FTC approves settlement with countries that allegedly violated U.S.-EU Safe Harbor treaty

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.

For the FTC, privacy is an ecosystem issue

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.