American Apparel is no stranger to controversy.  It has weathered criticism over its advertisements, t-shirt designs, employment practices, and CEO’s behavior, among other things.  But now it has run into a new kind of trouble, as it has settled charges by the Federal Trade Commission that it falsely claimed to be a current participant in the U.S.-European Union and U.S.-Switzerland Safe Harbor Frameworks, when its self-certification had actually expired.  The proposed settlement prohibits the company from misrepresenting “the extent to which respondent is a member of, adheres to, complies with, is certified by, is endorsed by, or otherwise participates in any privacy or security program sponsored by the government or any other self-regulatory or standard-setting organization,” including the U.S.-EU and the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Frameworks.