Tag Archives: Consumer Protection

FTC Chair Calls for Security by Design, Data Minimization and Notice and Choice for Unexpected Uses in Remarks on the Internet of Things at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show

On January 6, 2015, FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez gave the opening remarks at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. She addressed the key challenges the Internet of Things poses to consumer privacy and how companies can find appropriate solutions that build consumer trust. … Continue Reading

Industry, Privacy Advocates Join Microsoft to Protect Customer Emails in Foreign Servers

On December 15, 2014, Microsoft reported the filing of 10 amicus briefs in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals signed by leading technology and media companies, computer scientists and trade associations and advocacy organizations, in support of Microsoft's litigation to resist a U.S. Government's search warrant purporting to compel the production of Microsoft customer emails that are stored in Ireland.… 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

Federal District Court Grants Motion to Dismiss a Class Action Alleging Impermissible Sharing of Personal Information Under the Video Privacy Protection Act

On October 8, 2014, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia granted Cartoon Network, Inc.’s (“Cartoon Network’s”) motion to dismiss a putative class action alleging that Cartoon Network’s mobile app impermissibly disclosed users’ personally identifiable information (“PII”) to a third-party data analytics company under the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”).… 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

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

Obama’s New Executive Order Focuses on Securing Consumer Payments

Today, the White House announced that the President signed a new executive order focused on cybersecurity. The signed executive order, entitled Improving the Security of Consumer Financial Transactions, focuses on securing consumer transactions and sensitive personal data handled by the U.S. Federal Government.… 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

California Governor Approves New Privacy Legislation

On September 30, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown announced the recent signings of several bills that provide increased privacy protections to California residents. These bills are aimed at protecting student privacy, increasing consumer protection in the wake of a data breach, and expanding the scope of California's invasion of privacy and revenge porn laws.… Continue Reading
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