• On June 15, 2011, FTC Chairman Liebowitz spoke at a policy luncheon at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association Cable (NCTA) Cable Show in Chicago, and provided updates on a number of issues pending at the agency. For example, Chairman Liebowitz stated that the FTC will issue a final draft of its privacy report by the end of the year, after it is able to meet with stakeholders, and that new draft rules for child online privacy will likely be released in Fall 2011.
  • On June 14, 2011, FTC Commissioner Edith Ramirez spoke at the 21st annual Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference at Georgetown University Law Center, stating that the privacy of smartphone users must be more secure. Citing the sophistication and “always on” capabilities of smartphones, Commissioner Ramirez stated that teenage use of smartphones is of particular concern. She suggested adoption of a “Privacy by design” policy, which means that the smartphone should “collect only the data they need for a specific business purpose” and “only keep that information for as long as it is needed.”
  • The FTC and the Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime will host “Stolen Futures: A Forum on Child Identity Theft,” on July 12, 2011, at the FTC Conference facility at 601 New Jersey Avenue N.W., Washington DC, 20001. The forum will run from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Eastern, and according to the tentative agenda will feature several guest speakers, including Kathleen Styles, Chief Privacy Officer of the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, click here. To view the agenda, click here.
  • On May 26, 2011, the FTC announced that it will be updating its advisory guide on how federal advertising law applies to marketing and sales on the Internet. It last issued guidance on the topic in 2000, in a document entitled “Dot Com Disclosures: Information About Online Advertising.” The agency seeks public comment on possible revisions to the guide, particularly on the technical and legal issues that marketing entities and consumer advocates would like to see addressed. Comments may be submitted until July 11, 2011.

A copy of the Staff Invitation for comments on the Dot Com Disclosure Business Guidance Publication can be found here.

A copy of the FTC’s 2000 guide, “Dot Com Disclosures,” can be found here.

Interested parties may be submit comments electronically here