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Over the past year, I have spoken to a large number of researchers at conferences (see for example my keynote presentation at SOUPS 2016) and in my visits to universities, and I have talked with them about the FTC’s mission to improve the welfare of US consumers. Many researchers have...
We are pleased to announce that OTech’s research on cross device tracking has been accepted for publication in the Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies, and is available online now. This paper stems from research OTech presented at the FTC Cross-Device Tracking workshop, and...
Earlier this year, I joined the FTC as the Research Director of our Office of Technology Research and Investigation. As a computer science PhD, the opportunity to conduct research relevant to consumer protection has been an immensely satisfying experience, so I wanted to share an...
With the FTC’s 2017 PrivacyCon event on January 12 and various other privacy-related events in the area that week, Washington, DC will see an influx of Privacy Researchers in early January. Given this short-term wealth of privacy experts, we’re taking the opportunity to host a pre-...
On September 15, 2016, the FTC convened a public workshop, Putting Disclosures to the Test, that examined ways of testing and evaluating the effectiveness of disclosures in communicating a wide range of information that consumers need to make informed decisions in the marketplace...
In June, the Commission announced its first settlement with a mobile advertising network, InMobi. Among other things, the Commission’s complaint challenges the company’s location tracking practices. In this post, we explain the mechanism that the Commission alleges InMobi used to...
In order to protect consumers in our tech economy, we could use the help of some smart and creative technologists. That’s why I’m headed to Las Vegas this week with members of the Office of Technology Research and Investigation and other FTC folks to attend BSidesLV and DEF CON. We...
The White House recently released the first ever United States “National Privacy Research Strategy,” which identifies priorities for privacy research funded by the Federal government. While focused on government, the strategy is also intended to spur similar private sector efforts. I...
A few weeks ago an unknown person walked into a mobile phone store, claimed to be me, asked to upgrade my mobile phones, and walked out with two brand new iPhones assigned to my telephone numbers. My phones immediately stopped receiving calls, and I was left with a large bill and the...
As we recently announced, the Federal Trade Commission will host a public workshop on September 15, 2016 to examine the testing and evaluation of disclosures that companies make to consumers about advertising claims, privacy practices, and other information. Our goal is to encourage...
Last week I spoke at a White House event “Opportunities & Challenges: Open Police Data and Ensuring the Safety and Security of Victims of Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Assault.” This event brought together representatives from government agencies, police departments, and...
Researchers, the FTC is interested in hearing from you! Last week we announced our Fall Technology Series on emerging consumer technology issues, and this week we announced our second PrivacyCon event. Both the technology series and PrivacyCon offer opportunities for researchers to...
This year I celebrated Data Privacy Day on January 28 by attending the Privacy Day events at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). It was a great opportunity for people to talk about privacy issues, hear about privacy research, and learn about some steps they can take to protect their...
We had a great turnout both in person and online for the FTC PrivacyCon event last week. About 400 people attended in person and over 1,500 people streamed the video online. I enjoyed the opportunity to talk in person with a large number of participants.
This is the third post in my series on privacy and security in mobile computing, which builds on the Commission’s 2013 mobile security workshop. In my last post, I concluded that – despite a history of usability concerns – permissions in mobile operating systems are clearly an...
Editor’s Note: As noted in a previous post, Tech@FTC is expanding to include posts by other technically minded staff at the Commission. This is the first in a series of blog posts by Nithan Sannappa, an attorney in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, that will explore...
The FTC released a staff report in late January that took a comprehensive look at the emerging “Internet of Things” and security, including secure APIs, authentication, and product updates, was a key theme.I’d like to briefly explain why I believe IoT security is so important and why...
Today the FTC announced that it has settled a complaint against RockYou, on charges that the company’s inadequate security led to a breach of consumer data, and that the company collected personal information from children it knew to be under 13 without parental consent.

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