On December 14, 2016, the FTC announced that the operators of the AshleyMadison.com website have settled with the FTC and a coalition of state regulators over charges that the companies deceived consumers and failed to protect users’ personal information.… Continue Reading
On November 30, 2016, the FTC released a staff summary of a recent public workshop called Putting Disclosures to the Test. The workshop examined ways of testing and evaluating company disclosures regarding advertising claims and privacy practices. … Continue Reading
On February 29, 2016, the European Commission issued the legal texts that will implement the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, including a draft adequacy decision of the European Commission, Frequently Asked Questions and a Communication summarizing the steps that have been taken over the last few years to restore trust in transatlantic data flows.… Continue Reading
On October 26, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission issued a press release on the Global Privacy Enforcement Network Alert, a new multilateral information sharing system that would allow participating agencies to share information gathered during an investigation. … Continue Reading
The Federal Trade Commission announced proposed settlements with two companies related to charges that they falsely claimed they were compliant with the U.S.-EU and U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Frameworks.… Continue Reading
On March 9, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Dutch Data Protection Authority to promote increased cooperation and information sharing between the two enforcement agencies.… Continue Reading
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
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
On July 10, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it filed a complaint against Amazon.com, Inc. for failing to obtain consent prior to billing parents and other account holders for in-app charges incurred by children. … Continue Reading
On November 19, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission held a workshop in Washington, D.C. to discuss "The Internet of Things: Privacy and Security in a Connected World." This blog post provides a summary of presentations and topics discussed during the workshop.… Continue Reading
On September 4, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with TRENDnet, Inc. stemming from allegations that TRENDnet's security failures allowed hackers to publicly post online the live feeds from security cameras of approximately 700 customers.… Continue Reading
On July 14, 2011, the House Energy and Commerce Committee convened a joint hearing to launch a comprehensive review of Internet privacy issues. This blog post provides highlights from the hearing.
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Julie Brill and Edith Ramirez took their oaths of office on April 5 and 6, 2010, completing the Federal Trade Commission's roster of five commissioners and facilitating the Commission's new tougher stance on privacy.
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