The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Wednesday approved a final settlement with fourteen companies that allegedly breached the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor treaty, which requires U.S. companies to adhere to the EU’s privacy laws in their storage of EU customer data. As a result of the settlements, the companies — including BitTorrent, DataMotion, Level 3 Communications, Apperian and others — must not misrepresent themselves if they say they are complying with government-sponsored privacy or data security programs or “any other self-regulatory or standard-setting organization.” The FTC filed its original complaint in January.
An FTC investigation into nine big data brokers shows how the companies use inferences to create categories like “Urban Scramble” and “Expectant Parent.”
In an unusual letter, the FTC warned Facebook to respect existing privacy commitments by WhatsApp, the messaging service it acquired in February.
What happens if you install secret tracking software on the phones of tens of millions of people and sell their location to advertisers? Not much, if a new FTC order is anything to go by.
Daniel Kaufman, the deputy director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, took to the stage at Structure:Data 2014 to explain the challenges faced by the agency in this age of big data.
Private data brokers, which compile everything from our sex habits to our license plate license location, are a growing cause of concern.
The FTC announced it is taking action against companies that failed to comply with treaty rules for storing EU customer data. The move comes at a sensitive time for the cloud computing industry.
Did your kids rack up a bunch of app purchases on Apple devices without your knowledge? You may be eligible for a refund as a result of a new FTC settlement.
We may think we’re used to the potential harms of sharing too much data on social networks, but what happens when passive data collection from sensors can be shared –sometimes without your knowledge?