Proposed FTC settlement is a disservice to Zoom customers, says Commissioner

Proposed FTC settlement is a disservice to Zoom customers, says Commissioner

Zoom and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have come to a tentative settlement agreement regarding the video conferencing company’s false advertising of end-to-end encryption along with other issues.

FTC fines HyperBeard $150,000 for illegally collecting children's data

FTC fines HyperBeard $150,000 for illegally collecting children's data

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had fined children’s app developer HyperBeard for $4 million but the company pleaded it only had $150,000 to pay for allegedly collecting children’s data in an unlawful way.

Advocacy group says TikTok violated FTC consent decree and children's privacy rules

Advocacy group says TikTok violated FTC consent decree and children's privacy rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of privacy advocacy organizations is filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday alleging that the popular app TikTok violated a consent decree and a law protecting children’s privacy online.

Trump signs Traced Act into law in bid to help put an end to robocalls

Trump signs Traced Act into law in bid to help put an end to robocalls

In addition to raising penalties and pushing for authentication, the bill also gives regulators like the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission four years to go after scammers, as opposed to the one-year statute of limitations that was previously in place.

Unsecure database exposes 179 GB of US citizens' data

Unsecure database exposes 179 GB of US citizens' data

IAPP releases updated 'Privacy Tech Vendor Report'.'Privacy in US Law Schools Update: An IAPP Westin Center Report'.The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has announced it finalized a settlement with Retina-X Studios over privacy violations related to its "stalking" apps.

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook's top priority is setting up FTC-mandated privacy program

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook's top priority is setting up FTC-mandated privacy program

Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday that Facebook's top priority is to put in place a new privacy program that was mandated after the company's $5 billion settlement with the Federal Trade Commission in July.

Snapchat parent kept Project Voldemort dossier on how Facebook thwarted competition--WSJ

Snapchat parent kept Project Voldemort dossier on how Facebook thwarted competition--WSJ

Snap's talks with the Federal Trade Commission are part of a larger probe into Facebook's business tactics, in which the FTC has made contact with dozens of tech executives and app developers.Facebook's stock slipped 0.1% in premarket trading while Snap shares fell 0.7%.

Google Is Fined $170 Million for Violating Children’s Privacy on YouTube

Google Is Fined $170 Million for Violating Children’s Privacy on YouTube

The privacy case against YouTube began in 2016 after the New York attorney general’s office, which has been active in enforcing the federal children’s privacy law in the state, notified the trade commission about apparent violations of the law on the site.

President Trump wants to use an executive order to make the FCC and FTC police social media censorship

President Trump wants to use an executive order to make the FCC and FTC police social media censorship

President Trump’s executive order seeks to accomplish its goal by formally limiting the protections afforded to companies under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and by putting the job of policing social media censorship on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Chris Hughes Worked to Create Facebook. Now, He Is Working to Break It Up.

Chris Hughes Worked to Create Facebook. Now, He Is Working to Break It Up.

In recent weeks, Mr. Hughes has joined two leading antitrust academics, Scott Hemphill of New York University and Tim Wu of Columbia University, in meetings with the Federal Trade Commission, the Justice Department and state attorneys general.

Equifax to Pay $575 Million as Part of Settlement with FTC, CFPB, and States Related to 2017 Data Breach

Equifax to Pay $575 Million as Part of Settlement with FTC, CFPB, and States Related to 2017 Data Breach

Equifax Inc. has agreed to pay at least $575 million, and potentially up to $700 million, as part of a global settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and 50 U.S. states and territories, which alleged that the credit reporting company’s failure to take reasonable steps to secure its network led to a data breach in 2017 that affected approximately 147 million people.

Opinion | Intel Executive: Rein In Data Brokers

Opinion | Intel Executive: Rein In Data Brokers

It is easier than ever for sensitive information to spread, and we urgently need legislation that allows the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general to protect Americans from having their personal data collected and sold without their consent.

Facebook to be slapped with $5 billion fine for privacy lapses, say reports

Facebook to be slapped with $5 billion fine for privacy lapses, say reports

Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill April 11, 2018 in Washington, DC.The Federal Trade Commission approved an approximately $5 billion settlement with over the company's 2018 Cambridge Analytica scandal, a person familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.

F.T.C. Approves Facebook Fine of About $5 Billion

F.T.C. Approves Facebook Fine of About $5 Billion

The Federal Trade Commission voted this week to fine Facebook about $5 billion for mishandling users’ personal information, according to two people briefed on the vote, in what would be a landmark settlement that signals a newly aggressive stance by regulators toward the country’s most powerful technology companies.

Opinion | Why Is America So Far Behind Europe on Digital Privacy?

Opinion | Why Is America So Far Behind Europe on Digital Privacy?

