On July 28, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission accepted, subject to final approval, settlements with InstantUPCCodes.com (“Instant”) and Nationwide Barcode (“Nationwide”), two of the leading barcode resellers, and their principals, Jacob Alifraghis and Philip Peretz, who operate Instant and Nationwide, respectively.
That the FTC has announced another weight loss settlement is no news at all. The FTC averages about six new weight loss orders per year. The new settlement, nevertheless, is notable as a reminder of the following points.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit this week agreed to consider whether the Federal Trade Commission has the authority to regulate companies’ data security practices.
As the Federal Trade Commission takes an increasingly broad view of its authority to regulate privacy and consumer protection, one of the agency’s five commissioners is calling for a more cautious approach.
On July 25, the FTC announced that it would retain its Prenotification Negative Option Rule (“Rule”) without modification after completing a regulatory review of the Rule.
The industry for mobile applications is growing rapidly. As companies and independent developers look to gain—or strengthen—footholds in this competitive space, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asks, “…is security keeping up” with mobile application companies’ public assurances of safety?
Businesses that think they know what privacy issues are on the minds of the state attorneys general (AGs) should be aware that AGs are being urged to take action, either on their own, or in concert with the FTC, on key cutting edge privacy issues. At a major meeting of state AGs this week at the Conference of Western Attorneys General, FTC Commissioner Julie Brill, one of the highlighted speakers at the event, emphasized the importance of the AGs’ role in privacy regulation, and encouraged AGs to collaborate and cooperate on privacy investigations consistent with FTC efforts.
U.S. District Court Judge Ronald M. Whyte has issued an order granting in part and denying in part Google’s Motion to Dismiss the class action filed against the Company on March 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California as a result of unauthorized children’s in-app purchases in the Google Play Store.
The FTC has issued three new FAQs clarifying the “verifiable parental consent” requirements under the COPPA Rule.
The FTC recently announced a settlement with the makers of Nopalea, a fruit drink derived from Nopal or “prickly-pear” cactus.