Looking back at privacy in 2016, and on to the future

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Protecting consumers’ privacy and personal data has long been a priority at the FTC. Over the years, we’ve helped millions of identity theft victims recover from that crime. We created the National Do Not Call Registry to limit unwanted telemarketing, and we continue to fight illegal robocalls. And we’ve brought more than sixty cases against companies that didn’t take reasonable steps to protect people’s data.

But we’re not living in the past. Among our recent cases: a settlement with Ashley Madison over the company’s lax data security and misleading claims; our first case against an education lead generator for misleading people about how their information would be used; and a case against a company that marketed internet routers with serious security flaws. Want to know what else we’ve been up to lately? Check out our 2016 Privacy & Data Security Update for summaries of our key cases, workshops, reports and education projects.

Now we’re looking ahead to 2017 and beyond. Just last week, we hosted a diverse group of stakeholders who discussed the latest research and trends related to consumer privacy and data security at our second PrivacyCon.

And on Wednesday, January 25, at 3 p.m. EST, we’ll be participating in a Data Privacy Day Twitter chat for businesses sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance. Follow us at @FTC and join the conversation using the #ChatSTC and #PrivacyAware hashtags. Participants will discuss strategies businesses can use to address customers’ preferences about privacy and steps they can take to safeguard data. On Thursday, January 26, Nithan Sannappa, a senior attorney in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, will present at a Data Privacy Day event live from Twitter HQ.

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