Tag: Privacy and Security

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Every company takes a different approach to how it collects, maintains, and shares consumers’ personal information. Companies that want to do right by their customers are careful to explain how they handle that data. That way, consumers will know how their data will be treated. But...
The FTC keeps its finger on the pulse of markets, channeling its resources to protect consumers from deceptive and unfair practices involving new technologies. A few years ago, we created the Mobile Technology Unit to help bring consumer protection into the mobile era. Staffers...
Parents and educators have been thinking a lot lately about the interplay between schools and the FTC’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule. So we’ve revised our COPPA FAQs to address the questions you’re asking.
The desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone and wireless wearable. Perhaps the only device we used yesterday that wasn’t connected to the internet was the crockpot. And it may know more than it’s telling.
If your company transfers consumer data from the European Union to the U.S., you’ll want to know about the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Program, a voluntary international privacy framework that lets companies transfer data from the EU to the U.S. in a way that complies with EU law.
Does your app collect users’ locations? Is that happening even when they’re not using the app?  Savvy developers understand the importance of giving consumers a clear picture of what’s going on. The FTC has advice on making your practices more transparent.

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A GUIDE FOR BUSINESS AND PARENTSAND SMALL ENTITY COMPLIANCE GUIDE (March 20, 2015:  FAQ M.1, M.4, and M.5 revised.  FAQ M.6 deleted)
Under European Union (EU) law, personal data – including your name, address or social networking profile – can only be gathered legally under specific conditions, for a legitimate purpose. Companies in the EU that collect and manage your personal information must protect it from...

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After a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order resolving the Commission’s complaint against TRUSTe, Inc. for deceiving consumers about its privacy seal program.
Your email has been hacked – what do you do?Your computer has been hijacked by malware – how do you get it back?Whether you’re unsure or you’re the person your friends always turn to with these kinds of questions, the Federal Trade Commission has created two videos, in English and Spanish, to help...
In testimony before Congress today, the Federal Trade Commission provided feedback on proposed data security legislation pending before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
The Federal Trade Commission will host a workshop on Nov. 16, 2015, to examine the privacy issues around the tracking of consumers’ activities across their different devices for advertising and marketing purposes.
The Federal Trade Commission has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Dutch Data Protection Authority to enhance information sharing and enforcement cooperation on privacy-related matters.
After a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved final orders resolving complaints that PaymentsMD, LLC and its former CEO, Michael C. Hughes, violated consumers’ privacy by collecting personal medical information without their consent.
Following a public comment period and review of AgeCheq, Inc.’s second proposed Children’s Online Privacy Protection (COPPA) Rule verifiable parental consent method, the Federal Trade Commission has denied the company’s application. 

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Not long ago, consumers accessed the Internet primarily through the browser on their desktop or laptop PC.  While the PC remains a fixture for many, today’s typical consumer relies on a variety of different connected devices to navigate their daily lives.  Examples include consulting...

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