The Federal Trade Commission Dec. 9 launched an update to FTC.gov. Among the website's features is a responsively-designed format, which allows users to access the site just as easily from a smartphone or tablet as they do on a desktop.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced Dec. 3 it would convene a multistakeholder process focused on privacy to develop a voluntary code of conduct that specifies how the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights applies to facial recognition technology in a commercial environment.
The Federal Trade Commission announced Oct. 23 it would extend the comment period for two proposals related to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.
Furloughed federal employees should watch out for a phone scam offering free government grants, the Federal Trade Commission says in an Aug. 8 blog post.
Officials across the federal government want a venue where they can share their experiences working with foreign regulatory agencies, the Government Accountability Office says. Venues for agencies to discuss international regulatory cooperation do exist, but they involve high-level officials, not those who are responsible for day-to-day implementation, GAO says in a report (.pdf) released August 1.
A revised version of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, which now includes online games and apps, went into effect July 1, a Federal Trade Commission press release says. "The revised COPPA rule addresses changes in the way children use and access the Internet, including the increased use of mobile devices and social networking," the release says.
The Application Developers Alliance is asking the Federal Trade Commission to extend its deadline to comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.
With minimal changes from the March 14 to April 4 version, the guiding principles of the five-page draft (.pdf) center around the use of short form notices. App developers and mobile service providers can use these notices to consistently display information about application practices, allowing consumers to "compare and contrast data practices of apps, with the goal of enhancing consumer trust in application information practices," according to the draft document.
Under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, mobile device manufacturer HTC America will develop and release software patches for its smartphones and tablet computers that put millions of consumers at risk, according to a Feb. 22 FTC press release.
When it comes to mobile platforms such as Apple's iOS, Google's Android, RIM's BlackBerry OS, and Microsoft's Windows Phone, the FTC recommends that these companies provide just-in-time disclosures to consumers and obtain their affirmative express consent before allowing apps to access sensitive content like geolocation.