Verizon Privacy Fixes Show How To Avoid The FTC's Wrath

By Allison Grande (November 26, 2014, 4:00 PM EST) -- The Federal Trade Commission recently dropped its probe into Verizon Communications Inc.'s alleged failure to adequately secure routers it provided to its customers, giving companies a blueprint for how to avoid sweeping consent decrees that could put their privacy practices under the agency's microscope for decades.

The FTC informed Verizon in a Nov. 12 letter that it had elected to close its investigation into whether the company had engaged in unfair or deceptive acts or practices in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act by failing to secure, in a reasonable and appropriate manner, the routers it provided to its...

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