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FTC effectively shuts down Utah company’s operations pending compliance with mandated data security plan

On November 12, 2019, the FTC announced that InfoTrax, a Utah technology company, agreed to implement an overhauled data security program as part of a 20-year consent agreement in the wake of a hack to the company’s network. InfoTrax is prohibited from collecting, selling, sharing, or storing personal information pending the overhaul of security operations—temporarily shutting down the...

FTC Issues Largest Fine Ever Under COPPA

On February 27, the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with video social networking app TikTok, in which the company agreed to pay $5.7 million for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the largest fine issued under the law to date. According to the FTC, the company was aware that children under 13 were using the app but failed to obtain...

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy review and update: Looking back on 2018 and planning ahead for 2019

From the implementation of the GDPR to the passage of the CCPA, the year 2018 proved to be a monumental one for cybersecurity and data privacy. Regulators from around the world responded to devastating, large-scale cyber-attacks, and a desire for their citizens to have more control over their data, by passing a wide range of regulations aimed at protecting consumer information. These...

The FTC is Watching When Your Children’s Toys are Listening

In his article published by The Hill, Eversheds Sutherland (US) Partner Michael Bahar provides insight on the recent Federal Trade Commission (FTC) update to its Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) compliance plan. The update is the latest in a series of regulatory moves to bring attention to the serious cybersecurity and data privacy issues latent in the ever-expanding...

FTC Reviews Security Updates Practices of Eight Mobile Device Manufacturers

The Federal Trade Commission is requiring eight mobile device manufacturers to provide the FTC with information about how they determine to issue security updates to address vulnerabilities in smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. The FTC plans to use these filings to study policies, procedures, and practices used to notify customers and determine whether to provide security...

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