E-Commerce Firms: Get Ready for New Privacy Laws

The Federal Trade Commission regulates privacy in the United States, and under the FTC rules, a website need not have a privacy policy at all. However, a website must comply with and not violate its policy if it has one. ifeLock learned that lesson the hard way when ” target=”_blank”>the FTC sued it for failing to abide by its privacy policy. How do other countries’ privacy laws apply to U.S. businesses? Time will tell, as the new European Union General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect in May of next year.

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FTC Confirms Probe Into Equifax Data Breach

In a rare move, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Thursday confirmed that it has opened an investigation into the data breach at Equifax that compromised the sensitive personal information of 143 million U.S. consumers. The FTC announcement came less than a week after Equifax revealed that an unknown party had gained access to names, addresses, Social Security Numbers and other data belonging to nearly half the U.S. population. An unknown number of Canadian and UK consumers were directly impacted by the breach as well.

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Qualcomm May Seek iPhone Ban to Retaliate Against Apple

Qualcomm plans to ask the U.S. International Trade Commission to block imports of iPhones, according to a report. The move apparently was spurred by Apple’s recent decision to stop making royalty payments owed under a licensing agreement between the two companies, which is the subject of a billion-dollar legal battle in federal court. Qualcomm last month announced that for the quarter ended March 31 Apple had withheld payments to its contract manufacturers for royalties owed under a licensing deal for technology used in the iPhone.

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Android is set to overtake Windows as most used operating system

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Microsoft Windows holds the slimmest of margins over Android, and they could trade positions very soon if current trends continue.

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FCC Reverses Course on Internet Privacy Rules

The Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday issued a joint statement following the FCC’s temporary stay of data security regulations. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and FTC Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen issued the statement to address the FCC’s decision, in essence, to overturn rules designed to bolster broadband consumer privacy. Both chairs had disagreed with the FCC’s unilateral 2015 decision to strip the FTC of any authority over broadband providers’ privacy and data security practices.

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China warns iPhone sales could be hurt if Trump begins trade war

Sales of iPhones in China could be impacted if President-elect Donald Trump initiates a trade war with China, a Chinese state-run publication is warning.

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Feds Probe Philanderers' Site Ashley Madison: Report

The United States Federal Trade Commission reportedly has launched an investigation into philanderers’ dating site Ashley Madison. The company, which suffered a massive data breach last year that resulted in extortion attempts and ruined lives, as well as class-action lawsuits, earlier this week announced that it hired a new CEO and a new president in April.
CEO Rob Segal and President James Millership also revealed that Ashley Madison had been using fembots to conduct conversations with some of its paying male customers worldwide.

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FTC challenges Android developers on their use of SilverPush microphone spyware

Article Image The U.S. Federal Trade Commission issued warning letters to a dozen Google Play developers over their use of SilverPush software, which turns Android devices into advertising spy beacons to listen for and track the television programming users are exposed to.

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FTC Issues Regulatory Warning on Big Data Use

The Federal Trade Commission is extending its regulatory reach to the e-commerce impact of big data. For years, the FTC has asserted vigorously its authority to apply consumer protection laws to emerging developments in the IT realm. Now it is signaling that it will apply that same vigor to big data under the regulatory authority it possesses through the FTC Act and other laws. It “will continue to monitor areas where big data practices” could violate those laws “and will bring enforcement actions where appropriate,” the FTC said in a report.

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FTC Debates Cybersecurity Injury Standard

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is engaged in an internal struggle over how it should assess the effect on consumers when businesses fail to provide proper e-commerce security. The outcome of the debate, which surfaced last month, will have a significant impact on the commission’s ability to initiate cybersecurity violation cases. Depending on the outcome, in fact, the legal issue could spill over to federal courts or even Congress for resolution.

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Major Challenge to FTC's Cybersecurity Authority Evaporates

The Federal Trade Commission and Wyndham Worldwide this month reached a settlement over allegations the company violated federal law regarding the protection of customer records. The settlement could have a significant impact on e-commerce in that it ended a major legal challenge to the FTC’s extension of its authority into the realm of cybersecurity. Wyndham essentially agreed to abandon its opposition to the FTC’s assertion that federal law allows it to pursue charges against businesses that fail to protect consumers from cyberthreats.

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EFF Sues Google for Snooping on Students

The Electronic Frontier Foundation on Tuesday filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, alleging that Google has used personal student data mined from its school Chromebook distribution, and requesting an investigation and an injunction against the practice. The EFF also launched its Spying on Students Campaign, an effort to educate parents and school administrators about the risks of data collection by companies supplying technology tools for students’ use.

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Watch while you can: Every movie and show leaving Netflix in October

Wouldn’t it be nice if Netflix could just expand its library rather than trade out old content for new content? Sadly, that’s just not how it works, so you might as well binge on everything you can before these shows and movies disappear in the coming weeks.

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Apple's iPad is key to visitor experience at new One World Trade Center Observatory

The newly opened One World Trade Center Observatory in New York City relies heavily on the iPad for its visitor experience, with Apple’s tablet serving as both a virtual tour guide and a payment terminal.

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Rumor: Apple might rent out new San Francisco space for iPhone event

Piecing together clues about a “mysterious” week-long trade show at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, a report on Monday suggests Apple might have rented out the massive space for its annual iPhone event.

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FTC begins issuing subpoenas in App Store investigation triggered by Apple Music – report

The Federal Trade Commission has reportedly expanded its inquiry into Apple’s policy of forcing companies to turn over 30 percent of subscription revenue earned through the App Store, issuing subpoenas to streaming services that compete with Apple Music.

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Apple again warns White House against policies fostering weak encryption

In a letter delivered to President Barack Obama on Monday, two trade groups comprised of some of the largest tech companies in the U.S. asked the White House to reject government policies designed to undermine encryption systems built to keep consumer data private.

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