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An overview of the FTC’s enforcement, policy initiatives, and consumer outreach and business guidance in the areas of privacy and data security, from January 2015-December 2015.
FTC and the IRS will co-host a webinar with information to assist victims of tax identity theft. Identity theft is growing, and the IRS has taken numerous steps to combat it and protect taxpayers. Learn what to look for and how to report tax related ID theft issues, and where to find...
The FTC, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide and AARP Fraud Watch Network will co-host a webinar at 2:00 p.m. EST addressing how tax identity theft happens, providing advice to minimize the risk of becoming a victim, and offering information about what to do if you become a victim. Open to the...
The FTC (@FTC) and the Department of Veteran Affairs (@DeptVetAffairs) will co-host a twitter chat about tax identity theft at 11:00 a.m. EST. Follow @milconsumer to join the conversation on #VeteranIDTheft and learn about how tax identity theft happens, how to minimize your risks,...
Experts from around the world have gathered today at PrivacyCon, the FTC’s first-ever confab to discuss the latest in consumer privacy and data security. And it’s much more than just talk. Leading academics and other experts will present new research on five key topics: the state of...
The Federal Trade Commission’s PrivacyCon event is being held tomorrow, Jan. 14, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Speakers will include FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, Commissioner Julie Brill and Chief Technologist Lorrie Cranor. The event will feature research presentations and policy discussions...
FTC and the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) will co-host a Twitter chat at 2:00 p.m. EST about tax ID theft – consumers can join the conversation on #IDTheftChat. Follow @FTC and @ITRCSD to ask questions and learn more about tax identity theft, how to protect yourself, and what...
After a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order resolving the Commission’s complaint against Craig Brittain, alleging he used deception to acquire and post intimate images of women, then referred them to another website he controlled, where they were told...
BCP Director Jessica Rich wrote a letter to the Federal Smart Grid Task Force, of the U.S. Department of Energy regarding their draft Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC) for protecting consumer energy use data. She suggested three changes to the draft VCC. First, she suggested adding a...
For a while now, pundits have been talking about the three V’s of big data: Volume – the vast quantity of information that can be gathered and analyzed; Velocity – the speed with which companies can accumulate, analyze, and use new data; and Variety – the breadth of data companies...
A new report from the Federal Trade Commission outlines a number of questions for businesses to consider to help ensure that their use of big data analytics, while producing many benefits for consumers, avoids outcomes that may be exclusionary or discriminatory. “Big data’s role is growing in...
When a company promises to encrypt dentists’ patient data, but fails to live up to established standards, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the FTC would bristle. A $250,000 proposed settlement with Henry Schein Practice Solutions, Inc., and a new FTC video remind companies to...
Henry Schein Practice Solutions, Inc. (“Schein”), the provider of leading office management software for dental practices, will pay $250,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission charges it falsely advertised the level of encryption it provided to protect patient data.

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