Federal Trade Commission

On October 27, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission announced significant amendments to the agency’s Safeguards Rule, which requires covered financial institutions to develop, implement and maintain a comprehensive information security program that complies with the Safeguards Rule’s requirements.
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On October 28, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission announced the issuance of a new enforcement policy statement warning companies against using dark patterns that trick consumers into subscribing for services. The policy statement comes in response to rising complaints about deceptive sign-up tactics like unauthorized charges or impossible-to-cancel billing.
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On October 6, 2021, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco announced the launch of the new Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative that will use the False Claims Act to pursue cybersecurity related fraud by government contractors and grant recipients.
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The Chair of the Federal Trade Commission, Lina M. Khan, announced that the FTC will hold a virtual open meeting on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 1pm ET to present some findings from evidence gathered pursuant to the 2019 6(b) orders issued to six Internet Service Providers and three of their advertising affiliates regarding the parties’ privacy practices.
Continue Reading FTC to Hold Virtual Open Meeting on October 21, 2021, on Findings From Agency’s 6(b) Orders to ISPs

On October 8, 2021, Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass) and Representatives Kathy Castor (D-Fla) and Lori Trahan (D-Mass) penned a letter to Chair of the Federal Trade Commission Lina Khan, urging the agency to ensure that companies uphold the commitments made in their children’s privacy notices and “hold them accountable if they fail to do so.”
Continue Reading Democratic Lawmakers Urge FTC to Hold Companies Accountable to their Children’s Privacy Notices