Posts Under: FTC

Proposals Aim to Improve the Effectiveness of the FTC while Preserving Consumer Protection

In 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) celebrated its 100-year anniversary, marking over a century as the lead consumer watchdog based on its broad authority established by Sec. 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, which prohibits “unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce.” The Commission has demonstrated that after a century, their Section 5 authority is flexible enough to keep pace with rapid technological evolution.  For instance, as SIIA has highlighted in a recent policy paper, the FTC settlement with TRENDnet demonstrated that the FTC’s regulatory authority is indeed applicable to the Internet of Things (IoT).  The FTC v. Wyndham demonstrated that while data security is not explicitly identified in Section 5, the FTC’s unfairness authority includes the ability to protect consumer data from data breaches. While there is little question of the critical value of the FTC as the lead regulator and enforcer of consume ...

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SIIA, Industry Express Strong Concerns with NIST Draft Privacy Framework

SIIA joined with 11 other industry organizations today to express strong concerns with the direction and potential impact of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) recently proposed privacy risk management framework.  Specifically, in their draft Internal Report, “Privacy Risk Management for Federal Information Systems”, NIST puts forward a privacy risk management framework with privacy engineering objectives and a privacy risk model.  The draft report is intended to offer a methodology to federal agencies to enable them to identify, calculate and account for privacy risks in their systems.

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Connected Car Principles Part of Trend Toward Corporate Privacy Commitments

SIIA applauds the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers for adopting a set of privacy principles for vehicle technologies and services. These principles, released on Thursday November 13, are a responsible step toward protecting the information collected by connected cars, and they reflect an important movement of strong corporate commitments to data privacy. Data has become essential for improving auto safety, reducing traffic congestion, increasing auto efficiency and powering other advanced services for 21st Century drivers. By bolstering consumer confidence, these principles will help make certain these advancements can continue. They cover transparency, choice, respect for context, data minimization, de-identification, retention, data security, integrity, access and accountability. In particular, they put limits on the use of geolocation information for marketing purposes and provide consumers with access to collected information. These ... more

SIIA Comments on the Use of Data Analytics to Promote Social and Economic Opportunity

Today SIIA filed comments in the Federal Trade Commission’s Workshop on “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?” The workshop was held on September 15 and usefully framed important developments in the use of data analytics for providing services to low income and underserved consumers and provided a forum for discussion of the possibility of unfair or discriminatory use of data analytics.

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Data Analytics in Education Promotes Social and Economic Opportunity

The recent FTC workshop “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?” posed important questions on whether and how analytics could be used to restrict life chances for people rather than create economic and social opportunity.  The answer lies in the hands of the user of the technology, not in the technology itself.  The critical question is how people use, implement or otherwise act on the discoveries – the indicators, insights and evidence – that data analytics can uncover or reveal.

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SIIA Welcomes Administration’s Privacy and Big Data Report; Says Current Regulatory Framework Can Respond to Potential Problems

SIIA today responded to the release of the Administration’s Report on Privacy and Big Data.  SIIA welcomed the report’s assessment that big data provides substantial public benefits and will provide more benefits in the future.  The organization believes the current regulations are adequate to address potential concerns.

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