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This spring, the Federal Trade Commission will host a series of seminars to examine the privacy implications of three new areas of technology that have garnered considerable attention for both their potential benefits and the possible privacy concerns they raise for consumers.
The Federal Trade Commission has named Jan. 13-17, 2014, Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week. The FTC will host national and regional events designed to raise awareness about tax identity theft and provide consumers with tips on how to protect themselves, and what to do if they become victims.
The Federal Trade Commission is hosting a one-day workshop on the Internet of Things on Nov. 19, 2013 in Washington, D.C., and invites participants watching the webcast to submit questions for moderators online. Staff will live-tweet the workshop and take questions via Twitter, Facebook, and email.
Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez announced the appointments of Latanya Sweeney as the agency’s Chief Technologist and Andrea Matwyshyn as a Senior Policy Advisor on privacy and data security issues.
The Federal Trade Commission has denied an application seeking approval of a proposed verifiable parental consent method submitted by AssertID, Inc., under the agency’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection (COPPA) Rule.
Technology researchers, industry representatives and government leaders will take part in the Nov. 19 Federal Trade Commission workshop “Internet of Things: Privacy and Security in a Connected World.”
Vinton G. Cerf, co-creator of the Internet’s key networking technology, will give the keynote address at the Federal Trade Commission’s Internet of Things workshop on Nov. 19 in Washington, D.C. FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and Commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen will give remarks during the event.
The Federal Trade Commission is extending the public comment periods for two proposals made under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule in light of the recent lapse in federal appropriations that resulted in the temporary shutdown of the agency. The public comment period for the verifiable...
Aaron’s, Inc., a national, Atlanta-based rent-to-own retailer, has agreed to settle FTC charges that it knowingly played a direct and vital role in its franchisees’ installation and use of software on rental computers that secretly monitored consumers including by taking webcam pictures of them in...
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on a proposed safe harbor program that the kidSAFE Seal Program has submitted for Commission approval under the agency’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule.
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on a proposed verifiable parental consent method that Imperium, LLC, has submitted for Commission approval under the agency’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule.
A company that markets video cameras designed to allow consumers to monitor their homes remotely has settled Federal Trade Commission charges that its lax security practices exposed the private lives of hundreds of consumers to public viewing on the Internet.  This is the agency’s first action...
The Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint against medical testing laboratory LabMD, Inc. alleging that the company failed to reasonably protect the security of consumers’ personal data, including medical information.  The complaint alleges that in two separate incidents, LabMD collectively...
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on a proposed verifiable parental consent method that AssertID, Inc., has submitted for Commission approval under the agency’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule.
The Federal Trade Commission will host a webinar at 2 p.m. Eastern on July 31 for blind and visually impaired consumers with information on how to protect themselves from identity theft. The webinar, “Talking Through Identity Theft:  A Program for the Blind and Visually Impaired,” will address the...
Certegy Check Services, Inc., one of the nation’s largest check authorization service companies, has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).  
The Federal Trade Commission has new tips to help people deal with email and social networking hacks, whether it’s lessening the chances of a hack in the first place, or recovering from a hack once it happens. Hacked Email, new guidance from the FTC, identifies signs an account may have been...

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