FTC Nails Social Media Influencers, Warns Others

The Federal Trade Commission recently settled with “TmarTn” Martin and Thomas “Syndicate” Cassell, two social media influencers who are widely followed in the online gaming community, on charges that they deceptively endorsed the online gambling service CSGO Lotto, while failing to disclose they jointly owned the company. They also allegedly paid other well-known influencers thousands of…

Uber Enters FTC Consent Decree Over Failure to Protect Consumer Data

In 2014, press reports revealed that Uber employees improperly accessed riders’ personal information using an internal company tool called the “God View.”  To respond to the controversy, Uber posted this statement on its site:   Uber has a strict policy prohibiting all employees at every level from accessing a rider or driver’s data. The only…

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,…