FTC: Mobile Payments on the Rise

This article takes a look at the mobile payments marketplace in the US and worldwide. This article introduces a recently released FTC report on mobile payments, entitled Paper, Plastic… or [...]

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Collecting Zip Codes a Privacy Violation?

This article looks at class action law suits in Massachusetts and California. Plaintiffs’ lawyers sued retailers for collecting customer ZIP codes at the checkout counter. This was first deemed illegal under California’s Song-Beverly Credit Card Act of 1971. Massachusetts has a similar consumer protection statute that prevents store clerks from writing down customers’ personal identification information not required by the credit card [...]

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Google Hit with Largest FTC Penalty Ever

This article follows up on Google’s Safari tracking cookie violation, which led to an FTC fine of $22.5 million. This is currently the largest fine imposed upon a privacy breach of this kind. Back in August 2012, the FTC charged Google with placing advertising tracking cookies on consumers’ computers, circumventing the Safari browser’s default cookie-blocking setting. The company was roundly criticized for exploiting an exception to the browser’s default setting and misrepresenting its privacy practices to [...]

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Should Congress enact a Privacy Bill of Rights?

In February 2012, the Obama administration announced a “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights,” as part of a comprehensive approach to protecting individuals’ online privacy rights and provide Internet users with greater control over how their personal information is being handled. The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights would give Internet users the right to: 1) Control what data is being collected; 2) Determine how their personal data is used and shared; 3) Avoid having information collected in one context, then used for another purpose; 4) Have data held securely; and 5) To know who is accountable for the misuse of their data. This article takes a look at some of the disagreements caused by the proposed bill of [...]

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Mobile Payments & Privacy Concerns

In recent years, more and more consumers have been introduced to mobile payment systems, which allow consumers to make payments through their mobile phones. While this method is becoming more popular, offering consumers a new level of convenience, security and reduced transaction fees, privacy rights organizations have also raised a number of concerns regarding the practice. Mobile payment transactions tend to reveal far more consumer information, to a greater number of entities. The article takes a look at a recent study entitled Mobile Payments: Consumer Benefits & New Privacy Concerns, which surveys consumers and reflects how this new technology is being received in the [...]

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