A Tech Company’s Biggest Privacy Threat Is ... The FTC

Law360, New York (March 31, 2014, 1:45 PM EDT) -- Technology companies — from startups to megacorporations — should not overlook an old privacy foe: the Federal Trade Commission. Since its inception in 2002, the FTC’s data security program has significantly picked up steam. In the last two years, the FTC has made headlines for its hefty privacy-related fines against Google Inc. and photo-sharing social network, Path. In January 2014 alone, the agency settled with a whopping 15 companies for privacy violations. What is more, many of these companies’ practices were not purposefully deceptive or unfair; rather the violations stem from mere failure to invest the time and security resources needed...

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