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CBO: Low costs, rising revenues would be associated with data security bill

If enacted, the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2015 would cost the government $1 million to implement over five years and would increase revenues, via penalties paid by non-compliant businesses, by $9 million over 10 years, an assessment of the bill finds.

FTC announces formation of new technology research office, succeeding former mobile unit

The Federal Trade Commission announced March 23 the formation of a new unit that will provide expert research, investigative techniques and insights into a range of technology issues from the Internet of Things to privacy.

Senators seek national strategy that fosters innovation, economic growth with Internet of Things

So far, about 25 billion consumer devices such as home appliances to wearable technology are connected to the Internet, and that's expected to swell to 50 billion by 2020.

FTC's authority over data regulation remains unclear

It's still unclear whether the Federal Trade Commission overstepped its authority when it brought legal action against Wyndham Hotels and Resorts for negligent data security standards. An appellate court heard arguments in the case this week.

FTC offers best practices to improve consumer privacy, security around Internet of Things

The report summarizes a debate among participants at a November 19, 2013 workshop hosted by the FTC on the topic as well as other submitted public comments. The discussion was limited to IoT devices sold to or used by consumers, not those in a business-to-business context nor machine-to-machine communications.

White House rolls out data privacy, cybersecurity proposals before SOTU speech

President Obama will preview several measures to strengthen digital privacy and cybersecurity in a scheduled late morning address Jan.12 at the Federal Trade Commission, before he formally unveils them during his State of the Union speech next week, the White House said.

FTC warns Chinese mobile app developer it might be violating children's online privacy

BabyBus Network Technology's mobile apps are collecting geolocation information from children that might be in violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

T-Mobile agrees to $90M settlement over federal mobile cramming allegations

Federal officials alleged that the company charged customers millions of dollars for third-party subscriptions or services such as horoscopes, love tips and celebrity gossip that they never ordered or authorized. 

Google to pay customers refunds after FTC OKs order alleging unfair billing practices

Google will start contacting customers, whose children made unauthorized in-app purchases on Android devices, about potential refunds after federal regulators last week approved a final order regarding unfair billing practices.

Major privacy groups back FTC in consumer data lawsuit against Wyndham

Several major electronic privacy organizations have filed amicus briefs, supporting the Federal Trade Commission's lawsuit against Wyndham Worldwide Corp. that, the commission alleged, failed to protect consumer information.