• On August 10, 2012, the FTC announced that it has accepted a final settlement with Facebook resolving charges that it deceived users by stating that they could keep their information on Facebook private, but then allowing that information to be shared and made public without their direct consent. The settlement was proposed in November of last year, and went through a public comment period. According to a statement released by the FTC, the settlement “requires Facebook to take several steps to make sure it lives up to its promises in the future, including by giving consumers clear and prominent notice and obtaining their express consent before sharing their information beyond their privacy settings, by maintaining a comprehensive privacy program to protect consumers’ information, and by obtaining biennial privacy audits from an independent third party.” The settlement also states, however, that Facebook denies the FTC’s allegations and makes no admission of guilt. The text of the final settlement is available here.
  • On August 6, 2012, the FTC published a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Request for Comment in the Federal Register regarding further modifications to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule. The FTC, in response to comments filed in September 2011, now proposes to modify certain definitions in the Rule to clarify its scope and strengthen its protections for the online collection, use, or disclosure of children's personal information. The proposed modifications are to the definitions “personal information,” “support for internal operations,” “website or online service directed to children,” and “operator.” Public comments on the Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking are due September 10, 2012. More information regarding the Supplemental Notice is available here. The text of the Federal Register Notice is available here.
  • The FTC will host a “Robocall Summit” on October 18, 2012, in Washington, DC. The purpose of the summit will be to examine issues surrounding illegal pre-recorded robocalls. It will also highlight industry innovations that could potentially be used to trace robocalls and prevent illegal robocallers from faking caller ID data. The Robocall Summit will be open to the public, and will include members of law enforcement, the telemarketing and telecommunications industry, consumer groups, as well as other stakeholders. More information about the FTC’s recent efforts related to robocall issues and the Robocall Summit is available here.