A recent settlement between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and a lead generator provides new insight into the FTC’s enforcement of sensitive personal data collection and sales under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the agency’s Section 5(a) authority.

On January 5, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint, alleging that ITMedia

Ruling on several motions to dismiss on January 14, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia denied an effort to dismiss Courthouse News Service’s (CNS) First Amendment challenge to Virginia’s restrictions on public access to electronic court records. This clears the way for the lawsuit to proceed on the merits. Although this

On January 10, the Federal Trade Commission’s final rule, amending the Standards for Safeguarding Customer Information (Safeguards Rule) under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), became effective. We wrote about the final rule when it first published in October 2021 (see here). As a practical matter, the amendments will likely require many financial institutions to

Will 2022 be the year of comprehensive digital asset legislation in the U.S.?

In 2021, Congress waded into the digital asset policy waters through its inclusion of expanded cryptocurrency and digital asset rules as part of the $1 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (HR 3584), which was signed into law by President Joe Biden

Kamran Salour (CIPP/US, CIPP/E, and CIPT), an experienced data security attorney, has joined Troutman Pepper’s national Cybersecurity, Information Governance, and Privacy practice in Orange County as a partner. Salour will help grow the firm’s Data Security Incident Response team. He joins the firm from Lewis Brisbois.

“Kamran brings an excellent blend of incident response, compliance,

Finding that the defendant debt collector was entitled to rely on the information provided by its client about the name of the debtor, a district court judge in Washington state granted summary judgment in favor of Puget Sound Collections, Inc. (PSC) in a Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA) case. Angela Campbell v. Puget Sound

On January 18, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) conditionally approved an application by Social Finance Inc. (SoFi) to acquire Golden Pacific Bank, National Association, so long as the new bank does “not engage in any crypto-asset activities or services.”

SoFi’s application allows for the creation of SoFi Bank, National Association (SoFi

In a January 10 report titled, “Virtual Currencies: Additional Information Could Improve Federal Agency Efforts to Counter Human and Drug Trafficking,” the Government Accountability Office (GAO) identified virtual currency kiosks as one reason driving an increase in the use of crypto payments to facilitate illegal activities, such as human and drug trafficking. According to the

On December 8, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published the 25th edition of its Supervisory Highlights report, which summarized key findings from examinations completed between January 2021 and June 2021. While the report covers a number of areas of consumer finance, it specifically stated the CFPB “is prioritizing mortgage servicing supervision work