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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,…

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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,…

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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.…

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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…