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Letter Expressing the Federal Trade Commission’s Commitment to Protecting Consumer Privacy and the Enforcement of the Safe Harbor Program
When it comes to the collection of personal information from children under 13, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) puts parents in control.  The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, enforces the COPPA Rule, which spells out what...
INTRODUCTION ACCURACY Guidelines for Policies and Procedures Correct and Update Information Furnishing Specific Items DISPUTES Disputes to CRAs Disputes to Furnishers ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
An estimated nine million Americans have their identities stolen each year. Identity thieves may drain accounts, damage credit, and even put medical treatment at risk. The cost to business — left with unpaid bills racked up by scam artists — can be staggering, too.
Congratulations!  The app business is burgeoning and you’ve decided to get in on the boom.  Maybe you work for an exciting start-up or are striking out on your own.  Regardless of the size of your business, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) — the nation’s consumer protection agency...
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule seeks to put parents in control of what information commercial websites collect from their children online.  Most companies that run websites directed to children under 13 are aware of their responsibilities under the COPPA Rule.  But if...
Your company has job vacancies to fill. You're also thinking about promoting some employees from within the company. You've winnowed down the stack of applications and resumes and want to run background checks through a third party company who is in the business of compiling...
Although identity theft is usually associated with financial transactions, it also happens in the context of medical care. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), medical identity theft occurs when someone uses another person’s name or insurance information to get medical...
More and more, personal medical information is online. For most hospitals, doctors’ offices, and insurance companies, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) governs the privacy and security of health records stored online. But many web-based businesses that...
Most businesses collect and store sensitive information about their employees and customers, like Social Security numbers, credit card and account information, and medical and other personal data. Many of them have a legal obligation to protect this information. If it gets into the...
Do you use email in your business? The CAN-SPAM Act, a law that sets the rules for commercial email, establishes requirements for commercial messages, gives recipients the right to have you stop emailing them, and spells out tough penalties for violations.
Does your business or organization have a website that allows people to maintain their medical information online? Do you provide applications for personal health records – say, a device that allows people to upload readings from a blood pressure cuff or pedometer into their personal...
Slip Showing? Federal Law Requires All Businesses to Truncate Credit Card Information on Receipts
Federal Law Requires All Businesses to Truncate Credit Card Information on ReceiptsWhat’s on the credit and debit card receipts you give your customers? The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, says it’s time for companies to check their receipts...
Many companies collect personal information from their customers, including names, addresses, and phone numbers; bank and credit card account numbers; income and credit histories; and Social Security numbers. The Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLB) Act requires companies defined under the law as...

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