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Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order resolving FTC allegations that GMR Transcription Services, Inc., engaged in deceptive and unfair information security practices that exposed the personal information of thousands of consumers online, in some...
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved final orders settling charges against Fandango, Inc. and Credit Karma, Inc.
The Federal Trade Commission has announced an agenda for its upcoming workshop, “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?” taking place at 8 a.m. on Sept. 15 in Washington, D.C.
A new staff report issued by the Federal Trade Commission finds that many mobile apps for use in shopping do not provide consumers with important information – such as how the apps manage payment-related disputes or handle consumer data – prior to download.
After a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved final orders that settle charges against 14 companies for falsely claiming to participate in the international privacy framework known as the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor. Three of the companies were also charged with similar...
The Federal Trade Commission testified before Congress on the Commission's efforts to address the privacy concerns raised by the tracking of information about consumers’ location, as well as proposed legislation to protect the privacy of geolocation data.
In a report on the data broker industry, the FTC finds that data brokers operate with a fundamental lack of transparency.
The Federal Trade Commission has authorized staff of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection to send a letter to the court overseeing the bankruptcy proceedings of education technology company ConnectEdu raising concerns about the proposed sale of the company’s assets, which include student...
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Whether it’s advances in medical research, making sure buses are where they need to be during rush hour, or reducing how long consumers are stuck on hold listening to canned music, Big Data promises a lot for the future. But what are the risks it could be used to disadvantage some...
Whether by click, tap, swipe, or scan, apps now offer a variety of beneficial services that can enhance consumers’ shopping experience. These services help consumers compare prices in-store, load the latest deals, and make purchases – all from the convenience of their phone. To...
Ahab hunts big fish.
Captain and whaling boat sink.Ishmael prevails.Sometimes you want to read all 209,117 words of Moby Dick. Other times a haiku will do. Sometimes you want an in-depth analysis of the FTC’s enforcement, rulemaking, research, education, and international efforts...
Type “big data” into a search engine and you’ll get more than 300 million results. Consider the amount of personal information actually in the hands of data brokers and add a string of zeroes to that. There are lots of valid purposes for using that data – verifying identity and...
So a company is going great guns and collects massive amounts of personal information from consumers with the express promise it won’t share it with third parties. Stuff happens and the company finds itself in Bankruptcy Court. If you followed the FTC action in Toysmart or read the...
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Appended to Cliffdale Associates, Inc., 103 F.T.C. 110, 174 (1984).
The Honorable John D. Dingell
Chairman Committee on Energy and Commerce
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Mr. Chairman:
This letter responds to the Committee's inquiry regarding the Commission's...
Filtering by content type: Report
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 2013-March 2014.
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FTC Hosts Twitter Chat, Wednesday, May 28, 2:00-3:00 EDT
FTC staff hosted a Twitter chat to discuss the new data broker report.
Follow @FTC, and use the hashtag: #BigData. See FTC Twitter chats to learn more.