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May 04, 2022

State Privacy Round Up: Connecticut Set to Become Fifth State to Enact Privacy Law

As predicted, 2022 has been a busy year for the U.S. privacy world. Utah’s Consumer Privacy Act, the fourth state privacy law, was signed into law on March 24, 2022. Connecticut is now likely to be the fifth state to enact its own privacy law. The Connecticut Data Privacy Act (Senate Bill 6) passed both the House and Senate in [...]

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Mar 24, 2022

FTC Alleges HomeAdvisor Sold False, Misleading, or Unsubstantiated Leads Since 2014

On March 11, the FTC filed an administrative complaint against HomeAdvisor, Inc., alleging they sold false, misleading, or unsubstantiated leads to service providers since at least mid-2014. The FTC asserts that HomeAdvisor’s sales team and marketing materials misrepresented the quality, characteristics, and source of the leads. The Commission’s 4-0 decision to issue the complaint against HomeAdvisor officially begins this proceeding, [...]

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Mar 10, 2022

FTC Boosts GLBA Safeguards

In late 2021, the Federal Trade Commission amended the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act’s Safeguards Rule enhancing information security program (ISP) requirements that non-bank financial institutions must implement to protect their customers’ personal information. The Rule applies to financial institutions that are subject to the FTC’s jurisdiction and not regulated by another regulator, such as auto dealers, collection agencies, and payday lenders. Covered [...]

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Mar 03, 2022

State Privacy Round Up: Utah Set to Pass Privacy Law

We expected 2022 to be a busy year on the U.S. privacy front, and the first couple of months did not disappoint! The current headliner is the Utah Consumer Privacy Act, which the state legislature passed unanimously and should hit the governor’s desk before the legislature adjourns on March 4th. Utah modeled its law after the Virginia Consumer Data Protection [...]

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Feb 25, 2022

Privacy 2023: Planning for Compliance

Are you preparing for 2023’s new data privacy requirements? New privacy legislation in California, Colorado, and Virginia is coming and it’s going to impact – perhaps significantly! – how you process, store, and share consumer data. Depending on where your organization stands now, you may have a lot of work on your plate. Not sure where to start? Check out [...]

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Feb 21, 2022

California AG Warns Businesses Operating Loyalty Programs of CCPA Violations

On January 28th, National Data Privacy Day, California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced that his office had notified several businesses operating loyalty programs in California about alleged noncompliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The CCPA allows businesses to offer financial incentives in exchange for collecting, selling, or sharing personal information with the consumer’s consent. Businesses that offer a [...]

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Feb 03, 2022

FTC Hits Online Fashion Retailer with $4.2M Fine for Blocking Negative Reviews

Last week, Fashion Nova, a California fast-fashion retailer, signed a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission that requires it to pay $4.2 million. The FTC’s Complaint alleges that Fashion Nova blocked negative product reviews from being posted on its website. The agency says this is its first case to challenge the practice of suppressing negative customer reviews. Specifically, the FTC [...]

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Nov 16, 2021

Navigating Workplace Retaliation Charges in the COVID Era: Preparing an Effective EEOC Position Statement

Nearly two years into the coronavirus pandemic, we are seeing an increasing number of EEOC Charges of Discrimination include claims of retaliation, not only for discrimination of statutorily protected persons, but also with respect to employers’ response and remediation of COVID-19 related issues. EEOC Chair Burrows announced an EEOC initiative, launching on November 17, 2021, which will include a virtual [...]

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Oct 15, 2021

Did You Get a Letter From the FTC?

If you didn’t receive a warning letter from the Federal Trade Commission this month you are one of the lucky ones. The FTC has sent warning letters to hundreds of companies over the past several weeks. Using its Penalty Offense Authority, the FTC sent Notices of Penalty Offenses to more than 700 of the U.S.’s largest consumer products companies as [...]

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Oct 14, 2021

The FTC Cares About Five-Star Ratings and Education Claims

The Federal Trade Commission has warned hundreds of consumer product companies and for-profit schools that they may be engaging in unfair or deceptive behaviors that could result in future enforcement action if these behaviors do not change. The FTC was focused on two issues: 1) deceptive testimonials and endorsements, and 2) performance claims. The warnings signal the FTC’s intent to [...]

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