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CCPA and ‘Reasonable Security’: A Game Changer


By on Jan 21, 2020
Posted In Consumer Protection, Data breach, Data Privacy

On January 1, 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) went into effect. The CCPA applies to a wide range of companies and broadly governs the collection, use and sale of personal information of California residents (i.e., consumers and certain other individuals) and households. The CCPA provides that consumers may seek statutory damages...

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The General Data Protection Regulation: Key Requirements and Compliance Steps for 2018


By , , , , , , , , and on Feb 6, 2018
Posted In Big Data, Consumer Protection, Cybersecurity, Data Privacy

Enforceable in all EU member states on 25 May 2018, the General Data Privacy Regulation will require action by organisations both inside and outside the European Union to ensure compliance with this far-reaching privacy legal framework. Compliance is even more urgent given that the GDPR provides for large penalties in cases of infringement. As some...

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FTC Approves Final Order with AmeriFreight: Websites Must Disclose Endorsements


By on May 22, 2015
Posted In Advertising & Marketing

Earlier this year, AmeriFreight, a Georgia-based auto shipment broker, settled with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges that the company posted customer reviews on its website while failing to disclose that it had given cash discounts to customers in exchange for the reviews.  According to the FTC complaint, AmeriFreight touted on its website homepage that...

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Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) 3.0 Encryption Declared “No Longer Acceptable” to Protect Data


By on Feb 17, 2015
Posted In Consumer Protection, Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, Ecommerce

On Friday, February 13, 2015, the Payment Cards Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council (Council) posted a bulletin to its website, becoming the first regulatory body to publicly pronounce that Secure Socket Layers  (SSL) version 3.0 (and by inference, any earlier version) is “no longer… acceptable for protection of data due to inherence weaknesses within the...

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New COPPA Parental Consent Method Approved by FTC


By on Jan 10, 2014
Posted In Consumer Protection, Data Privacy

The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) amended Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule (16 CFR § 312 et seq.), effective July 1, 2013, allows industry groups and companies to apply for FTC approval of new parental consent methods that aim to provide substantially the same or greater protections for children’s online privacy than the parental...

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