Topic: Jon Leibowitz

Telecom Firms Form Privacy Coalition

Washington insiders Leibowitz and Bono Mack are co-chairs

As privacy and data security heat up on Capitol Hill in the wake of news over the National Security Agency's surveillance programs, a group of the nation's largest telecommunications companies…

For the First Time, Women Could Head FTC, FCC

Obama may make history again

President Obama has the chance to make history again, this time by naming the first woman chair of the Federal Communications Commission as well as one to head the Federal…

Path Settles Privacy Charges With FTC

Agency also releases staff report recommending mobile privacy guidelines

Path, a social networking app, agreed to settle privacy charges with the Federal Trade Commission that it collected personal information from users' mobile address books without their knowledge or consent.…

FTC Chairman to Leave in Mid-February

Leibowitz one of the most active FTCs in recent memory

Federal Trade Commission chairman Jon Leibowitz will step down from the agency February 15 after four years as chairman. He has been a commissioner since 2004. Many in Washington anticipated his…

FTC Finally Closes Google Investigations

Tech giant agrees to change some business practices

Ending weeks of speculation and rumor, the Federal Trade Commission today finally closed its nearly two-year antitrust investigation into Google that will no doubt leave Google's competitors unsatisfied. Under a consent…

FTC Restricts Behavioral Targeting of Kids

New rules go into effect next July

Flanked by the leading privacy hawks in Congress, Federal Trade Commission chairman Jon Leibowitz Wednesday unveiled tighter rules to strengthen kids online and mobile privacy. The new rules amend the Children’s…

FTC Launches Probe of Data Broker Privacy Practices

9 companies must respond to commission by Feb. 1

Last week's Congressional Bipartisan Privacy Caucus briefing on data brokers and privacy must have left quite an impression on Federal Trade Commission chairman Jon Leibowitz, who opened a probe today…

FTC's Vladeck to Exit Dec. 31

Deputy director Hardwood named acting director of Bureau of Consumer Protection

David Vladeck, the hard-charging director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, is officially leaving on Dec. 31 to return to his faculty position at Georgetown University Law…

Kids' Mobile Apps Under FTC Probe for Privacy Violations

Second agency report finds few have policies in place

Mobile apps for kids are still flunking in terms of privacy. Most don't even have a privacy policy and far too many kids' apps are sharing information about kids with…

Advertisers to FTC: We're Not Going Back on 'Do Not Track'

DAA says its giving consumers choice now

Advertisers are dismissing charges that they are somehow backing off their commitment made last February to honor a uniform browser feature that would give consumers the choice to opt-out of…