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Robocalls: Automating Nuisance Calls

Posted by David Harley on August 8, 2016

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Recently I received an email from Nikki Courtney of Radio KTRH, in Houston, requesting a radio interview on robocalls. Why me, I’m not sure, unless it was because of an article I wrote earlier this year for ESET. It’s academic really, as I live in entirely the wrong time zone, and was in any case out of […]

FTC demonstrates that the US takes Safe Harbor seriously

Posted by Kevin on April 7, 2015

Hallelujah, I have seen the light! What are we Europeans worrying about? Safe Harbor is safe in the safe hands of that pit-bull defender of privacy, the Federal Trade Commission. Let me explain… The FTC came across 2 out of hundreds of US companies in breech of the EU-US Safe Harbor agreement, and has chastised […]

Update on FTC penalties against TRUSTe

Posted by Alexander Hanff on November 22, 2014

As many people will know I was in Brussels earlier this week delivering two presentations at the IAPP Europe Data Protection Congress.  I was there to talk about encrypted email in the first session and mobile privacy (more specifically the risks BYOD pose to corporate networks, data and infrastructure) in the second session. On Wednesday […]

It is official, you can’t trust TRUSTe.

Posted by Alexander Hanff on November 17, 2014

Today the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a press release outlining details of a settlement reached with TRUSTe on the grounds that the “company failed to conduct annual recertifications, facilitated misrepresentation as non-profit”.  The FTC goes on to accuse TRUSTe of not following through on annual recertifications of companies who obtained their privacy seal from […]

(Alleged) support scam site knocked back

Posted by David Harley on October 26, 2014

Cold calling tech support scams: misleading advice, fake viruses, fake support package deals. Sadly, the FTC’s efforts only reach a few of the offenders.

Snapchat settlement shines a light on a potential EU / FTC safe harbour stitch-up

Posted by Kevin on May 11, 2014

When Europe learned about the extent of NSA surveillance on the personal information of European citizens there was immediate concern over the effectiveness of the EU/US safe harbour agreement. Under European data protection laws, personal data cannot be exported to a foreign country that does not have data protection laws considered comparable to EU laws. […]