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FTC wins appeal in Wyndham data security case

August 24, 2015 11:01 am

A federal appeals court upheld the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to enforce data security practices. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled Monday that the FTC could go ahead in its lawsuit against Wyndham Worldwide Corp. for data breaches in 2008 and 2009 that compromised [...]

FTC GOP commissioner Joshua Wright resigns

August 17, 2015 12:31 pm

Joshua Wright, one of two GOP commissioners on the Federal Trade Commission, is leaving the agency Aug. 24 to return to his prior post at George Mason University as professor of law and director of the Global Antitrust Institute at the Law and Economics Center. Wright has served on the commission [...]

FTC files suit against data brokers for selling to payday loan scammer

August 13, 2015 9:56 am

The Federal Trade Commission charged a data broker operation for illegally selling the financial information of payday loan applicants to scammers, who raided the accounts for at least $7.1 million. According to the FTC’s complaint, Sequoia One LLC and Gen X Marketing Group LLC bought loan [...]

FCC ups its game in robocall enforcement

August 11, 2015 1:58 pm

The Federal Communications Commission slapped Travel Club Marketing with a $2.96 million fine for making illegal robocalls. It’s the largest forfeiture order ever issued by the FCC. After reviewing complaints from consumers, the FCC found that Tampa-based Travel Club Marketing, its owner [...]

ICANN user names and encrypted passwords hacked

August 7, 2015 10:28 am

ICANN, the non-profit organization that oversees Internet domain name assignments, is warning its users that their usernames, email addresses and encrypted passwords created for use on the ICANN.org public website were hacked sometime within the last week. The internet governance organization [...]

FCC and FTC privacy turf war goes public

August 7, 2015 7:36 am

The turf war between the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission over which agency should have primacy in protecting consumer privacy has spilled over into the pages of the Wall Street Journal. Before today’s column, penned by Republican FCC commissioner Mike [...]

CEA, groups call for injunction against Mississippi probe of Google

August 4, 2015 10:51 am

The Consumer Electronics Association, together with the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) and Engine, filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, asking the court to affirm a lower court’s injunction against an investigation into Google that was [...]
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