Internet Privacy Back on the Agenda

On April 3,  President Trump signed legislation repealing the Federal Communications Commission privacy rules.  During their spring recess, Republican members of Congress received an earful from angry consumers. One month later, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), who introduced the repeal resolution in the House, introduced H.R. 2520 the “Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and…

FTC New Target – Occupational Licensing

New acting Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Maureen K. Ohlhausen announced as her first major policy initiative for the agency – Occupational Licensing Reform.  This will be the focus of the FTC’s new  Economic Liberty Task Force. As the FTC explains; Nearly thirty percent of American jobs require a license today, up from less than five percent…

NIST Releases Updated Cyber Security Framework

In a 2013 Executive Order “Improving Critical 69 Infrastructure Cybersecurity,” President Obama called for the development of a voluntary risk-based Cybersecurity Framework – a set of industry standards and best practices to help organizations manage cybersecurity risks. The first such Framework was released in 2015 and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), working…

FTC Sues D-Link over Lack of IofT Security

The Federal Trade Commission regulates unfair and deceptive trade practices and D-Link Corporation and D-Link Systems ran afoul of both through its routers, IP cameras, baby monitors and other products designed to integrate consumers’ home networks. D-Link’s promotional materials assured buyers that their routers “support[] the latest wireless security features to help prevent unauthorized access,…

Tech and Trump: What to Expect From the New Administration (Part 1: FTC, FCC, DOJ)

Last Updated:  January 30, 2017. The meeting between President-Elect Donald Trump and the tech community was as notable for who was there and for who was not.  The meeting was attended by: Team Trump – Family POTUS-E Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner (son-in-law), Eric Trump, Donald Trump, Jr. Team Trump – Other VPOTUS-E Mike Pence,…

Ashley Madison Pays $1.6M in Data Breach, Fraud Settlement

In a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and 13 states, Ashley Madison agreed to pay $1.6 million dollars and implement a comprehensive data-security program, stemming from charges that the website deceived consumers and failed to protect 36 million users’ account and profile information in relation to a massive July 2015 data breach of their network.…

FTC Releases Staff Report on Sharing Economy

In June 2015, the FTC held a workshop on consumer issues raised by the Sharing Economy.  This month, they have released their staff report of findings from the workshop. Here is a summary of their findings on regulatory issues: Should sharing economy suppliers and platforms face regulation? Panelists and commentators hotly debated this topic. Some…