FTC's 'Privacy By Design' Idea Will Impact Mobile
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission published a set of recommendations it believes businesses and the government should adopt when it comes to the privacy of American consumers. The FTC has five main items in the new privacy framework it wants to see addressed. The one item applying chiefly to mobile devices would require web sites and/or services to offer privacy policies that are "short, effective, and accessible to consumers on small screens." The FTC also wants to see Do Not Track more widely adopted and standardized; data brokers identified on a central web site where they explain their data policies; comprehensive tracking policies devised; and methods developed for the industry to self-regulate these codes. The FTC wants it to be easier for consumers across the web to know where, why, when, and how they are being tracked, and what's done with the data that is collected. It also wants the web to adopt an opt-in model. The recommendations need to be assessed by congress.
FTC Nails TracFone for $40M Over False Advertising
TracFone has agreed to pay customers $40 million to reimburse them for what the FTC labeled as deceptive advertising. From 2009 to 2013, TracFone advertised "unlimited data" plans for $45 per month.
Senators Question Verizon's Use of Supercookies
Democratic senators have sent letters to the FTC and FCC asking them to investigate Verizon's use of supercookies, particularly how they pertain to consumer privacy. The supercookies allow Verizon to track customer behavior, including web browsing history, for advertising purposes and cannot be turned off.
AT&T Can't Use 'Common Carrier' Label to Escape FTC Suit
A federal judge squashed AT&T's attempt to dismiss a lawsuit filed against it by the FTC. The FTC sued AT&T in October over throttling policies for "unlimited data" customers.
Google Launches 'My Account' Site with Privacy Controls
Google today published a new web site that people can use to manage their personal information. The My Account site offers a handful of features for checking the privacy of individual accounts and performing security checkups with step-by-step guides.