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In testimony before a U.S. Senate Banking subcommittee, the Federal Trade Commission updated Congress on the agency’s ongoing efforts to promote data security through civil law enforcement, education, and policy initiatives.
RELATED STATEMENT: Oral Statement of Chairwoman Edith Ramirez On Privacy In the Digital Age: Preventing Data Breaches and Combating Cybercrime (February 4, 2014)
Imagine doing a routine online search and having the search engine serve up files that include medical histories, notes from psychiatric sessions and children’s medical exams, sensitive information about drug abuse or pregnancy loss, and personal data like Social Security and driver’...
A company that provides medical transcription services has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that its inadequate data security measures unfairly exposed the personal information of thousands of consumers on the open Internet, in some instances including consumers’ medical histories...
The Safeguards Rule requires financial institutions under FTC jurisdiction to have measures in place to keep customer information secure. In addition to developing their own safeguards, companies covered by the Rule are responsible for taking steps to ensure that their affiliates and...
Today is Data Security Day.  You've educated your staff about limiting access to sensitive information, locking up confidential paperwork, and securing the network.  But Latanya Sweeney, the FTC’s new Chief Technologist, just clued us in about a potential security vulnerability you,...
When: Wednesday, Feb. 5th, 2014 Time: 2pm-3pm ET Hashtag: #FTCpriv Twitter Account: @JulieBrillFTC Please join FTC Commissioner Julie Brill in a Twitter Chat to discuss data security, privacy, and the Internet of things.
On May 7, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission staff hosted a seminar on Consumer Generated and Controlled Health Data.
They’re incredibly valuable.  In the wrong hands, they can be dangerous.  And they’re in your workplace right now.  What are they?  Your employees’ Social Security numbers.   Are you taking commonsense steps to thwart tax identity theft at your business?
Back in the day, consumers looking for a personalized product had to settle for a monogrammed hanky.  GeneLink, Inc.
Two marketers of genetically customized nutritional supplements have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges of deceptive advertising for claims that their personalized nutritional supplements treat diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, insomnia, and other ailments.  The proposed...
We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating:  Glitch Happens.  In the case of Accretive Health, Inc., it was a laptop taken from the passenger compartment of an employee’s car.  What transformed this oops into a full-fledged uh-oh was that the laptop contained files with 20 million...
Accretive Health, Inc., a company that provides medical billing and revenue management services to hospitals around the country, has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that its inadequate data security measures unfairly exposed sensitive consumer information to the risk of theft or...
On February 19, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission staff hosted a seminar on Mobile Device Tracking.

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