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News Story
10/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Trade Commission has served as businesses’ chief security enforcer for 13 years. When U.S. companies lose or expose customers’ personal data to hackers, they potentially have to also reckon with complaints from the government agency. If two companies suing the FTC—hotel operator Wyndham Worldwide and now-defunct...
News Story
10/8/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Twenty-five consumer groups urged the Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday to open an investigation into the recent Experian hack that exposed the personal information of nearly 15 million individuals. In a letter sent to FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez and CFPB Director Richard Cordray, the groups...
News Story
10/7/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Letter calls for investigation and asks ‘what’s the difference in security measures’ that allowed supposedly limited access to database of 200 million people Dozens of consumer privacy groups are calling for a US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation into the data breach at credit agency and data broker Experian, saying...
News Release
10/5/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog welcomed a ruling today by the Court of Justice of the European Union that invalidates the 15-year-old “Safe Harbor” deal that allowed Europeans’ personal information to be sent to the United States. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group called on Congress to enact...
News Story
9/24/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) might again be investigating Google for potentially anticompetitive practices, this time in relation to the company's handling of its Android mobile operating system and related apps. "Two people familiar with the matter" told Bloomberg that the FTC is in the early stages of an antitrust...
News Story
8/20/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Complaints to U.S. Federal Trade Commission about Ashley Madison show examples of people alleging false accounts made under their names. Complaints made against Ashley Madison show how difficult it is to know which names leaked this week were actual customers. Allegations filed with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission include one from a man whose...
News Story
7/30/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Association of National Advertisers is urging the Federal Trade Commission to reject a "misguided" effort to create a "right to be forgotten" in the United States. "Allowing the Right to Be Forgotten in the United States would cause serious and undue harm to the public’s right to determine for itself what is...
News Story
7/30/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
U.S. Regulators would be violating the First Amendment if they were to force Google and other search engines to delist certain irrelevant search results at a user’s request, a major advertising trade group said Friday.   The Association of National Advertisers sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission urging it to “forcefully...
News Story
7/30/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Advertisers group backs Google, privacy advocates not so much Not surprisingly, Google is resisting a demand that it broaden the "right to be forgotten" by censoring search results worldwide, saying that allowing one country to censor the Web worldwide would start a "race to the bottom." "We believe that no one country...
News Story
7/30/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission should reject a privacy group’s push to extend the E.U.’s controversial right to be forgotten rules to the U.S. because such regulations would have a “sweeping” negative effect on many U.S. companies, a trade group said. The FTC should dismiss a July 7 complaint from Consumer Watchdog...