Tag Archives: Privacy by Design

Privacy by Design for smart meters

As states are initiating docket proceedings related to smart meter privacy and passing privacy protection legislation to regulate utility providers utilizing smart meters, it is interesting to note how one utility provider has taken steps towards protecting consumer privacy.  San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is a utility provider based in southern California.  California has … Continue Reading

Federal Trade Commission Releases Privacy Report

Following more than a year of deliberation, the Federal Trade Commission today released its seminal report on consumer privacy, entitled Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change.  The report contains “best practices” for businesses as well as recommendations to Congress for legislation.  The final report issued today builds upon and revises a preliminary … Continue Reading

Upromise Settles FTC Privacy Charges

Yesterday, the FTC announced that it has settled charges against Upromise, Inc., a company that enables consumers to receive rebates when shopping at partner merchants.  (The rebates are placed in college savings accounts—hence Upromise’s name.)  According to the Commission’s complaint, Upromise offered online users a toolbar feature, which, when downloaded, would highlight Upromise’s partners in … Continue Reading

Social Media: Legal Risks and Rewards

Your company has just launched an innovative new social media service, and you’ve received fanfare from the press, increased website traffic, and a spike in advertising revenues.  In short, the service is a complete success — until you’re served with a class action complaint seeking millions of dollars in damages and a civil investigative demand … Continue Reading

Regulators Take Aim at Social Networking Privacy

Over the past few weeks, online publishers have seen regulators’ focus on privacy in the social media context reach the boiling point.  Just this week, Politico reported that FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz confirmed in a letter to Sen. Mark Pryor that “FTC staff are carefully monitoring the privacy and security issues associated with social networking … Continue Reading

“Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act” Introduced in Senate

Today, Senators John Kerry and John McCain introduced the much-anticipated “Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2011,” a bill that would require businesses that collect, use, store or transfer consumer information to implement strong privacy protections in the development of their products and to provide consumers with meaningful choices about how their data is collected, … Continue Reading

Netflix, Redbox Sued for Allegedly Violating Renters’ Privacy

Two of the country’s largest video rental services, Netflix and Redbox, have been sued for allegedly violating the federal Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”).  The plaintiffs in both suits contend that the rental services stored information about their rental histories for long after that information had ceased being “necessary” to provide the services for which … Continue Reading

Open Data Partnership Will Give Consumers Access To Online Profiles

On the heels of last week’s release of a proposed consumer privacy report by the FTC, a group of businesses that track online behavior announced that they will give consumers access to information collected about their interests.  The Open Data Partnership will also allow consumers to edit this online profile information.  This service, which will launch … Continue Reading

FTC Announces Proposed Framework for Regulating Consumer Privacy

The FTC today released its long-anticipated privacy report, “Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change.”  The report proposes a new privacy framework that would apply broadly to online and offline commercial entities that collect, maintain, share, or otherwise use consumer data that can be reasonably linked to a specific consumer, computer, or device. … Continue Reading