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Atlanta chain banned from using software to spy via rental computers

The Federal Trade Commission approved the final order on Tuesday, settling charges launched against rent-to-own chain Aaron's.

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Apple to refund $32.5 million after kids rack up app charges without adult consent

The refund was agreed upon under a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) settlement.

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Companies settle over false data security framework compliance claims

The Federal Trade Commission has charged 12 companies with falsely claiming to comply with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework.

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FTC files complaint against LabMD after investigating its security practices

The Federal Trade Commission alleges that the medical testing provider exposed the data of more than 9,000 consumers, putting them at risk of identity theft.

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FTC and Calif. AG dispute Facebook's stance on teen privacy

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and California Attorney General Kamala Harris have each filed amicus briefs with a court of appeals disputing the interpretation of child privacy law in a federal case involving Facebook.

News Wyndham Hotels court battle over FTC data security authority heats up again

Wyndham Hotels court battle over FTC data security authority heats up again

A legal case will determine whether the Federal Trade Commission has the enforcement power to go after companies that fail to protect customers' personal information due to inadequate data security.

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FTC files complaint against website that labeled users "jerks"

The Federal Trade filed a complaint against the operators of "Jerk.com" for breaking the FTC Act by misleading consumers.

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FTC, Justice Dept. say antitrust laws shouldn't block cyber threat disclosure

In the wake of uneven disclosure of the Heartbleed bug among companies affected, a joint agency statement outlined a framework for information sharing.

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FTC vigilant on data security, Ramirez tells Senate committee

The FTC Chairwoman cites 50 cases the commission has settled, including recent agreements with Fandango and Credit Karma.

News Privacy-bolstering "Apps Act" introduced in House

Privacy-bolstering "Apps Act" introduced in House

The bill would provide consumers nationwide with similar protections already enforced by a California law.

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Judge says groups can push to have Wyndham breach suit tossed

If an FTC suit against Wyndham is dismissed, it may force the regulator to do more to fine companies accused of poor data security practices.

News Federal agencies fall short on data breaches, GAO report says

Federal agencies fall short on data breaches, GAO report says

The number of data breaches reported by U.S. government agencies more than doubled in a four-year period, jeopardizing PII, a GAO official tells Senate committee.

News Judge denies Wyndham motion challenging FTC authority

Judge denies Wyndham motion challenging FTC authority

The court battle began when the FTC filed a 2012 complaint against hotelier Wyndham, accusing it of deceptive and unfair practices against consumers following data breaches.

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FTC cracks down on seller that left in-home security cameras exposed to hack

The case hinges on a 2012 breach where the live video feeds of nearly 700 web-connected cameras were made available online.

News Medical identity theft to be explored at FTC hearing

Medical identity theft to be explored at FTC hearing

Concerns over identity theft affecting senior citizens prompted the hearing.

News Fandango, Credit Karma settle FTC charges of poor app security

Fandango, Credit Karma settle FTC charges of poor app security

The companies were accused of failing to securely transmit credit card data, Social Security numbers, and other sensitive data collected by their mobile apps.

Opinion App developers and privacy practices: Preach what you practice

App developers and privacy practices: Preach what you practice

Now is the time to prepare and post a privacy policy in a conspicuous place, says Stephen Wu.

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Happy Hour Hot Links: Week of 6/3

From PRISM to metrics to an alien CISO, this week was chock-full of interesting content with an information security angle. Here are some cool links, in no particular order.

News Researchers claim they've discovered the most advanced Android trojan yet

Researchers claim they've discovered the most advanced Android trojan yet

The Obad trojan marks a rare threat by exploiting previously unknown flaws in the Android operating system. It's not very prevalent, however.

Opinion Thinking strategically about privacy

Thinking strategically about privacy

Managing privacy is moving toward collaboration, communication and education, says Ernst & Young's Sagi Leizerov.

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