Tag Archives: Federal Trade Commission

FTC Launches Data Security Initiative

On June 30, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission announced its new "Start With Security" initiative, which will provide businesses with information on data security and how to protect consumer information.… Continue Reading

PCI Security Standards Council Releases Enhanced Validation Requirements for Designated Entities as PCI DSS Version 3.0 Set to Retire

The PCI Security Standards Council recently published a set of enhanced validation procedures designed to provide greater assurance that certain entities are maintaining compliance with the PCI Data Security Standard effectively and on a continuing basis. In addition, on July 1, 2015, PCI Data Security Standard Version 3.0 is being retired and the controls previously designated by Version 3.0 as best practices will become mandatory.… 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

FCC Joins Asia Pacific Privacy Forum

On April 15, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it has joined the Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities, the principal forum for privacy authorities in the Asia-Pacific Region.… Continue Reading

FTC Releases Report on Internet of Things

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

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

FTC Warns Foreign-Based App Developer of Potential COPPA Violations

On December 22, 2014, the FTC announced that it notified China-based BabyBus that several of the company’s mobile apps appear to be in violation of the COPPA Rule. The accusations stem from the company's alleged failure to obtain verifiable parental consent prior to its apps collecting and disclosing the precise geolocation information of users under the age of 13 in the U.S.… Continue Reading

Centre Discusses the Risk-Based Approach to Privacy and APEC-EU Interoperability at IAPP Brussels

At the IAPP's recent Europe Data Protection Congress in Brussels, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams led two panels on the risk-based approach to privacy as a tool for implementing existing privacy principles more effectively and on codes of conduct as a means for creating interoperability between different privacy regimes.… Continue Reading

Centre’s Risk Workshop II in Brussels Emphasizes that Risk-Based Approach to Privacy Does Not Change Legal Obligations but Helps Calibrate Their Effective Implementation

On November 18, 2014, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton & Williams held the second workshop in its ongoing work on the risk-based approach to privacy and a Privacy Risk Framework. Approximately 70 Centre members, privacy regulators and other privacy experts met in Brussels to discuss the benefits and challenges of the risk-based approach, operationalizing risk assessments within organizations, and employing risk analysis in enforcement. … Continue Reading