Federal Trade Commission

On September 14, 2021, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce voted in favor of a legislative recommendation that would create a new FTC privacy bureau as part of the proposed $3.5 trillion federal budget reconciliation package.
Continue Reading U.S. House Committee Votes to Create New FTC Privacy Bureau and Appropriate $1 Billion to the Agency

On September 1, 2021, the FTC banned the operator of a stalkerware app company and its CEO from offering, promoting, selling or advertising any surveillance app, service or business, alleging that the app allowed purchasers to illegally surveil other individuals by monitoring their device activity without their knowledge.
Continue Reading FTC Bans Stalkerware App Company from the Surveillance Business and Orders Company to Delete Any Illegally Collected Information

Earlier this month, President Biden signed the Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy. The stated goal of the Executive Order is to increase competition in the United States and resolve issues related to monopolistic behaviors, including with respect to privacy and data protection.
Continue Reading President Biden Signs Executive Order to Promote Fair Competition and Further Regulate Data Privacy

This week, the Federal Trade Commission voted 3 to 1 to accept a settlement agreement with MoviePass, Inc., its parent company, and two of the now-defunct company’s former employees, after allegations of data security issues and deceptive trade practices.
Continue Reading Now Playing at the FTC: MoviePass Data Security Case and ROSCA Settlement

On May 11, 2021, Senators Edward Markey (D-MA) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) introduced the Children and Teens’ Online Privacy Protection Act. The Bill, which would amend the existing Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, would prohibit companies from collecting personal information from children ages 13 to 15 without their consent.
Continue Reading Senate Bill Would Expand Federal Children’s Privacy Protections

Building upon its April 2020 business guidance on Artificial Intelligence and Algorithms, the FTC has published new guidance focused on how businesses can promote truth, fairness and equity in their use of AI. In the guidance, the FTC recognizes the potential benefits of AI, but stresses the need to harness these benefits without inadvertently introducing bias or other unfair outcomes.
Continue Reading FTC Reiterates AI Best Practices