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EPIC Alleges Epic FTC Fail In Google Saga; We Review the Complaint

Posted in Enforcement

On February 8, 2012, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) asked the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia to compel the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to enforce the terms of the agency’s Google Buzz privacy settlement with Google. EPIC seeks to compel the FTC to stop Google’s planned consolidation of user data from across the company’s services into a single profile for each user under a single privacy policy. EPIC has alleged that the proposed changes and the way Google seeks to implement the changes violate the Google Buzz consent order. The District Court will hear the case before March 1, 2012.
In this post, we discuss the highlights of EPIC’s complaint, Google’s response and lessons learned.

FTC Takes a Big Step in Privacy Enforcement with Google Buzz Settlement

Posted in Enforcement, Information Security

The Google Buzz settlement that the Federal Trade Commission announced on March 30, 2011 is the latest in the line of the Commission’s numerous Section 5 actions related to privacy and data security violations. The Google Buzz settlement, however, is unique in several important ways. The settlement represents (i) the first FTC settlement order has requires a company to implement a comprehensive privacy program to protect the privacy of consumers’ information, and (ii) the Commission’s first substantive U.S.-EU Safe Harbor framework enforcement action. Let’s dive in (make sure to read the “Action Item” at the conclusion of the post!).