Earlier today the Federal Trade Commission issued its long-awaited final report “Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change: A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers” focusing on three primary principles: 1) Privacy by Design; 2) Simplified Choice for Businesses and Consumers; and 3) Greater Transparency. The vote approving the report was 3-1. Commissioner J. Thomas Rosch dissented from the issuance of the Final Privacy Report.
Consumers are more likely to purchase products from online retailers who are protective of consumer privacy, according to researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. The study, entitled “The Effect of Online Privacy Information on Purchasing Behavior: An Experimental Study” found that the availability and accessibility of information regarding online retailers’ privacy practices can affect consumers’ decisions… Continue Reading
(co-authored by Nicole Friess, Esq.) The privacy landscape appears to be shifting toward a model that promotes greater consumer awareness of and control over data. Reflecting its consumer protection mission, the FTC’s Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change issued December 1, 2010 urges companies to adopt a "privacy by design" approach. Senators… Continue Reading
On May 10, 2011, the Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law held a hearing on mobile privacy. We covered the hearing in detail on our blog. Yesterday, InfoLawGroup partner Boris Segalis spoke with Fox Live’s Tracy Byrnes about the balance between business and consumer interests that mobile privacy implicates.
The clip from the interview is available on Fox at http://video.foxnews.com/v/4689248/the-congressional-mobile-privacy-hearing/?playlist_id=86861
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!).
Venture capitalists (good ones, at least) focus heavily on changing market dynamics to help mitigate the tremendously high risk of investing in pre-seed, seed and early stage companies. As online privacy becomes an increasingly prominent concern, Internet companies and the VCs that back them should develop a solid understanding of the changing legal and regulatory… Continue Reading
On December 1, 2010, the Federal Trade Commission issued a preliminary report entitled “Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change, A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers”. The report proposes a framework to balance the privacy interests of consumers with innovation that relies on consumer information to develop beneficial new products and services.
Several important privacy issues were in the news in the first half of this week. Here’s our take on these stories, which covered online data collection, employee privacy and legislative battles about the future of privacy.