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FTC Chair Edith Ramirez Fights for Data Security and Privacy Rights Consumers come first

One year into her tenure as chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, Edith Ramirez is putting the agency front and center as the nation’s leading enforcer on privacy and data…

May 27, 2014, 6:03 AM EDT

Snapchat Settles With the FTC Over Broken Privacy Promises Snaps didn't disappear and data was collected

Snapchat, an app that promised messaging privacy, broke those promises to users, the Federal Trade Commission said Thursday. The hot startup agreed to settle with the FTC over charges it…

May 8, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT

Senate Confirms Terrell McSweeny to FTC McSweeny confirmation gives Dems majority

The Federal Trade Commission is back up to its full strength Wednesday after the Senate voted 95-1 to confirm Terrell McSweeny to be the third Democratic commissioner on the five-member…

April 9, 2014, 5:21 PM EDT

FTC's Data Security Case Against Wyndham Worldwide Moves Forward Closely-watched case could determine authority

In a victory for the Federal Trade Commission, a federal judge declined to dismiss the agency's data security case against Wydham Worldwide Hotels, allowing it to move forward. The case, in…

April 7, 2014, 5:40 PM EDT

Fandango, Credit Karma Settle FTC Charges in Data Security Case Sends strong message to companies to tighten procedures

The Federal Trade Commission continues to step up its data security enforcement in an attempt to stop data breaches before they harm consumers. On Friday, the agency announced Fandango and…

March 28, 2014, 12:54 PM EDT

Apple Caves to FTC for $32.5 Million Previous class action settlement doesn't satisfy commission

The Federal Trade Commission apparently didn't think a $100 million class action settlement against Apple for unauthorized in-app charges made by children went far enough. Today, Apple entered into a…

January 15, 2014, 1:52 PM EST

FTC: Internet-Connected Cameras Failed to Protect Consumer Privacy Security failure exposed live Internet feeds of hundreds

Imagine you set up a camera to monitor your kids when they get home from school, or your business while you go to lunch. Now imagine that feed that you're…

September 4, 2013, 3:42 PM EDT

Peter Swire Quits Group Tasked With Creating Out Do Not Track Standard Future of tracking group at a crossroads

When the World Wide Web Consortium's tracking protection working group, which is tasked with coming up with a Do Not Track browser standard, last met in July, the group was…

August 28, 2013, 9:48 AM EDT

FTC Levies Historic Do Not Call Penalty Fine comes on 10-year anniversary of Do Not Call

The Federal Trade Commission celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the Do Not Call registry with a $7.5 million civil penalty against Mortgage Investors Corporation, the largest fine the FTC has…

June 27, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

Obama Nominates 5th FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeney has worked with Biden since 2005

President Obama turned to Biden aide Terrell McSweeney to fill the fifth open seat on the Federal Trade Commission. McSweeney's ties with vice president Joe Biden began in 2005 when she…

June 24, 2013, 11:37 AM EDT

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