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Report: Facebook’s privacy lapses may result in record fine from FTC

The Cambridge Analytica scandal could result in Facebook facing the largest fine ever imposed by the Federal Trade Commission.            [Author: Associated Press]
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Report: The FTC May Slam Facebook With 'Record-Setting' Fine Over User Privacy

Federal Trade Commission staff assessing whether social media giant Facebook violated a legally binding user privacy agreement with the agency are considering slapping the company with a “record-setting fine,” the Washington Post reported Friday, citing “three people familiar with the deliberations but not authorized…Read more...
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US regulators said to impose a record-setting fine against Facebook for privacy violations

According to a new report from WSJ, U. S regulators have met to discuss imposing a record-setting fine against Facebook for violating a legally binding agreement with the government to protect the privacy of its users' personal data. The fine under consideration at the Federal Trade Commission would mark the first action levied against Facebook in the United States since reports emerged in March about the Cambridge Analytica. The penalty is expected to be much larger than the $22.5 million fi...
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F.T.C. Is Said to Be Considering Large Facebook Fines

The agency’s investigation, which began in late March, is continuing, and the commissioners and staff have not reached a final conclusion.
Tags: News, Privacy, Social Media, Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, Zuckerberg, Facebook Inc, Computers and the Internet, Cambridge Analytica, Mark E, Data-Mining and Database Marketing, Fines (Penalties

Facebook Faces Potential Record U.S. Fine on Privacy Violations

The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s chief privacy watchdog, is weighing a penalty against the social-media giant for violating a 2011 settlement with the agency that required the company to take a series of steps to protect users’ personal information, said the person, who asked not to be named because the investigation is confidential. It’s also not clear whether the agency has settled on how much to seek from the Menlo Park, California-based company or whether it will also require chan...
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US Regulators Have Met To Discuss Imposing a Record-Setting Fine Against Facebook For Some of Its Privacy Violations: Report

U.S. regulators have met to discuss imposing a record-setting fine against Facebook for violating a legally binding agreement with the government to protect the privacy of its users' personal data, The Washington Post reported Friday [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source], citing three people familiar with the deliberations. From the report: The fine under consideration at the Federal Trade Commission, a privacy and security watchdog that began probing Facebook last year,...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Washington Post, US, Tech, United States, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Cambridge Analytica

Battle lines forming ahead of a looming US privacy law fight

By Rachel Lerman and Tali Arbel, The Associated Press Consumer advocates and the data-hungry technology industry are drawing early battle lines in advance of an expected fight this year over what kind of federal privacy law the U.S. should have. On Thursday, more than a dozen privacy organizations unveiled a plan that would create a new federal data-protection agency focused on regulating the way businesses and other organizations collect and make use of personal data, even if aggregated or anon...
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Sen. Marco Rubio Introduces Federal Privacy Legislation to Supersede State Laws

On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced legislation that could give the Federal Trade Commission authority to update the nation's privacy laws for the internet era. The American Data Dissemination Act, as it's called, would task the FTC to update the nation's 1970s privacy laws. However, unlike online privacy bills introduced last year, Rubio's...
Tags: Politics, Advertising, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Rubio, Sen Marco Rubio R Fla, Data & Insights, Ad Tech & Mar Tech

Apple boss Tim Cook attacks 'shadow economy' of data in call for new privacy law

Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook has called for the US to introduce a national privacy law, attacking a “shadow economy” in which people’s personal data is bought and sold without their knowledge. Mr Cook said companies should have to collect as little data as possible and make it easy for people to delete the information that is held about them. It is the latest attempt from Apple to position itself as the steward of consumers’ privacy, and to draw a line between itself and companies such as Fa...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, UK, Cook, News, US, Tim Cook, US Congress, Federal Trade Commission, GDPR Facebook Amazon

Privacy Advocates Urge FTC Reform, Call for New Legislation

Consumer advocacy groups have launched a concerted effort calling for a systematic overhaul of U.S. data privacy laws, alleging that the Federal Trade Commission is now unfit for purpose, with leading electing politicians also weighing in on the debate. U.S. data privacy laws must be overhauled along with the creation of a new data privacy...
Tags: Advertising, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Ad Tech & Mar Tech

