On February 6, 2017, the FTC announced that it has agreed to settle charges that VIZIO, Inc., installed software on about 11 million consumer televisions to collect viewing data without consumers’ knowledge or consent. The stipulated federal court order requires VIZIO to pay 2.2 million dollars to the FTC and New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.
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On December 19, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission announced the adoption of its amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule. The amendments, which will become effective on July 1, 2013, include updated definitions, expansion and clarification of methods for obtaining verifiable parental consent, application of the Rule to certain third-party data collectors and new data retention and deletion requirements.
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At the 84th Conference of the German Data Protection Commissioners in Frankfurt (Oder), German state data protection authorities and the Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information discussed current issues and adopted four Resolutions aimed at harmonizing the application of data protection law across Germany.
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