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NTIA Announces New Multistakeholder Process on Drone Privacy

On March 4, 2015, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced a new multistakeholder process seeking comments on best practices concerning privacy, transparency and accountability issues related to the use of commercial and private unmanned aircraft systems, otherwise known as drones.… Continue Reading

FTC Releases Report on Internet of Things

On January 27, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission announced the release of a report on the Internet of Things that describes the current state of the Internet of Things, analyzes the benefits and risks of its development, applies privacy principles to the Internet of Things and discusses whether legislation is needed to address this burgeoning area.… Continue Reading

FTC Warns Foreign-Based App Developer of Potential COPPA Violations

On December 22, 2014, the FTC announced that it notified China-based BabyBus that several of the company’s mobile apps appear to be in violation of the COPPA Rule. The accusations stem from the company's alleged failure to obtain verifiable parental consent prior to its apps collecting and disclosing the precise geolocation information of users under the age of 13 in the U.S.… Continue Reading

FinCEN Assesses Penalty Against Former MoneyGram Compliance Officer

On December 18, 2014, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network issued a 1 million USD civil penalty against the former Chief Compliance Officer of MoneyGram International, Inc. based on allegations that the company inadequately responded to consumer fraud complaints and failed to meet its legal obligations under the Bank Secrecy Act.… Continue Reading

Centre's Risk Workshop II in Brussels Emphasizes that Risk-Based Approach to Privacy Does Not Change Legal Obligations but Helps Calibrate Their Effective Implementation

On November 18, 2014, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams held the second workshop in its ongoing work on the risk-based approach to privacy and a Privacy Risk Framework. Approximately 70 Centre members, privacy regulators and other privacy experts met in Brussels to discuss the benefits and challenges of the risk-based approach, operationalizing risk assessments within organizations, and employing risk analysis in enforcement. … Continue Reading

FCC Announces Intended $10 Million Fine in First Data Security Case

On October 24, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it intends to impose a $10 million fine on TerraCom, Inc. and YourTel American, Inc. for violating privacy laws relating to their customers' personal information. This announcement marks the first data security case and largest privacy action brought by the FCC to date.… Continue Reading
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