November 20, 2012 |
Shortly before Election Day, a Stanford graduate student reported that the campaign Web sites of President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney were "leaking" personal information about their supporters through careless data handling. Had it been Facebook and Google, a federal investigation might have ensued, and the companies could have suffered significant public relations setbacks and perhaps fines. But the Federal Trade Commission, the government agency most focused on personal privacy, has no...
March 27, 2012 |
On Monday, the Federal Trade Commission released a privacy framework that outlined the agency's suggestions for companies wrestling with the issue of consumer privacy. What did the FTC recommend?: The agency recommended that Congress consider baseline privacy legislation regulating data brokers, The Washington Post reported. As The Post's Cecilia Kang wrote, "The FTC called for legislation on data brokers — the Web's information middlemen, such as Lexis Nexis and Choicepoint — who take data that has been...
January 26, 2012 |
November 29, 2011 |
Facebook has settled complaints by the Federal Trade Commission, which alleged the company allowed advertisers and others to access users' personal information even though it promised to protect their privacy, the agency said Tuesday. The settlement over eight counts of privacy violations will force the the social network to obtain consent from consumers before changing its privacy policies. It also will be subject to regular, independent reviews of its practices for 20...
May 28, 2009 |
Can a new tech service that packages online news with social media features and a multi-tiered payment system (including subscriptions and micro-payments) save journalism? That's the question CircLabs, a new JV between the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) and a group of media entrepreneurs, will try to answer when it rolls out "Circulate," a personalized news syndication service later this year . Full details on how Circulate will work aren't clear,...
September 4, 2013 |
The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday ordered the manufacturer of a child monitoring device to improve its security after a hacker gained access to hundreds of video fees of private homes and posted them online. According to the FTC, the feeds "displayed private areas of users' homes and allowed the unauthorized surveillance of infants sleeping in their cribs, young children playing and adults engaging in typical daily activities. " The enforcement action represented the agency's first crackdown on Internet-connected consumer devices.