FTC v. D-Link: A warning shot to the IoT industry

Earlier this month, the FTC filed a complaint against Taiwan-based computer networking manufacturer D-Link Corp. and its United States subsidiary, D-Link Systems, Inc. 

WhatsApp may be in trouble over data sharing

In late August, WhatsApp announced that it would begin sharing data with its parent company, Facebook.  Since the announcement, a number of WhatsApp customers, as well as certain privacy groups, have cried foul.  Privacy group EPIC responded to the data sharing announcement by filing a complaint against the two companies with the FTC.  The FTC […]

InMobi settles tracking charges with FTC

A Singapore-based mobile advertising network has agreed to settle charges with the FTC that the company illegally tracked hundreds of millions of consumers’ locations without permission.  As part of the settlement, InMobi will pay $950,000 in civil penalties, and will further be required to implement a comprehensive privacy program. By way of background, InMobi was […]

Privacy Shield replaces Safe Harbor framework

In February, the European Union (“EU”) and the United States met in Brussels to explore a new EU-US privacy pact as it relates to the transfer of personal data.  Ultimately, the two sides came to an agreement over what they call the EU-US Privacy Shield.  The Privacy Shield replaces the old Safe Harbor framework that […]

Workshop on “cross-device tracking” shows FTC is trying to keep up with emerging marketing technology

In mid-November 2015, the FTC hosted a workshop on “cross-device tracking.”  Cross-device tracking is the practice of associating a person’s online activities across multiple devices to create a single marketing profile. FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez provided opening remarks at the workshop before turning the program over to Justin Brookman, FTC Policy Director, Office of Technology, […]

Can the FTC Regulate Data Security Practices? Third Circuit Hears Wyndham Hotels Appeal

Does the FTC have the authority to regulate companies’ data security practices? In 2012, the FTC brought charges against Wyndham Hotels and Resorts.