Where the Warner/Fischer bill looks to alleviate the harmful effects of data collection on consumers, Senator Josh Hawley’s Do Not Track Act seeks to stop the problem much closer to the source, by creating a Do Not Track system administered by the Federal Trade Commission.

Exclusive: U.S. Justice Dept considering Apple probe - sources

Exclusive: U.S. Justice Dept considering Apple probe - sources

The Justice Department’s Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) met in recent weeks and agreed to give the Justice Department the jurisdiction to undertake potential antitrust probes of Apple and Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, the sources said.

Democrats Need to Tame the Facebook Monster They Helped Create

Democrats Need to Tame the Facebook Monster They Helped Create

Democratic leaders Frank Pallone and Jan Schakowksy did an oversight review of Facebook’s regulator, the Federal Trade Commission, with all five commissioners, including Chairman Joe Simons, advancing ideas on how to address privacy rules in America today.

How To Get Away With Murder — The Facebook Way

How To Get Away With Murder — The Facebook Way

When Facebook announced its robust first-quarter results for 2019, it also disclosed the company is setting aside $3 billion in anticipation of a fine for violating the Federal Trade Commission’s 2011 privacy consent decree.

Exclusive: New privacy oversight on the table for Facebook, Zuckerberg

Exclusive: New privacy oversight on the table for Facebook, Zuckerberg

Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are negotiating a possible settlement that would require the company to place privacy-minded executives at the company's highest levels, a source close to the talks told POLITICO on Wednesday — in addition to paying the expected multibillion-dollar fine it disclosed last week.

Facebook settlement with U.S. may include privacy oversight: Politico

Facebook settlement with U.S. may include privacy oversight: Politico

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are negotiating a possible settlement that would require the company to create an independent privacy oversight committee and take other steps to safeguard users, Politico reported on Wednesday, citing a source.

Facebook Expects to Be Fined Up to $5 Billion by F.T.C. Over Privacy Issues

Facebook Expects to Be Fined Up to $5 Billion by F.T.C. Over Privacy Issues

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Wednesday that it expected to be fined up to $5 billion by the Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations, in what would be a record penalty by the agency against a technology company.

FTC tells ISPs to disclose exactly what information they collect on users and what it’s for

FTC tells ISPs to disclose exactly what information they collect on users and what it’s for

The Federal Trade Commission, in what could be considered a prelude to new regulatory action, has issued an order to several major internet service providers requiring them to share every detail of their data collection practices.

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In 2012, a report by the Federal Trade Commission recommended that the industry set up a public Web portal that would display the names and contact information of every data broker doing business in the United States, as well as describe consumers’ data access rights and other choices.

FTC votes 5-0 to examine privacy practices of internet service providers and mobile broadband providers

FTC votes 5-0 to examine privacy practices of internet service providers and mobile broadband providers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued seven letters to internet service providers (ISPs) and mobile broadband providers in the United States demanding a special report regarding their privacy practices.

FTC announces inquiry into the privacy practices of broadband providers

FTC announces inquiry into the privacy practices of broadband providers

The Federal Trade Commission today announced a broad inquiry into the privacy practices of internet service providers requesting large companies like AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile to hand over nonpublic information describing how they handle consumer data.

Nest's Hidden Microphone Prompts Privacy Group to Call for FTC Action Against Google

Nest's Hidden Microphone Prompts Privacy Group to Call for FTC Action Against Google

A privacy group with a history of complaining about Google’s acquisition of Nest sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission this week, calling on regulators to force Google to spin off the company after the existence of a secret microphone was revealed in its Nest Secure products.

Privacy groups accuse Facebook of deceiving children into spending parents' money

Privacy groups accuse Facebook of deceiving children into spending parents' money

A coalition of child and privacy advocates filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Thursday after court documents that were unsealed last month revealed employees were aware that young children were playing games on the Facebook app and that the company was making it harder for their parents to obtain refunds.

EPIC to FTC: After Home Spying Reports, Google Should Divest Nest

EPIC to FTC: After Home Spying Reports, Google Should Divest Nest

EPIC to FTC: After Home Spying Reports, Google Should Divest Nest Following reports that Google installed secret listening devices in the homes security product Nest, EPIC asked the Federal Trade Commission to require Google to spin-off Nest and to disgorge the data obtained from Nest users.

Wyden pitches jail time, billions in fines for online privacy violators with ‘Do Not Track’ bill

Wyden pitches jail time, billions in fines for online privacy violators with ‘Do Not Track’ bill

“Providing more authority and resources to the US Federal Trade Commission is a critical foundation for robust privacy protection.” The bill’s eye-popping penalties are reserved for large companies and wouldn’t apply to privacy violations themselves.

Senators Want FCC, FTC To Investigate Selling Of Phone Location Data

Senators Want FCC, FTC To Investigate Selling Of Phone Location Data

A group of 15 senators—including a number of high-profile Democrats—are calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to “broadly” investigate how mobile carriers share location data to third parties.

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