Tag Archives: Consumer Protection

FTC Announces Settlement for Venmo’s Alleged Violations of the GLBA’s Privacy and Safeguards Rules

On February 27, 2018, the FTC announced an agreement with PayPal, Inc., to settle charges that its Venmo peer-to-peer payment service misled consumers regarding privacy and the extent to which consumers’ financial accounts were secured. This signals a renewed focus by the FTC on violations of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act's Privacy and Safeguards Rules.… Continue Reading

FTC Issues Tips on VPN Apps

On February 22, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission published a blog post that provides tips on how consumers can use Virtual Private Network apps to protect their information while in transit over public networks.… Continue Reading

FTC Releases PrivacyCon 2018 Agenda

On February 6, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission released its agenda for PrivacyCon 2018, which will take place on February 28. PrivacyCon 2018, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Constitution Center conference facility in Washington, D.C. … Continue Reading

Belgium Adopts Law Reforming the Belgian Privacy Commission

On January 10, 2018, the Law of 3 December 2017 creating the Data Protection Authority was published in the Belgian Official Gazette. It replaces the Belgian Privacy Commission with the Belgian Data Protection Authority, since the current Belgian Privacy Commission has limited prosecutorial powers and no direct sanctioning powers.… Continue Reading

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.… Continue Reading

FTC Hosts Workshop on Informational Injury

On December 12, 2017, the FTC hosted a workshop on informational injury in Washington, D.C. where industry experts, policymakers, researchers and legal professionals considered how to best characterize and measure potential injuries and resulting harms to consumers when information about them is misused or inappropriately protected. … Continue Reading

Canadian Privacy Commissioner Issues Report on Children’s Educational Apps

Recently, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada issued its 2017 Global Privacy Enforcement Network Sweep results, which focused on certain privacy practices of online educational tools and services targeted at classrooms. The OPC examined the privacy practices of two dozen educational websites and apps used by K-12 students.… Continue Reading

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. This week’s post, entitled "Start with security – and stick with it," looks at key security principles that apply to all businesses regardless of their size or the types of data they handle. The guidance offers five steps companies can take to ensure the security of the data they hold.… Continue Reading

New Jersey Shopper Privacy Bill Signed into Law

On July 21, 2017, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a bill that places new restrictions on the collection and use of personal information by retail establishments for certain purposes. The statute, which is called the Personal Information and Privacy Protection Act, permits retail establishments in New Jersey to scan a person’s driver’s license or other state-issued identification card only for eight purposes. … Continue Reading

Tempur Sealy Data Breach: Putative Class Action Filed

On June 12, 2017, a putative class action was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia against Tempur Sealy International, Inc. and Aptos, Inc. Tempur Sealy is a mattress, bedding and pillow retailer based in Lexington, Kentucky. Aptos is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, and formerly hosted and maintained Tempur Sealy’s … Continue Reading

Amended Oregon Law Reinforces Importance of Adhering to Privacy Policies

On May 25, 2017, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law H.B. 2090, which updates Oregon’s Unlawful Trade Practices Act by holding companies liable for making misrepresentations on their websites or in their consumer agreements about how they will use, disclose, collect, maintain, delete or dispose of consumer information.… Continue Reading