On January 18, the FTC released its annual report on the agency’s privacy and data security work performed in 2017. Among other items, the report highlights consumer-related enforcement activities in 2017, including:

  • a settlement with a ride-sharing company over allegations that it violated the FTC Act by making deceptive claims about its privacy and data practices (previously covered by InfoBytes here);
  • the first EU-U.S. Privacy Shield action resulting in settlements with three companies over allegations that they falsely claimed they were certified to take part in the framework (previously covered by InfoBytes here); and
  • a joint settlement with the New Jersey Attorney General against a “smart” television manufacturer for claims that it secretly gathered users’ viewing data and sold it to third parties who used the data for targeted advertising (previously covered by InfoBytes here).

The report also covers the FTC’s approval of TRUSTe’s proposed modifications to its safe harbor program under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), previously covered by Infobytes here; and the agency’s actions related to the national “Do Not Call” Registry.