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“The Federal Trade Commission works for America’s consumers in every community.” I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve said those words or heard them from my colleagues – and that’s a good thing. Of course, business owners are consumers, too, and the FTC works for you in two ways....
If you and your clients are concerned about data security – and aren’t we all? – the FTC has something old, something new, and something on the horizon you need to know about.
The Federal Trade Commission is expanding its efforts to help businesses protect consumers’ information through a new initiative that will provide them with more information on data security.
The FTC’s second “Start With Security” event will take place on November 5, 2015, in Austin, Texas, and will be co-sponsored by the University of Texas Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law.  This one-day conference will continue the FTC’s work to provide...
The Federal Trade Commission has proposed an amendment to its rules under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act to allow auto dealers that finance car purchases or provide car leases to provide online updates to consumers about their privacy policies as opposed to sending yearly updates by mail.
A natural disaster can wreak havoc on any business. But it’s even worse when that real-world catastrophe becomes a data security calamity. Before the summer storm season arrives, get your business ready. Just like you gather flashlights, bottled water, and emergency supplies, you can...
The FTC's first “Start With Security” conference is scheduled for September 9, 2015, in San Francisco, and is co-sponsored by the University of California Hastings College of the Law. It is part of a business education initiative designed to provide companies with practical resources...
The Federal Trade Commission and the Office of the New York State Attorney General have announced the speakers for the “Debt Collection Dialogue” the two agencies will host in Buffalo, NY, on June 15, 2015.
After a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved final orders resolving the Commission’s complaints against TES Franchising, LLC and American International Mailing, Inc., for deceiving consumers about their participation in international privacy frameworks.
It’s a question we’re asked a lot. “What happens if I’m the target of an FTC investigation involving data security?” We understand – no one wants to get that call. But we hope we can shed some light on what a company can expect. First things first. All of our investigations are...
In the immortal words of renowned legal scholar Yogi Berra, it’s “déjà vu all over again.” A national company is in bankruptcy court and an issue has arisen regarding the possible sale of consumers’ personal information, at least some of which was collected with the express promise...
In a letter to the court-appointed consumer privacy ombudsman in the bankruptcy case of the electronics retailer RadioShack, Federal Trade Commission Consumer Protection Director Jessica Rich recommended conditions the court could place on the sale of consumers’ personal information to protect...
Maybe it’s a suspicious tax document flagged by your HR staff or a customer concern about an unauthorized charge. Identity theft can reveal itself in many ways. Regardless of the tip-off, there’s a new one-stop federal resource – IdentityTheft.gov – to help people report and recover...
Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez announced that Katherine Race Brin will serve as the FTC’s Chief Privacy Officer (CPO), succeeding Peter Miller.“I am very pleased to announce Katie Race Brin’s appointment as the FTC’s new Chief Privacy Officer,” Ramirez said. “Katie has served as...
According to the proverbs of Solomon, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” Of course, there’s no one-size-fits-all plan to guarantee the security of personal information in your company’s possession. But one effective strategy is to consider what...
As the FTC staff discussed at a seminar about consumer generated and controlled health data, people are turning to apps, devices, and websites to manage their own health information. Yesterday we talked about the contours of the compliance landscape.
With the help of innovative businesses, consumers are taking a more active role in managing their health information. How? Maybe it’s an app that monitors their exercise habits, a device that lets diabetics track glucose levels, or a site where patients with the same condition share...
The Federal Trade Commission and the Office of the New York Attorney General will host an event on June 15, 2015, in Buffalo, New York, to discuss consumer protection issues with the debt collection industry. This will be the first of several “Debt Collection Dialogues” the FTC will hold around...
Is your business breaking into the latest mobile device tracking technologies? If so, remember that the FTC Act still applies. Your business’ basic legal obligation to keep its promises is just as important when using emerging technologies as it is in other contexts.

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