Tim Cook Calls for ‘Data-Broker Clearinghouse’ in Push for Privacy Rules

Cook joined other technology company executives in calling for federal privacy legislation, but added his own specific idea in a column published by Time. "The Federal Trade Commission should establish a data-broker clearinghouse, requiring all data brokers to register, enabling consumers to track the transactions that have bundled and sold their data from place to place, and giving users the power to delete their data on demand, freely, easily and online, once and for all," Cook wrote.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls For Laws To Tackle 'Shadow Economy' of Data Firms

Apple's chief executive has called for regulation to tackle the "shadow economy" of data brokers -- intermediaries who trade in the personal information of largely unsuspecting consumers -- as the company continues its push to be seen as supportive of privacy. Tim Cook, in an op-ed for Time Magazine published on Thursday, said: One of the biggest challenges in protecting privacy is that many of the violations are invisible. For example, you might have bought a product from an online retailer -- ...
Tags: Apple, Tech, Tim Cook, Time Magazine, Federal Trade Commission

Marco Rubio Introduces Privacy Bill To Create Federal Regulations On Data Collection

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fortune: Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced a bill Wednesday aimed at creating federal standards of privacy protection for major internet companies like Facebook, Amazon, and Google. The bill, titled the American Data Dissemination Act, requires the Federal Trade Commission to make suggestions for regulation based on the Privacy Act of 1974. Congress would then have to pass legislation within two years, or the FTC will gain the power to write the rul...
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US joins China and Turkey in troubling approach to extraditions

A distasteful development in international relations has recently surfaced: the use of arrest warrants and extradition requests of individuals as bargaining chips in matters of broader foreign policy. Turkey, China, and the US are presently involved in actions that reflect a willingness to put pressure on each other by targeting private individuals. This is a corruption of the protection of individual rights in criminal cases, which is fundamental to the rule of law in America. Turkey has asked ...
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Apple’s COO Says Qualcomm Refused to Provide Chips for 2018 Phones

Williams’s testimony Monday in the Federal Trade Commission antitrust trial against Qualcomm, indicates the chipmaker forced Apple to use Intel Corp. modems exclusively in the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR released in September and October, rather than the decision being a choice by the Cupertino, California-based iPhone maker. Williams said he tried to negotiate with Qualcomm to provide Apple with chips for the latest iPhones, but the company refused.
Tags: Apple, Science, Williams, Qualcomm, Federal Trade Commission, Cupertino California, Intel Corp

Qualcomm Attempt to Cast Intel as Hypocrite Backfires in Antitrust Trial

After an interrogation of Intel’s chief strategy officer largely backfired this week, a Qualcomm attorney on Friday declined a judge’s invitation to bring Aicha Evans back to the witness stand as a non-jury trial brought by the Federal Trade Commission moved into its fourth day of testimony. “Not from us, your honor,” Qualcomm lawyer Antony Ryan told U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, prompting a cheer from Evans, which provoked widespread laughter in the San Jose, California, courtroom after one of...
Tags: Science, Intel, Evans, Qualcomm, Federal Trade Commission, Ryan, San Jose California, Lucy Koh, Aicha Evans, Antony Ryan

Amazon watchers say the company has accelerated its efforts to sell its own products — and that's worrying regulators around the world

Amazon watchers say the company has accelerated its efforts to sell its own products or products it markets exclusively. That's worrying regulators around the world SunTrust Robinson Humphrey analysts Youssef Squali and Naved Khan estimated in June that private label product sales would generate $7.5 billion for Amazon in 2018, a significant increase from their estimate for 2017. By selling more products of its own, Amazon is becoming a competitor to the outside manufacturers it hosts on i...
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Futures Of Music Coalition Sets 2019 Policy Priorities

The Future Of Music Coalition (FMC)  shared that it is prepping the launch of a new, mobile-optimized website with a focus on making it easier for musicians and fans to take action.  The US based musician's advocacy group also shared it's priorities for 2019. From the FMC: Fairness in Music Licensing, Business, and Copyright. This will include finally requiring that  AM / FM  radio pay musicians (while ensuring that college and community radio stations aren’t unduly burdened). We’ll ...
Tags: Music, Fcc, Congress, US, Federal Trade Commission, Bruce Houghton, FMC, Ajit Pai, Dept of Justice, Futures Of Music Coalition, Future Of Music Coalition FMC

United States: The Federal Trade Commission Is Closed For The Shutdown - Foley Hoag LLP

As the partial federal government shutdown continues, visitors to the FTC's web site will see a banner at the top of the main page reading, "The FTC Is Closed Due to the Lapse in Government Funding," and directing the reader to a page with details about the closure.
Tags: News, United States, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Shutdown Foley Hoag LLP

