Wyndham settles with FTC after being accused of exposing hundreds of thousands of payment cards’ information

Update on: Federal Trade Commission v. Wyndham Worldwide Corporation et al, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, case no. 13-cv-1887 On December 9, 2015, Wyndham agreed to settle FTC charges that the company “failed to provide reasonable and appropriate security for the personal information [it] collected” (here). According to the settlement agreement, […]


FTC and European DPAs discuss ways to improve privacy protection at the 2015 Amsterdam Privacy Conference

On October 23, 2015, FTC Commissioner Julie Brill gave the keynote at the Amsterdam Privacy Conference. According to her talk, the EU Court of Justice (ECJ) recent decision to hold Safe Harbour decision invalid (see here)  is an opportunity to improve privacy laws on both sides of the Atlantic. The ECJ decision highlighted “the need to have an […]

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FTC has authority to bring unfairness claims even without formally issuing regulations, the Third Circuit found

The US Court of Appeals for the Third District confirmed that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), does have authority to bring an unfairness claim involving data security breach without formally issuing regulations before bringing such claims. Background. As reported here, after several data breaches the FTC alleged that Wyndham “failed to provide reasonable and appropriate […]


FTC’s new Office of Technology Research and Investigation

On March 23, 2015, the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection announced the formation of its Office of Technology Research and Investigation. The office aims at ensuring that consumers enjoy technological progress without being placed at risk of deceptive and unfair practices. Follow us on& Like us on    

FTC provides recommendations to address IoT privacy and security challenges

On January 27, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission “FTC” released a detailed report on the Internet of Things (“IoT”), recommending a series of concrete steps for businesses to enhance and protect consumers’ privacy and security. The report includes several recommendations addressing four main topics. First, it recommends the implementation of security measures for companies developing […]

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Snapchat settles with FTC after being accused of deceiving consumers over the amount of personal data collected

On December 31, 2014, the FTC approved a final order settling charges that Snapchat – a popular mobile messaging application – deceived consumers over the amount of personal data it collected and the security measures taken to protect data from misuse and unauthorized disclosure. The final order prohibits Snapchat  from misrepresenting the extent to which it […]

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TRUSTe settles with FTC after being accused of failing to update privacy certifications

On November 17, 2014, TRUSTe and the FTC announced a proposed consent agreement after TRUSTe allegedly deceived consumers about its recertification program for the company’s privacy practices. TRUSTe is a corporation which offers several data privacy services to companies, including a variety of assessments and certifications, monitoring tools, and compliance controls. It also offers Certified […]

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Yelp and TinyCo settle with FTC after being sued for improper collection of minors’ data

FTC accused online review site Yelp, Inc., and mobile app developer TinyCo, Inc to have improperly collected children’s information in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. The companies agreed to settle. Yelp will pay a $450,000 civil penalty, while TinyCo will pay a $300,000 civil penalty. Related FTC’s press release here   Read more about […]

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FTC has the authority to bring unfairness claims for violation of data security even without issuing previous formal regulations

On April 7, 2014 a federal court held that FTC has the authority to bring unfair trade practice claims under the FTC Act for exposing consumers’ data to a security breach and need not issue formal regulations before. In the last ten years the FTC has brought many actions against entities for failing to safeguard […]

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