FTC Finalizes Privacy Shield Settlement Over Allegations about Participation

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 13, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a government agency that protects consumers and promotes competition – finalized a settlement with a medical diagnostic devices and services company over allegations the firm misled consumers about its participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. The …

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European Union (EU) Court Invalidates EU-U.S. Privacy Shield for Data Transfers

Written By Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) On July 16, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued a decision that invalidated the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework and opened the door for the possible suspension of data transfers from the European Union to the United States based on the Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs), …

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FTC Virtual Workshop Seeks Input on Changes to Safeguards Rule of GLB Act

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 13, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a U.S. government agency that protects consumers and promotes competition – will host “An FTC Workshop on GLB Standards” that seeks input on proposed changes to the Safeguards Rule of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLB) Act which requires financial …

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FTC Settles Case of Misleading Consumers about Privacy Shield Participation

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 30, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a government agency that protects consumers and promotes competition – announced that the FTC settled allegations that an operator of secure data centers misled consumers about its participation in the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework that allows participants …

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Enforcement of California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Begins July 1, 2020

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 30, 2020, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued an alert reminding consumers of their data privacy rights under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which provides consumers with access to and control over their personal information. The Attorney General will begin enforcement of the CCPA …

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Former eBay Employees Charged with Leading Alleged Cyberstalking Campaign

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 15, 2020, six former employees of eBay, Inc. were charged with “leading a cyberstalking campaign targeting the editor and publisher of a newsletter that eBay executives viewed as critical of the company” that included sending anonymous and threatening messages, sending disturbing deliveries, and conducting covert …

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FTC Approves Settlement with Background Check Firm Over Privacy Shield

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 23, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a U.S. government agency protecting consumers – announced it gave final approval to a settlement with a background check firm over allegations the company misrepresented participation in and compliance with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework that enables …

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FTC Releases Privacy and Data Security Update for 2019

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On February 25, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the nation’s primary privacy and data security enforcer – released its annual “Privacy and Data Security Update for 2019” that highlighted a record year for enforcement actions over consumer privacy and data security, according to an FTC …

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FTC Finalizes Settlements with Four Companies Over Privacy Shield Allegations

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 29, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a government agency promoting competition while protecting and educating consumers – announced it had finalized settlements with four companies over allegations they made false claims in connection with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework that enables companies to …

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FTC Finalizes Settlements with Five Companies Over Privacy Shield Participation

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 16, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – a government agency promoting competition while protecting and educating consumers – announced it had finalized settlements with five companies over allegations they falsely claimed certification under EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework that enables companies to transfer consumer data …

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