United States: Privacy & Information Security Law Blog: Lisa Sotto, Head Of Hunton's Privacy And Cybersecurity Practice, Kicks Off FTC Data Security Panel - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

In connection with its hearings on data security, the Federal Trade Commission hosted a December 12 panel discussion on "The U.S. Approach to Consumer Data Security."
Tags: News, United States, Federal Trade Commission, Hunton, FTC Data Security Panel Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Court says Vizio’s secret smart TV tracking class-action settlement can move forward

A long-running class-action lawsuit filed after consumer electronics giant Vizio was caught spying on customer viewing habits can be settled, subject to a final approval, a court has ruled. The group of Vizio customers alleged in its 2016-filed complaint that the company was   covertly collecting viewing data  from customers’ internet-connected smart TVs. U.S. District Judge Josephine Staton said in a ruling on Friday that the settlement is preliminarily approved, subject to any final complaint...
Tags: Apps, Technology, Television, Hardware, Privacy, Tech, Spokesperson, Vizio, Smart TV, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Digital Television, Josephine Staton

How Worried Should You Be as Brands, Governments and Law Enforcement Embrace Facial Recognition?

In 2017, nearly 17 million Americans had their identities stolen. If they followed the Federal Trade Commission's recommended 40-page recovery process, they had to contact the companies where fraud occurred; place fraud alerts with credit bureaus; review their credit reports; report the identity theft to the FTC and their local police departments; close new charges;...
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Data privacy abuses prompt calls for Federal Trade Commission to bare teeth

In more than 40 interviews, former and current FTC officials, lawmakers, Capitol Hill staff members and consumer advocates said that as evidence of abuses has piled up against tech companies, the FTC has been too cautious.
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Capitol Hill, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Nation & World Politics

Joke About Qualcomm Settlement Ahead of FTC Trial Isn't Funny to Judge

A member of Qualcomm’s legal team asked clerks at the federal courthouse in San Jose, California, on Thursday to “settle the case for us,” Koh noted in a filing on the eve of the long-awaited non-jury trial. While Koh said the “statement appears to have been made in jest” and there was no one present from the opposing side, the Federal Trade Commission, the judge reminded attorneys they’re prohibited from discussing the case with the court and its staff outside of the courtroom. There’s no tel...
Tags: Science, Qualcomm, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Koh, San Jose California

Ajit Pai Cancels Trip To CES Amid Government Shutdown

For the second year in a row, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will not be attending the annual Consumer Electronics Show. According to Politico Pro, Pai and Commissioner Brendan Carr are canceling their appearances at CES as a consequence of the ongoing partial government shutdown. Last year, Pai canceled due to death threats he received in the aftermath of the net neutrality rollback, which occurred just weeks prior to the conference. The Verge reports: Carr was expected to attend a roundtable session wi...
Tags: Fcc, Congress, Tech, Federal Trade Commission, Pai, Carr, Ajit Pai, Brendan Carr, Rebecca Slaughter, Politico Pro Pai

United States: Children's Consumer Protection Watchdog Asks FTC To Investigate Manipulative Preschool Apps - Jones Day

On October 30, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the market for preschool apps.
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FTC Warns Netflix Users About Email Phishing Scam

The Federal Trade Commission has sent out a flare to warn Netflix users that there are some grinches out there looking to take advantage of everyone's holiday bliss and vulnerability. From a report: In a post on the FTC's website, they warned us of scammers using household company names to dupe consumers. In a specific example, they cited a phishing email sent to a Netflix customer that claimed the user's account is on hold because Netflix is "having some trouble with your current billing inform...
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FTC Warns Consumers About Netflix Email Scam

The U.S.’s Federal Trade Commission has identified a new “phishing” scam targeting Netflix customers — and issued a warning to consumers to be on guard if they’ve received an email purportedly from the streamer requesting updated payment info. In a blog post Wednesday (Dec. 26), the FTC shared a screenshot captured by police in Ohio […]
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Charity fraud is on the rise, here are tips to avoid it

In 2017, charitable donations set a record, but consumers also reported losing a record $905 million to fraud. Today we look at our nation’s giving trends and offer tips to make sure your donations are going to a worthy cause. Fraud watch This is the season when generosity in America rises to its peak. But be careful of those attempting to take advantage of your favorite cause. In 2018, fraud cases in the U.S., particularly those claiming to help the military and veterans, were so prevalent th...
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