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FTC Settles Enforcement Actions Relating to Privacy Shield Certifications

On September 3, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced settlement agreements with five companies for alleged false claims of certification under the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield frameworks (collectively, “Privacy Shield”).  These settlements indicate that the FTC is continuing to actively enforce Privacy Shield commitments, as it has done with respect to several other … Continue Reading

FTC Settles COPPA Charges With Two App Developers

Two app developers, LAI Systems, LLC and Retro Dreamer, have settled charges with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging that the companies shared children’s personal information with third-party advertising networks in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule. These cases are the first in which the FTC alleged that companies allowed ad … Continue Reading

Court Finds FTC Entitled to Partial Summary Judgment Against Dish Network for Telemarketing Violations

Last month a federal court found Dish Network liable for calls that were alleged by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) to violate various provisions of the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (“TSR”).  Specifically, the FTC’s 2009 complaint asserted that Dish Network initiated, or caused a telemarketer to initiate, calls to numbers on the National Do Not … Continue Reading

FTC Alleges TRUSTe’s Certified Privacy Seals Misled Consumers

Last week, TRUSTe, Inc. (“TRUSTe”) settled Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) charges that it misrepresented its certification programs and non-profit status to consumers.  TRUSTe offers clients Certified Privacy Seals, representing to consumers that the website, software, data processing service, or mobile application is compliant with the relevant TRUSTe program.  These programs include specifications related to transparency … Continue Reading

FTC Settlement Requires Fandango and Credit Karma to Establish Comprehensive Security Programs to Protect Consumers’ Sensitive Personal Information

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has approved final orders settling charges against Fandango and Credit Karma that the companies misrepresented the security of their mobile apps and failed to protect the transmission of consumers’ sensitive personal information.  The FTC specifically alleged that, although the companies made security promises to consumers that their information was adequately … Continue Reading

FCC Obtains Record $7.5 Million Settlement With Sprint for Alleged Do-Not-Call Violations

Earlier this week, the FCC announced that mobile wireless company Sprint will pay $7.5 million to resolve allegations that the company failed to honor consumer requests to be placed on Sprint’s entity-specific Do-Not-Call list.  The settlement represents the largest of its kind between the FCC and a carrier. Through this settlement agreement, which follows a … Continue Reading

FTC Announces $32.5M Settlement with Apple, Inc., May Be Seen as Expanding its “Unfairness” Authority

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) recently announced a settlement with Apple, Inc. over allegations that the company billed parents and other account holders for children’s in-app activities without obtaining the account holders’ express and informed consent. The FTC’s complaint alleged that Apple’s failure to obtain express and informed consent prior to each in-app purchase constituted … Continue Reading

HTC America Settles FTC Charges It Failed to Secure Mobile Devices

Mobile device manufacturer HTC America has settled Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) charges that the company failed to take reasonable steps to secure the software it developed for its smartphones and tablet computers, introducing security flaws that placed sensitive information about millions of consumers at risk.  The settlement requires HTC America to develop and release software … Continue Reading

Court Approves $22.5 Million Google Settlement

A U.S. district court has approved the Federal Trade Commission’s $22.5 million settlement with Google.  The FTC had charged that Google misrepresented to users of Apple’s Safari browser that it would not place tracking cookies or serve targeted ads to those users, violating an earlier privacy settlement between the company and the FTC.  The settlement is … Continue Reading

FTC Imposes $1 Million Fine Against Musicians’ Fan Websites for COPPA Violations

By Lindsey Tonsager and Mike Nonaka On October 2, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission filed a proposed consent decree resolving claims that Artist Arena LLC violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by collecting and disclosing email addresses, birth dates and other personal information from more than 100,000 children younger than the age of … Continue Reading

FTC Approves MySpace Settlement

Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) approved an agreement with MySpace to settle charges that the company misrepresented the extent to which it shared personal information with third-party advertisers.  MySpace’s privacy policy suggested that it would not share personally identifiable information (“PII”) with third parties without the user’s permission, but the Commission alleged that this … Continue Reading

Netflix to Settle Video Privacy Suit

According to court documents filed last week, Netflix has agreed to change its data storage practices and pay about $9 million to settle allegations that it unlawfully retained and disclosed customers’ video-viewing histories.  Specifically, Netflix agreed to decouple viewing history from identification information once users have been inactive for a year; to pay $30,000 to … Continue Reading

MySpace Settles FTC Charges

Yesterday, the FTC announced that MySpace has agreed to settle charges that it engaged in deceptive practices by disclosing personal information to third parties despite statements in its privacy policy suggesting it would not engage in such sharing.  The proposed settlement with MySpace reflects the FTC’s continuing concern with the privacy practices of social networking … Continue Reading

RockYou Reaches Settlement With FTC Over Child Privacy and Data Security Allegations

Recently, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it has settled charges against RockYou, a game and entertainment website.  The FTC alleged that RockYou knowingly collected email addresses and passwords and other information from 179,000 children without their parents’ consent.  It also alleged that RockYou failed to employ adequate security features to protect the information of … 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

Facebook’s FTC Agreement: What Does It Mean For Me?

Last week, the FTC announced that it has agreed to end its 18-month investigation of Facebook’s privacy practices, with a settlement that involved a twenty-year compliance plan and specific steps to formalize privacy within Facebook’s organization.  Though the proposed settlement, which will now be open for public comment, has met with a range of reactions, … Continue Reading

Google Buzz FTC Settlement Accepted

Following a public comment period that began in March of this year, the Federal Trade Commission has accepted as final a settlement with Google relating to the social network “Buzz” product that was launched in 2010.  (For more details about the Buzz product and its launch see Inside Privacy’s prior post, here).  As the Commission’s … Continue Reading
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