologizing for a, quote, “breach of trust.” The company placed the ads after news broke that a political data mining firm, Cambridge Analytica, reportedly used the data of 50 million Facebook users. One person who does not buy the apology is Tim Wu. He’s a former senior adviser at the Federal Trade Commission. And he was there in 2011, the last time that Facebook got in trouble for failing to keep its promises about privacy. Tim Wu is skeptical that the company will change its ways anytime soon.

Source: Facebook Previously Failed To Keep Privacy Promises, Ex-FTC Adviser Says : NPR

FTC investigating whether Facebook violated 2011 consent decree

The news involving Facebook and Cambridge Analytica continues to rapidly evolve since reports came out last weekend exposing the improper handling of user data gleaned from the social network for political purposes.

On Tuesday, Bloomberg reported that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether Facebook violated terms in its 2011 consent decree with the agency. Under the agreement, Facebook said it would get user consent prior to making specific changes to user privacy settings. With the consent decree in place, the FTC has the authority to fine Facebook more than $40,000 a day per violation. Facebook has denied it violated the consent decree.

Source: FTC investigating whether Facebook violated 2011 consent decree

The FTC-Venmo Privacy Settlement is All About Design

Paypal has settled charges from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that stated its popular money transferring app, Venmo, misled customers with confusing privacy settings. The FTC complaint is a lesson in the importance of user-friendly design in app privacy settings, as well as the privacy risks of combining financial transactions with social networking.

Money transferring apps are a popular—and sometimes necessary—modern convenience. While some users enjoy the social aspect of Venmo, others just want to split the bill without sharing. For the second camp, there seemed to be an easy solution: you could change the default audience for your transactions from “public” to “participants only.”

Source: The FTC-Venmo Privacy Settlement is All About Design

Web Hosting Services Could Leave Small Businesses at Risk of Phishing

The Federal Trade Commission today released a staff report that examines 11 web-hosting services that market themselves to small businesses and finds that many do not provide by default certain email authentication and anti-phishing technologies, potentially leaving many small firms at risk of facilitating phishing scams.

Source: FTC Report Finds Some Small Business Web Hosting Services Could Leave Small Businesses at Risk of Facilitating Phishing Scams | Federal Trade Commission

FTC issues a Privacy & Data Security Update (2017)

US Federal Trade Commission has published their report “Privacy & Data Security Update (2017): An Overview of the Commission’s Enforcement, Policy Initiatives, and Consumer Outreach and Business Guidance in the Areas of Privacy and Data Security: January 2017 – December 2017”.

Source: Privacy & Data Security Update (2017): An Overview of the Commission’s Enforcement, Policy Initiatives, and Consumer Outreach and Business Guidance in the Areas of Privacy and Data Security: January 2017 – December 2017 | Federal Trade Commission

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