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John K. Higgins
FTC Signals Tougher Stance on Mobile Privacy Protection
03/29/18 7:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1163 Words

... device makers and telecom service providers need to make significant privacy protection improvements for their customers, according to a recent report from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. The report could become the basis for agency enforcement actions -- not only for smartphones, but...

David Jones
Zuckerberg Bobs, Weaves at Senate Hearing
04/11/18 4:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 797 Words

... CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday conceded that the company failed to inform the Federal Trade Commission that Cambridge Analytica had gained improper access to personal data belonging to millions of Facebook members, despite its 2011 settlement with the commission over earlier complaints of unauthorized...

David Jones
Mysterious Disappearance of Zuck Posts Rings Another Facebook Alarm Bell
04/09/18 11:59 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 716 Words

The disclosure about the secret deletion technology came as several major privacy watchdogs filed requests urging the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Facebook's use of facial recognition technology to identify photographic images on the site.

That practice violates a 2011 consent order Facebook...

John P. Mello Jr.
Facebook Phone-Scraping Takes Users by Surprise
03/27/18 7:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 938 Words

Meanwhile, the Federal Trade Commission added more pressure on Monday.

"The FTC takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook," said Tom Pahl, acting director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection. "Today, the FTC is...

David Jones
Lawmakers Lean In on Facebook
04/13/18 9:22 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1125 Words

Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., this week introduced the "CONSENT (Consumer Online Notification for Stopping Edge Provider Network Transgressions) Act," a bill that would require the Federal Trade Commission to establish consumer privacy protections on edge providers like Facebook, Google and similar firms.

Katherine Noyes
FTC Chief Balks at Google Recusal
12/14/07 10:39 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 984 Words

Google's proposed US$3.1 billion merger with DoubleClick encountered another stumbling block this week when two privacy groups filed a petition with the Federal Trade Commission , asking its chairwoman, Deborah Platt Majoras, to recuse herself from voting on the deal because of what they say...

Mark W. Bayer and Randy Gordon
Large Tech Firms: Beware of Obama Administration's Antitrust Plans
07/02/09 4:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 857 Words

Varney, the new assistant attorney general in charge of the Antitrust Division, stated that "the Antitrust Division will be aggressively pursuing cases where monopolists try to use their dominance in the marketplace to stifle competition and harm consumers." The withdrawn report, "Competition and Monopoly: Single-Firm Conduct Under Section 2 of the Sherman Act," was issued in September of 2008, after a series of hearings conducted by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission ...

Richard Adhikari and John K. Higgins
Tech Industry Lambasts New FCC Privacy Rules
11/01/16 1:20 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1094 Words

The new rules are consistent with the Federal Trade Commission's privacy framework and the administration's Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, the FCC said.

The rules establish three approaches to information use and sharing: Sharing sensitive information requires customer opt-in. Sensitive information includes...

John K. Higgins
FCC's Internet Privacy Proposal Sparks Congressional Action
07/05/16 10:12 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1240 Words

ISPs and other e-commerce entities claim that the FCC is exceeding its legal authority, and that the e-commerce privacy regulation regime already established by the Federal Trade Commission is sufficient. They not only have submitted critical comments to the FCC, but also have taken...

Teri Robinson
Consumer Groups Demand U.S. Spam Ban
09/05/02 12:05 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 503 Words

... coalition of consumer groups has petitioned the Federal Trade Commission to step up its efforts to ban spam . The Telecommunications Research and Action Center (TRAC), the National Consumers League and Consumer Action told the commission that the sending of unsolicited commercial e-mail should...

John K. Higgins
FTC Debates Cybersecurity Injury Standard
01/05/16 7:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1134 Words

... U.S. Federal Trade Commission is engaged in an internal struggle over how it should assess the effect on consumers when businesses fail to provide proper e-commerce security. The outcome of the debate will have a significant impact on the FTC's ability to initiate cybersecurity...

John K. Higgins
Major Challenge to FTC's Cybersecurity Authority Evaporates
12/28/15 10:15 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1233 Words

... U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Wyndham Worldwide earlier this month reached a settlement over allegations that the company violated federal law regarding the protection of customer records. The settlement could have a significant impact on e-commerce in that it ended a major legal challenge...

John K. Higgins
Legislation Aims to Bring Product Warranties Into the Internet Age
08/17/15 11:28 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 961 Words

The bill, which was approved in the Senate last month, is designed to facilitate the use of electronic media for product warranties covered by Federal Trade Commission regulations.

The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on commerce, manufacturing and trade later in the month advanced...

John K. Higgins
FTC, Private Sector Lock Horns Over Consumer Data Protection
02/25/15 5:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1292 Words

Perhaps just as significant in e-commerce security, but below the conventional news radar, was a 2014 federal court ruling which allows the Federal Trade Commission to continue penalizing commercial firms for failure to protect consumer data from hackers.

That decision has been challenged, and...

John K. Higgins
Court Bolsters FTC's Authority to Regulate Cybersecurity
09/16/15 10:29 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1132 Words

The ruling, issued in late August, stemmed from litigation involving the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Wyndham Worldwide , an operator of hotels and resorts.

The FTC had filed a complaint in U.S. district court, charging Wyndham with engaging in unfair business practices...

John K. Higgins
FTC Issues Regulatory Warning on Big Data Use
01/20/16 5:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1177 Words

... U.S. Federal Trade Commission is extending its regulatory reach to the e-commerce impact of big data. For years, the FTC has asserted vigorously its authority to apply existing consumer protection laws to emerging developments in the realm of information technology.

Now it is...

Keith Regan
FTC Blesses Google-DoubleClick Union Despite Privacy Furor
12/20/07 11:17 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 892 Words

Google received an early holiday present from federal regulators Thursday, as the Federal Trade Commission granted a wish the search giant has had on its list since April -- approval to complete its purchase of interactive advertising agency DoubleClick . The Federal Trade Commission authorized...

Clare Saliba
U.S. Sues Three Data-Mining Tech Firms
04/19/01 5:39 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 554 Words

... an effort to crack down on data-mining firms that obtain personal information from consumers through fraud , the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced Wednesday it had filed suit against three firms that it alleged unlawfully obtained and sold confidential financial data . The...

Lori Enos & John L. Micek
U.S. Agency Says E-Commerce Is Fertile Ground for Fraud
04/06/01 7:41 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 612 Words

... Internet promises a number of benefits to consumers and the economy, but there is "a real danger" that those benefits will not be realized if consumers identify the Internet with fraud operators, a U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) official testified Thursday. "The boom in...

John P. Mello Jr.
Privacy as a Service Advocates Promise Better Data Protection
01/14/16 11:05 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 2014 Words

The Federal Trade Commission announces that Henry Schein Practice Solutions will pay $250,000 to settle FTC charges that it falsely advertised the strength of encryption it uses to protect patient data. Jan. 4. The Dutch executive cabinet issues a strong statement against weakening encryption to...

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