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Today’s Business Blog post is brought to you by the letters C-O-P-P-A. If your website or online service is covered by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, you’re readying your business for the changes that go into effect on July 1, 2013. For the benefit of those looking for...
As part of an ongoing effort to help businesses comply with the requirements of the updated Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule, the Federal Trade Commission sent educational letters to more than 90 businesses that may be affected by the changes.
Have you marked your calendar for July 1, 2013?  As the FTC announced in December 2012, that’s the date revisions to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule take effect.  If COPPA compliance is on your “to do” list, you’ll want to stay in the know about two related developments...
Those people who approached you to buy information about consumers and said they needed it for things like determining creditworthiness, suitability for employment, or eligibility for insurance?  They may really have been FTC staffers checking if companies were complying with the...
The Federal Trade Commission sent letters to ten data broker companies warning that their practices could violate the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) after a test-shopping operation by the FTC indicated the companies were willing to sell consumer information without abiding by FCRA requirements.
The Federal Trade Commission testified before a U.S. Senate Commerce subcommittee on a recent FTC study examining the accuracy of consumer credit reports, as well as the agency’s efforts to improve credit report accuracy through enforcement and education.
When it comes to older consumers, the usual anti-identity theft advice still applies.  But as we get older, we’re more likely to receive government benefits, visit the doctor regularly, or ponder a move to Del Boca Vista Phase 3 — lifestyle changes that may present different kinds of...
The Federal Trade Commission will host a one-day workshop on senior identity theft on May 7, 2013, in Washington, D.C., and invites participants watching the webcast to submit questions to panelists online.
The Federal Trade Commission voted unanimously to retain the July 1, 2013 date for implementation of the updated Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule.  In a letter to industry organizations that had requested that the Commission reconsider the July 1 date, the Commission noted that...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Cbr Systems, Inc. failed to protect the security of customers’ personal information and that its inadequate security practices led to a breach that exposed the Social Security numbers...
When the topic turns to debt collection, some people assume the only thing that changes hands is money.  But there’s another important consideration:  the life cycle of consumer information as it flows through the debt collection process.  That's the subject of Life of a Debt: Data...
A lot has been happening on the COPPA front.  A few years ago, the FTC announced it was taking a fresh look at the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule to make sure it was keeping up with the times.  Hundreds attended a national workshop to offer their candid assessment of what...
The Federal Trade Commission has issued an updated set of frequently asked questions designed to help website operators, mobile application developers, plug-ins and advertising networks operating on child-directed websites and online services prepare for upcoming changes to the Children’s Online...
Consumer advocates, government officials and representatives of private industry will take part in the May 7 Federal Trade Commission workshop titled “Senior Identity Theft: A Problem in this Day and Age.” The workshop will take place during Older Americans Month and address areas of identity...
In a comment submitted to the Social Security Administration, the staff of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection expressed support for an SSA proposal designed to protect children from identity theft. Staff also recommended two refinements to the SSA proposal to provide...
The people with really cool glasses and fancier gadgets than the rest of us call it "the Internet of Things" — the fact that everyday devices are starting to communicate with each other and with us.  Already we can use a smartphone to start the car, turn on the AC before we get home...
The staff of the Federal Trade Commission is interested in the consumer privacy and security issues posed by the growing connectivity of consumer devices, such as cars, appliances, and medical devices, and invites comments on these issues in advance of a public workshop to be held on November 21,...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved nine final orders settling charges that seven rent-to-own companies and a software design firm and its two principals spied on consumers using computers that consumers rented from them. The companies used software to take...
Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez released the agency’s 2012-2013 Annual Highlights today at the Spring Meeting of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law in Washington, D.C., recognizing the FTC’s continued efforts to protect consumers and promote competition.
If you’re a victim of identity theft or know someone who is, the Federal Trade Commission has a new video designed to help facilitators who assist consumers in repairing their identity.  Helping Victims of Identity Theft is the latest addition to the FTC’s library of resources that explain not...

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