Federal Trade Commission

On July 22, 2019, the FTC announced that Equifax agreed to pay at least $575 million, and potentially up to $700 million, as part of a global settlement agreement with the FTC, the CFPB, and 50 U.S. states and territories to resolve investigations into the colossal data breach the company suffered in 2017. This is the largest data breach settlement in U.S. history.
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On July 17, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission published a notice in the Federal Register announcing an accelerated review of its Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule, seeking feedback on the effectiveness of the 2013 amendments to the Rule, and soliciting input on whether additional changes are needed.
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On June 14, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it has taken action against a number of companies that allegedly misrepresented their compliance with the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield frameworks and other international privacy agreements. This blog entry provides an overview of these developments.
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On April 12, 2019, Senator Edward J. Markey (MA) introduced the Privacy Bill of Rights Act, comprehensive privacy legislation intended to protect individuals’ “personal information,” defined as “information that directly or indirectly identifies, relates to, describes, is capable of being associated with, or could reasonably be linked to, a particular individual.”
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During the week of April 1, 2019, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP hosted its annual executive retreat in Washington, D.C. CIPL held a full-day working session on evolving technologies and a new U.S. privacy framework followed by a closed members only half-day roundtable on global privacy trends with special guest Helen Dixon, Data Protection Commissioner of Ireland.
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