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The Federal Trade Commission has given final approval to a settlement with Lenovo Inc., related to charges that the company harmed consumers by pre-loading software on some laptops that compromised security protections in order to deliver ads to consumers.
One Direction had a hit with a song called “18,” but the FTC’s recent law enforcement and policy initiatives suggest that the agency will continue to pursue many directions in its efforts to protect consumers in ‘18. (Sorry. We’re expecting a fresh shipment of pop culture references...
Federal Trade Commission Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen issued the following statement in response to today’s vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the Restoring Internet Freedom Order:
After the Equifax breach, your customers, clients, and employees may be coming to you with questions. Some people are considering placing a fraud alert on their credit file. Others are thinking about freezing or locking their credit files to help prevent identity thieves from opening...
The Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced their intent to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under which the two agencies would coordinate online consumer protection efforts following the adoption of the Restoring Internet Freedom Order. 
It’s a challenging trade-off. Consumer information is often at the heart of technological innovation and the benefits can be substantial. But what about the injury people may experience when information about them is misused? Informational injury is the topic under discussion at an...
The Federal Trade Commission gave final approval to settlements with three companies that deceived consumers by falsely claiming participation in the European Union-United States Privacy Shield framework.
For college students building their resumes, that camp counselor gig is nice – but what about participating in a session at an international conference of privacy and data security experts?
You’re a tax professional and you’ve just learned that your business experienced a data breach. Whether hackers took client information from your server, an insider stole client information, or the information was exposed inadvertently, you’re probably wondering what to do next...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order with the operator of a Georgia-based online tax preparation service settling allegations that it violated federal rules on financial privacy and security.
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 3-4 pm ET / 1-2 pm MT / noon-1 pm PT.To join on November 16, 1 pm MT/Noon PT: Call: 1-(800) 230-1059 and give the operator the webinar name: Fighting Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft in IdahoClick this link to join the webinar: https://ftcevents.webex....
You’ve read recent news stories about a vulnerability discovered in the WPA2 encryption standard. (Some reports refer to it as KRACK – Key Reinstallation Attack.) Should this be of concern to your business? Yes. Does it warrant further action at your company? Absolutely.
Acting Federal Trade Commission Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen has issued the following statement regarding the release of the European Commission’s Report on the first annual review of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework.
You’ve heard about the “dark web” and wondered how it affects businesses – including small businesses. That was one of the topics addressed at an FTC conference earlier this year on identity theft. Recent headlines about high-profile data breaches have added even more urgency to the...
In our Stick with Security blog series, we’ve done our best to dive deeper into data security by focusing on the lessons learned from recent cases, insights from closed investigations, and the questions and comments we’ve received from businesses.
For businesses, the key to safeguarding sensitive information is to start with security. The Start with Security brochure and videos released in 2015 offer practical tips to take from the FTC’s 60+ data security cases.
If you own a small business or work for one, you’re probably concerned with protecting your business’ data. You want to make sure that sensitive information isn’t accidentally deleted, turned over to a scammer, or hacked. So this week, during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month,...

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