Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

On October 29, 2020, the FTC hosted its most recent “Green Lights & Red Flags” workshop. This virtual workshop focused on recent fraud patterns, advertising compliance, and data security.

Fraud Fashioned Under COVID-19. The pandemic’s effect on the consumer protection world was front and center at this year’s workshop. According to Andrew Smith, Director of

The Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (“FACTA”) forbids sellers who accept credit cards from including more than the last five digits of a buyer’s credit card number on a purchase receipt. Yet including more than those five digits will not, by itself, make a seller liable under FACTA, according to a decision issued by

On October 22, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced the launch of its new consumer fraud-reporting website at ReportFraud.ftc.gov. The website will provide a reporting platform allowing consumer to directly report instances of fraud to the FTC, as well as related consumer issues under the FTC’s purview.

The FTC touted the platform’s “streamlined

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) held its public workshop on the proposed changes to the Safeguards Rule under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999 (“GLBA”). The FTC has not updated the Safeguards Rule since implementing it in 2003. With substantial developments in the way businesses increasingly depend and operate using non-public personal information through electronic means

The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) is holding its public workshop today on the proposed changes to the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999’s Safeguards Rule (“Safeguards Rule”). For background, the Safeguards Rule requires financial institutions, and potentially affiliates and/or service providers, to keep customer information secure. The FTC has stated it seeks to modify the Safeguards Rule

States nationwide facing the risks of the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic are attempting various approaches to fight the disease, such as through social distancing, use of facemasks, increased disinfection of surfaces, and contact tracing. Unfortunately, contact tracing appears to be an effective way not only to fight COVID-19, but also for scammers to steal personal information

A New York franchise motor vehicle dealer agreed in May to pay $1.5 million to the Federal Trade Commission to settle charges that the dealership discriminated against African-American and Hispanic consumers and engaged in other unfair and deceptive practices.

In a complaint filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New

HyperBeard, Inc., a developer of popular children’s applications, has agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over allegations of its failure to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (“COPPA Rule”). HyperBeard agreed to pay $150,000 in fines and to delete the information allegedly obtained from children under 13 years old without

Miniclip, S.A., a Swiss-based company developing online games, recently settled with the Federal Trade Commission over false claim allegations made in connection to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). In its complaint, the FTC alleged that Miniclip falsely claimed to be a valid member of the Children’s Advertising Review Unit’s (“CARU”) COPPA safe harbor

As the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) testing increases across the country, state health departments have been implementing contact tracing to contain viral spread. Contact tracing identifies and monitors individuals who have come into contact with others who have tested positive for COVID-19. Typically, contract tracers work with infected individuals to obtain the contact information for everyone with