FTC Announces Spike in Coronavirus Fraud, Suit Against Bogus SBA Lender

The FTC announced that its coronavirus-related fraud complaints have doubled in the last week to 7,800. The top categories of coronavirus-related fraud complaints include travel and vacation related reports about cancellations and refunds, reports about problems with online shopping, mobile texting scams, and government and business imposter scams. In fraud complaints that mentioned the coronavirus,…

FTC Releases Disclosure Guide for Influencers

The Federal Trade Commission has released a new publication for online influencers that lays out the agency’s rules of the road for when and how influencers must disclose sponsorships to their followers. The new guide, “Disclosures 101 for Social Media Influencers,” provides influencers with tips from FTC staff about what triggers the need for a disclosure…

FTC Releases Cybersecurity Basics Fact Sheets

The Federal Trade Commission has released a series of fact sheets and an introductory video on cybersecurity basics. The factsheets begin with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework which gives businesses an outline of best practices to help decide where to focus time and money for cybersecurity protection. Other topics covered are: Cybersecurity begins with strong physical security Ransomware Phishing…

Did the 11th Circuit Just Disarm the Nation’s Cybersecurity Cop?

Over the years, the Federal Trade Commission has emerged as the de facto traffic cop in addressing cybersecurity breaches.  Two recent cases sought to challenge the FTC’s authority in this area. The first was Wyndham Worldwide Corporation which challenged the FTC’s authority over data security only to have the Third Circuit affirm’s the FTC’s authority. The…

Webinar 4/26: Social Media Influencers and the FTC

Jeffrey Greenbaum and I will be presenting a webinar on Social Media Influencers and the FTC on Thursday, April 26th at Noon Pacific. The Federal Trade Commission is paying increased attention to social media influencer marketing. After a series of warnings, the FTC has begun enforcement actions against influencers and their advertisers.  What do influencers…

Coalition Launches Campaign to Get Big Tech to Agree to Increase Privacy and Data Security Protections

A coalition of civil liberties and human rights groups have launched a campaign to pressure tech companies to commit to stronger privacy and security practices via a Security Pledge, that they contend “would ensure the Internet is used to expand democracy, not undermine it” if adopted.  The pledge borrows several elements from the European Union’s GDPR…

PayPal Enters Consent Decree with FTC over Venmo Breaches

Venmo, a peer-to-peer mobile payment app acquired by PayPal, reached a consent decree over deceptive practices and privacy and data security issues. Funds Availability Policy The FTC charged that Venmo falsely represented that once a user credited their account the money could be freely transferred to your bank account.  In reality, despite many complaints, Venmo…

CLBR #288: FTC and Influencer Marketing with Jeffrey A. Greenbaum

FTC and Influencer Marketing with Jeffrey A. Greenbaum LISTEN/DOWNLOAD Jeffrey A. Greenbaum, Managing Partner of Frankfurt Kurnit, returns to discuss the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) increased focus on Influencer Marketing. Topics Covered State of the FTC Honored that @POTUS has expressed his intent to nominate me as a judge on the U.S. Court of Federal…