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New bipartisan legislation opens way for digital product labeling

A new bipartisan bill would give technology manufacturers the option to digitally provide labeling information instead of physically stamping or engraving it on the product.

Congress, industry must act together to plug data breaches, consumer group says

Major data breaches compromising the private information of millions of users were major news items in 2013- so big, in fact, that the National Consumers League has launched an initiative to get Congress to do something about it.

FTC accuses T-Mobile of charging customers with bogus subscriptions

The Federal Trade Commission accused T-Mobile USA Inc. July 1 for charging its customers with bogus subscriptions that they never authorized.

Mobile tracking self-regulation failing, say federal officials

Government efforts to encourage industry to follow best practices for consumer protection in using mobile tracking technology have failed to this point due to their voluntary nature, said officials during a June 4 hearing.

FTC asks Congress to make data brokerage more transparent

The Federal Trade Commission wants Congress to consider legislation that would rein in data brokers – requiring them provide more information to consumers on their operations and reasonable access to the data collected about individuals.

FTC in position to enforce data stewardship standards among cloud providers, says paper

Enforcement actions by the Federal Trade Commission have laid a foundation for establishment of data stewardship standards controlling cloud services that involve processing personal data, say two academics. 

FTC lawsuit over hotel chain data breach can proceed

The Federal Trade Commission's push to regulate corporate data security survived an attempt in federal court to dismiss a case the agency brought against the Wyndham hotel chain for three data breaches.

Sharing cyber threat data doesn't violate anti-trust law

The private sector need not worry about violating anti-trust law if they share cyber threat data, officials from the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission said Thursday.

Scholars call for FTC to develop clear mission guidlines

Several scholars told a House panel Thursday that the Federal Trade Commission should develop clearer guidelines about its enforcement powers to help it balance its responsibility to both protect consumers and promote competition.

Underlying technology, IEEE – not retailers – to blame for mobile tracking privacy issues, says privacy group

Consumer groups are concerned that mobile analytics firms are helping retailers track the location of customers throughout their stores. But Seth Schoen, senior staff technologist at Electronic Frontier Foundation, isn't criticizing retailers or their analytics vendors. Instead, the blame goes much further back.