Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BNA INSIGHTS: The FTC v. Google Saga—Episode II: What Lessons for U.S. Businesses?

The Federal Trade Commission recently announced that Google Inc. agreed to a $22.5 million civil penalty to settle FTC claims that the internet search giant circumvented the privacy settings of Apple Inc.’s Safari web browser to allow the tracking of user activity…

Google Agrees to Pay $22.5 Million Penalty, Largest Fine by FTC for Violation of an Order

Google Inc. agreed to a $22.5 million civil penalty to settle FTC claims that the internet search giant circumvented the privacy settings of Apple Inc.’s Safari web browser to allow the tracking of user activity…

FTC’s Final Report on Consumer Privacy Calls for Federal Legislation, Industry Codes

The Federal Trade Commission’s long-awaited final report on consumer privacy, released March 26, revealed several consequential changes in the FTC’s position on federal privacy policy.
In the final report, the FTC for the first time asserted a clear call “that Congress consider enacting general privacy legislation, data security and breach notification legislation,” according to a March 26 FTC statement. The report is intended to articulate best practices and to guide Congress as it considers privacy legislation, FTC said.

White House Consumer Privacy Blueprint Seeks Framework Law, Business Conduct Codes

The White House Feb. 23 officially released a white paper with recommendations for creating a new consumer privacy protection regime in the United States.

Privacy experts generally lauded the administration’s two-pronged blueprint for federal legislation establishing a set of baseline privacy principles in a consumer “bill of rights” (see box), coupled with a co-regulatory set of voluntarily created and implemented codes of conduct for businesses backed up with enforcement by the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general.

Legal Challenge to Compel FTC Enforcement on Google Privacy Policy Breaks New Ground

In an unprecedented move, the Electronic Privacy Information Center in a Feb. 8 complaint asked a federal court to compel the FTC to exercise what EPIC says is the regulator’s mandatory duty to enforce a 2011 privacy consent order with Google Inc. in response to the company’s plans to significantly change its user privacy policy (EPIC v. FTC…

Internet Privacy Bills Unlikely to Move in 2012, But Chances Better for Cybersecurity Legislation

Online privacy is expected to remain a hot topic in 2012, but it is unlikely that Congress will enact any major reforms in such a complex and unsettled area during an election year, observers tell Bloomberg BNA…

Office of Management and Budget Issues New Cloud Data Security Policy To Support Service Provider Approval System

The Office of Management and Budget issued a policy memorandum on cloud computing vendor data security authorization to support an acquisition program designed to allow federal agencies to more quickly transition to cloud computing services…

BNA INSIGHTS: High-Profile Breaches Spur Congressional Activity on Privacy, Data Security Policy

With a Republican-controlled House opposite a Democratic-controlled Senate, and presidential and congressional elections looming in less than sixteen months, few proposals of significance are capable of advancing to become law…

Social Media Risk, Mitigation Guidance Issued for Financial Services Industry

Financial sector companies must pay attention to a wide variety of legal compliance and risk issues related to the use of social networking, BITS, the technology policy division of The Financial Services Roundtable, cautioned in its “Social Media Risks and Mitigation”guidance issued July 11…

BNA INSIGHTS: The Proliferation of Mobile Devices and Apps for Health Care: Promises and Risks

The popularity of smartphones like the Droid and iPhone as well as tablet devices such as the iPad means that people are able to accomplish many things without physically sitting in front of a computer or even being in the office…

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