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Game on: FTC loot box workshop set to start
Wed, 07 Aug 2019 09:21:41 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

The time has come to take a closer look at loot boxes. The FTC’s workshop, Inside the Game: Unlocking the Consumer Issues Surrounding Loot Boxes, begins at 10:00 ET today. Moments before the start time we’ll post a link to the live webcast.

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All aboard for Atlanta
Tue, 06 Aug 2019 15:59:34 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

According to musical legend, a buddy of songwriter Jim Weatherly commented that his girlfriend was leaving on the “midnight plane to Houston.” The buddy was Lee Majors of Six Million Dollar Man fame and his girlfriend (and later wife) was actress Farrah Fawcett. Mr. Weatherly filed the phrase away and later used it as inspiration for his megahit, Midnight Train to Georgia.

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Ready Panel One: FTC workshop considers consumer implications of loot boxes
Mon, 29 Jul 2019 13:10:35 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

For members of the videogame industry, loot boxes are no game. They’re a serious part of the revenue stream. But do loot boxes – grab bags of digital goodies bought with in-game virtual currency or real money – raise consumer protection concerns? What about the potential impact on young consumers?

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FTC sues Cambridge Analytica for deceptive claims about consumers’ personal information
Wed, 24 Jul 2019 09:05:58 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

The data that Facebook collects about its users could reveal a lot about users’ personalities. A company named Cambridge Analytica sure thought so. The FTC alleges Cambridge Analytica used false and deceptive tactics to harvest personal information from tens of millions of Facebook users – data later used to profile and target U.S. voters.

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FTC’s $5 billion Facebook settlement: Record-breaking and history-making
Wed, 24 Jul 2019 08:52:35 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

If you’ve ever wondered what a paradigm shift looks like, you’re witnessing one today. The FTC’s $5 billion civil penalty against Facebook for violations of an earlier FTC order is record-breaking and history-making. In addition, the settlement requires Facebook to implement changes to its privacy practices, its corporate structure, and the role of CEO Mark Zuckerberg that are seismic in scope.

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$575 million Equifax settlement illustrates security basics for your business
Mon, 22 Jul 2019 06:48:47 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

Patch your software. Segment your network. Monitor for intruders. According to tech experts, those are security basics for businesses of any size. But when you’re industry giant Equifax – a company in possession of staggering amounts of highly confidential information about more than 200 million Americans – it’s almost unthinkable not to implement those fundamental protections.

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New block on the kids? FTC announces COPPA review and workshop
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 15:29:08 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

No – nobody is really suggesting a block on kids. But the FTC is taking a fresh look at the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule and we couldn’t resist the title’s reference to 90s tweens’ favorite boy band, now parents themselves. For years we’ve been “Hangin’ Tough” about the need to protect kids’ personal information online, but it’s time for a “Step By Step” review of the COPPA Rule.

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Starting soon: FTC’s Nixing the Fix
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:36:11 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

How do repair restrictions for tech devices, appliances, cars, etc., affect consumers and small businesses? What are the arguments for and against? And what’s the fix? Those are topics of Nixing the Fix: A Workshop on Repair Restrictions – and it’s set to start soon. At 12:30 ET today, you can watch the live webcast.

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Who’s in the mix at Nixing the Fix?
Tue, 09 Jul 2019 14:11:51 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

Coldplay sang “Fix You,” but if the group had been referring to their tech devices, cars, or other products in need of repair, their efforts could have consumer protection ramifications. A July 16, 2019, FTC event, Nixing the Fix: A Workshop on Repair Restrictions, will focus on the state of the repair marketplace. Are manufacturers making it difficult (or even impossible) for consumers or independent shops to make product repairs?

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D-Link settlement: Internet of Things depends on secure software development
Tue, 02 Jul 2019 14:32:53 -0400 - By Lesley Fair

The FTC has been keeping a close watch on the Internet of Things since the Internet of Things became a thing to watch. That includes law enforcement actions against companies alleged to have sold vulnerable connected devices that put consumers’ sensitive information at risk. Affected devices could even become – in effect – zombies that do the bidding of malicious botnets that threaten the Internet.

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