Federal Trade Commission

On November 1, 2018, Senator Ron Wyden released a draft bill, the Consumer Data Protection Act, that seeks to “empower consumers to control their personal information.” The draft bill imposes heavy penalties on organizations and their executives, and for certain thresholds would require senior company executives to file annual data reports with the Federal Trade Commission.
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Vizio, Inc., a California-based company best known for its internet-connected televisions, agreed to a $17 million settlement that, if approved, will resolve multiple proposed consumer class actions consolidated in California federal court. The suits’ claims, which are limited to the period between February 1, 2014 and February 6, 2017, involve data-tracking software Vizio installed on its smart TVs.
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On September 27, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement agreement with four companies – IDmission, LLC, mResource LLC, SmartStart Employment Screening, Inc., and VenPath, Inc. – over allegations that each company had falsely claimed to have valid certifications under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework.
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On September 26, 2018, the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation convened a hearing on Examining Consumer Privacy Protections with representatives of major technology and communications firms to discuss approaches to protecting consumer privacy, how the United States might craft a federal privacy law and companies’ experiences in implementing the EU General Data Protection Regulation and the California Consumer Privacy Act.
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On September 26, 2018, Uber Technologies Inc. agreed to a settlement with all 50 U.S. state attorneys general in connection with a 2016 data breach affecting the personal information (including driver’s license numbers) of approximately 607,000 Uber drivers nationwide, as well as approximately 57 million consumers’ email addresses and phone numbers.
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