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Commissioner Wright says FTC reports favor drama over data

May 22, 2015 11:18 am

Commissioner Joshua Wright accused the Federal Trade Commission of fear mongering when it come to the potential privacy harms of data collection. Wright, one of two Republicans on the FTC and an economist by trade, singled out two of agency’s recent reports during a speech Thursday [...]

FCC issues privacy guidance for open internet order

May 20, 2015 5:37 pm

The Federal Communications Commission is getting ready to police privacy under its open Internet order even before it promulgates any specific guidelines or rules for broadband internet service providers to follow. Late Wednesday, the FCC enforcement bureau issued an advisory to broadband [...]

Franken presses FTC, DOJ to investigate mSpy breach

May 19, 2015 6:14 pm

In the wake of a data breach at mSpy that exposed the data of nearly a million people, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) Tuesday called for the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice to take action against “stalking apps” and investigate mSpy. mSpy, a company that [...]

FTC asks bankruptcy court to protect RadioShack consumer data

May 18, 2015 11:45 am

The Federal Trade Commission is recommending that the bankruptcy court handling Radio Shack put conditions on any sale of the retailer’s customer data, a potentially valuable asset in this era of big data. Over the years, RadioShack has amassed a database of 117 million customers, [...]

Etsy and 3 other sites called on carpet for 3rd party tracking infraction

May 18, 2015 5:55 am

Etsy, the craft website that advocated strongly for the open Internet Order, wasn’t very open about letting users know that third parties were tracking them on its web site for interest-based advertising. Twit.TV, 247 Sports, and Imgur were also taken to task by the Online Interest-Based [...]

Former FCC chairman Kevin Martin joins Facebook

May 12, 2015 5:21 pm

Facebook made some big changes to its D.C. office Tuesday, hiring former Federal Communications Commissioner Kevin Martin (R), and promoting Erin Egan, the company’s chief privacy officer to head up the company in D.C. Martin, who has been a consultant to Facebook for the past two years [...]

FTC’s first chief technologist joins White House tech group

May 11, 2015 7:41 pm

The White House has hired another high profile techie. Ed Felten, a big critic of government mass surveillance is joining the Administration as deputy U.S. chief technology officer in the office of science and technology policy. A privacy and data security expert, Felten is best known in [...]
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