Category Archives: Federal Trade Commission

Mergers, Acquisitions and Combining Data

An article in PC World tells us of renewed interest in privacy issues that sometimes arise in mergers and acquisitions. The particular subject of that interest is pooling personal information after the merger or acquisition – combining the personal information … Continue reading

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The Federal Trade Commission Wants In On Big Data Regulation

The FTC has a tendency to see a role anywhere it wants to see a role. As described on its website, the FTC has a very broad mandate. Among other things, the FTC has the authority to investigate and prosecute … Continue reading

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The Federal Trade Commission Wants Transparency in Data Practices – But FTC Commissioners Are Not Transparent about Their Activities

It appears that we’ve got a problem with FTC Commissioners having undisclosed meetings with business representatives and business groups.  At a time when the FTC is seeking to expand its authority over data and privacy matters this is particularly troubling. … Continue reading

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Data Governance and the Law – Facebook’s Acquisition of WhatsApp Might Bring Some Needed Clarity

By now it should be clear to everyone that when you have a privacy policy you are expected to abide by the terms of that policy.  So, for example, if your privacy policy says you will not disclose any personal … Continue reading

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The Internet of Things Strikes Again – FTC Settles with Rent-to-Own Spies

So these rent-to-own businesses were using the computers rented to their customers to spy on the customers.  See the FTC notice of settlement here.  Not just the webcam, as was the case in situations we discussed earlier.  In this case … Continue reading

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The Federal Trade Commission Needs to Focus on Its Mission

Last we discussed serious questions about the FTC’s jurisdiction over data security matters.  Friday I stumbled upon this on the Federal Trade Commission website.   In case you don’t feel like jumping out to their website, here’s the introductory portion: Saving … Continue reading

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Will Wyndham Hotels Put Us on the Road to Rational Data Security Regulation?

I hope so. Here are the facts we need for this discussion: 1.         The Federal Trade Commission charged four different Wyndham corporations (which we’ll just call them all Wyndham here) with deceptive acts and practices, as well as unfair acts … Continue reading

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