High-profile data breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus, and most recently Experian, have received the attention of federal agencies, Congress and state legislatures and state attorneys general. Consumers are fed up with the lax information security approaches of major companies and that unhappiness is being felt in government at all levels.
Identity theft remains the top online concern of the general public, though the degree to which it is feared may have eased a bit.
Google's chief internet evangelist, Vint Cerf said in a speech given before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last week that "privacy may actually be an anomaly." Apparently he doesn't think privacy a basic human right, but rather an "anomaly" created by the industrial revolution. Therefore, reverting to a state of no privacy at all for citizens might be a natural thing. Though his argument sounds convincing, his premise is completely wrong.
A complaint filed this week with the Federal Trade Commission by a children's advocacy group could signal a new push to hold app developers accountable for their marketing proclamations. The complaint from Boston-based Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood alleges that seven iOS apps marketed by toy maker Fisher-Price and another eight built by Slovakian developer Open Solutions falsely claim to teach infants spatial skills, numbers, language or motor skills, arguing that there is no conclusive scientific evidence to substantiate those assertions.
Recently, big data became a household name when the NSA's use of it sparked a huge conversation over consumer privacy.
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, urging the agency to investigate carrier efforts to offer secure consumer experiences across devices running Google's open-source Android mobile operating system.
The Federal Trade Commission has filed eight different complaints against 29 defendants charged with collectively sending more than 180 million unwanted text messages to consumers promising prizes including gift cards to big-box retailers including Target, Walmart and Best Buy.
The Federal Trade Commission is recommending that mobile platforms provide "just-in-time" disclosures to users about what personal information is being collected and get permission from the users to collect sensitive information.
The Federal Trade Commission issued new guidelines in an effort to increase transparency in how mobile app developers, app stores and other industry players store information about users. The news comes on the heels of another FTC announcement: Social networking app Path was fined $800,000 for violating the privacy of its underage users.