Latest Jon Leibowitz Stories

Facebook Settles Privacy Violation Charges With FTC
2011-11-30 06:21:53

Facebook has agreed to strengthen its privacy policies and submit to external audits to settle charges that the company misled its 800 million members about the use of their personal data, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on Tuesday. Under the terms of the deal, Facebook pledged to honor users' privacy preferences and to cease making false claims about the security of users´ personal information. The deal settles an investigation that began two years ago, when privacy...

Popular Websites Share More Personal Data Than You Think
2011-10-13 05:13:32

A new study finds that many of the Internet´s most popular websites are disclosing personal information to advertisers and other data collectors more frequently than previously believed, triggering renewed calls to implement "do not track" rules, according to various media reports. More than half of the 185 websites analyzed in the study shared a consumer's username or user ID with another site, according to the study by researchers at Stanford University's Computer Security...

Representatives Call On FTC To Look Into Use Of 'Supercookies'
2011-09-28 11:11:25

Representatives Joe Barton and Ed Markey have asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to look into MSN.com and Hulu.com's installation of cookies onto users' computers that are unable to be deleted. The two lawmakers asked FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz what the agency plans to do about the companies' use of "supercookies" The supercookies are placed on a user's computer when they visit websites that want to collect personal data.  The lawmakers said these super cookies are able to...

FTC Moves To Strengthen Online Privacy For Children
2011-09-16 04:37:32

  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is proposing tougher privacy protections to help safeguard children's personal information online. The new rules, which apply to children under the age of 13 years old, would tighten requirements covering the collection and storage of personal information by websites, and the way in which websites solicit and obtain parental approval. The Commission said the amendments to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA) are designed to...

2011-08-15 11:20:00

Company Collected Kids' Information Without Their Parents' Consent WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A developer of mobile applications, including children's games for the iPhone and iPod touch, will pay $50,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the FTC's COPPA Rule by illegally collecting and disclosing personal information from tens of thousands of children under age 13 without their...

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  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
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