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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

FTC Issues Annual Data Privacy Report for 2017

On Jan. 18, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published its Annual Privacy and Data Security Update. The update is helpful to businesses in that it recaps the efforts and areas of involvement the FTC has targeted in the past year as well as guides data protection strategies for 2018.

Source: Looking Back: The Federal Trade Commission Issues Annual Data Privacy Report for 2017

FTC Holds Workshop on Informational Injury

On December 12, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a workshop to examine consumer injury in the context of privacy and data security. The motivation for the workshop, according to Acting FTC Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen, was to help the FTC better understand consumer informational injury, weigh effectively the benefits of intervention against its inevitable costs, and to help guide the future application of the substantial injury prong of the FTC’s unfairness standard.

Source: FTC Holds Workshop on Informational Injury

Toying With Children’s Data: Lessons From the FTC’s First Connected Toys Settlement Action

Every year, especially around the holidays, more and more products that connect to the internet hit the market. For adults, connected home devices that act like personal domestic assistants have become increasingly popular. Children have been adding connected toys, some of which have the intelligence and programming to become a child’s best friend, to their holiday gift lists.

Source: Toying With Children’s Data: Lessons From the FTC’s First Connected Toys Settlement Action

Identity theft? Show me the records!

There’s been a lot of talk about identity theft lately. Maybe you’ve even heard from customers affected by it. Your help can make a big difference. In fact, did you know that your business is required to provide identity theft victims with copies of records relating to the theft?

Source: Identity theft? Show me the records | Federal Trade Commission

FTC Recaps Connected Cars Privacy and Security Workshop

On January 9, 2018, the FTC issued a paper recapping the key takeaways from the FTC’s and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s June 2017 workshop on privacy and security issues involving connected cars. The workshop featured representatives from consumer groups, industry, government and academia.

Source: FTC Recaps Connected Cars Privacy and Security Workshop

Key New Takeaways from Uber’s Privacy and Data Security Settlement with the FTC

On August 15, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had reached an agreement with Uber Technologies to settle allegations that the ride-sharing company had deceived consumers by failing to live up to its privacy and data security promises. 1 Specifically, the FTC levied two deception counts against Uber: (1) that the company had failed to consistently monitor and audit internal access to consumers’ personal information, despite public promises to do so; and (2) that the company had failed to provide reasonable security for consumers’ personal information stored in its databases, despite its security promises.

Source: Key New Takeaways from Uber’s Privacy and Data Security Settlement with the FTC

FTC Posts Second Blog in Its “Stick with Security” Series

On July 28, 2017, the FTC published the second blog post in its “Stick with Security” series. As we previously reported , the FTC will publish an entry every Friday for the next few months focusing on each of the 10 principles outlined in its Start with Security Guide for Businesses.

Source: FTC Posts Second Blog in Its “Stick with Security” Series

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