• On August 19, 2011, the FTC announced that it approved settlements with three credit report resellers: SettlementOne Credit Corporation; ACRAnet, Inc.; and Fajilan and Associates, Inc., also doing business as Statewide Credit Services. The cases involved FTC allegations that the companies “did not take reasonable information security steps to protect consumers’ data, allowing hackers to access more than 1,800 credit reports without authorization.” The settlement requires the companies “to strengthen their data security procedures and submit to audits for 20 years.” More information is available here.
  • Starting August 25, 2011, new privacy controls were activated on Facebook that allow users to selectively distribute posts, pictures, and other shared content. The move by Facebook is viewed as a reaction to similar features in Google+ using what it calls “Circles”. The privacy changes also allow users to pre-approve being tagged in photos by other users. The ACLU has provided its review of the changes, available here.