FTC sues IoT manufacturer for failure to secure devices from cyberattacks! The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a lawsuit against “D-Link Corporation and its U.S. subsidiary, alleging that inadequate security measures taken by the company left its wireless routers and Internet cameras vulnerable to hackers and put U.S. consumers’ privacy at risk.” The Complaint filed on January 5, 2017 in the US District Court in the… Continue Reading
FTC Settles with Ad Tech Company Over Deceptive Online Tracking Practices On December 20, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that Turn Inc. agreed to settle charges that it misled consumers about its online tracking activities and failed to honor consumer opt-outs as described in its privacy policy. Background Turn is a digital advertising company that facilitates targeted marketing by commercial brands and ad agencies … Continue Reading
FTC’s Order on “All Natural” Advertising Earlier this month, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued a decision against California Naturel, Inc. related to its advertising of “all natural” sunscreen on both its website and the product packaging itself. On its website, California Naturel was not only advertising its sunscreen as “all natural” but was describing the sunscreen as containing “only the […]Continue Reading…
DeVry University Settles with FTC for a Whopping $100 Million The Federal Trade Commission announced this week that it has settled with DeVry (DeVry) for $100 million over allegations that it misled prospective students with ads that promised higher employment success and income upon graduation. We previously reported on the allegations levied by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against DeVry [view related post]. The settlement … Continue Reading
Advertise Like Santa Is Watching – 6 Holiday Advertising/Marketing Tips to Help You Stay Off The Naughty List It’s the holiday season, and many of us are turning our thoughts to celebrating with friends and family. It is also high season for shopping, which means the airwaves, social media, websites and print pages are full of opportunities to buy, sell, and advertise. Whether you consider that to be a feature or a bug,… Continue Reading
Connected Toys Scrutinized Over Privacy and Security Weaknesses Two connected toys, My Friend Cayla and i-Que robot, by Genesis have been receiving trans-Atlantic attention this month for alleged privacy, security and advertising law violations. On December 6, 2016, public interest organizations in the U.S. and European Union submitted complaints to the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and EU Data Protection Authorities (“DPAs”). The complaints … Continue Reading

On Thursday, December 15, 2016, President Obama signed into law H.R. 5111, now officially titled the “Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016.” The substantive provisions of the bill, which we discussed in a previous post, are virtually unchanged, but the law’s text provides further details regarding enforcement by the Federal Trade Commission and the states. … Continue reading

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