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…