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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Imposes First Ever Data Security Fine

On February 27, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reached a settlement with Dwolla, Inc., an online payment system company, to resolve claims that the company made false representations regarding its data security practices in violation of the Consumer Financial Protection Act. Among other things, the consent order imposes a 100,000 dollar fine on Dwolla. This marks the first data security-related fine imposed by the CFPB. … Continue Reading

FTC Settles with Router Manufacturer over Software Security Flaws

On February 23, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it reached a settlement with Taiwanese-based hardware manufacturer ASUSTeK Computer, Inc. to resolve claims that the company engaged in unfair and deceptive security practices in connection with developing network routers and cloud storage products sold to consumers in the U.S.… Continue Reading

California Attorney General Announces $25 Million Settlement with Comcast

On December 15, 2015, the California Attorney General announced an approximately 25 million dollar settlement with Comcast Cable Communications, LLC stemming from allegations that Comcast disposed of electronic equipment (1) without properly deleting customer information from the equipment and (2) in landfills that are not authorized to accept electronic equipment.… Continue Reading

FCC Reaches Settlement with Cable Operator over Customer Data Breach

On November 5, 2015, the Enforcement Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) entered into a Consent Decree with cable operator Cox Communications to settle allegations that the company failed to properly protect customer information when the company’s electronic data systems were breached in August 2014 by a hacker. The FCC alleged that Cox failed … Continue Reading

FTC Reaches Settlement in First Enforcement Action Against a Retail Tracking Company

On April 23, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission announced that Nomi Technologies has agreed to settle charges stemming from allegations that the company misled consumers with respect to their ability to opt out of the company's mobile device tracking service at retail locations. The settlement marks the FTC's first Section 5 enforcement action against a company that provides tracking services at retailers.… Continue Reading

FTC Reaches Settlement with Online Marketers Over Text Message Spamming, Robocalling and Mobile Cramming Charges

On October 22, 2014, the FTC announced that several interrelated online marketing and advertising companies agreed to pay nearly 10 million USD to settle allegations that they engaged in a pattern of text message spamming, robocalling and mobile cramming practices in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act, the Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act, and the Telemarketing Sales Rule.… Continue Reading

FTC Announces Settlement with AT&T in Mobile Cramming Case

On October 8, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced an 80 million USD settlement with AT&T Mobility, LLC stemming from allegations that the company charged its customers without their consent for services provided by third-parties, a practice known as mobile cramming.… Continue Reading

FTC Settles COPPA Violation Charges Against Yelp and TinyCo

On September 17, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced that online review site Yelp and mobile app developer TinyCo have agreed to settle separate charges that they collected personal information from children without parental consent in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule.… Continue Reading

FTC Settles with Google for Kids’ In-App Purchases

On September 4, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced a proposed settlement with Google Inc. (“Google”) stemming from allegations that the company unfairly billed consumers for mobile app charges incurred by children. The FTC’s complaint alleges that since 2011, Google violated the FTC Act’s prohibition on unfair commercial practices by billing consumers for in-app charges … Continue Reading

FTC Settles with Apple for Kids’ In-App Purchases

On January 15, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced a proposed settlement with Apple Inc. stemming from allegations that the company billed consumers for mobile app charges incurred by children without their parents' consent. Apple agreed to pay a minimum of 32.5 million USD to provide refunds to consumers and to change its billing practices no later than March 31, 2014. … Continue Reading
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