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Mobile Phone Maker BLU Products Settles with FTC Resolving Allegations of Lax Data Security Practices

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Mobile phones are ubiquitous extensions of our personal and professional lives and few think deeply about the tangled webs of software and hardware providers that formulate components to mobile phone fabricators.  However, the Federal Trade Commission’s recent settlement with BLU Products represents an important reminder of the importance of appropriate vendor oversight in all phases of the manufacturing and sales process.

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Senate Confirms All Five Nominees to the FTC

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The Senate officially confirmed the five nominees to the Federal Trade Commission on April 26.  As noted in previous blogs, Joseph Simons will become the new chairman and Joshua Phillips, Rebecca Slaughter and Rohit Chopra will join the Commission immediately.

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FTC Announces Expanded Settlement with Uber

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The FTC withdrew its August 2017 administrative complaint and proposed consent agreement with Uber Technologies, Inc. (Uber) and issued a revised complaint against Uber Technologies, Inc. Uber has accepted a revised proposed consent agreement which will be subject to public comment for 30 days.

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Tabula Rasa: President Nominates Fifth FTC Commissioner

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As anticipated, President Trump nominated Rebecca Slaughter, Chief Counsel to Senator Charles Schumer, for the FTC’s fifth vacant commissioner slot. Ms. Slaughter identified the following items as the top three challenges facing the FTC:

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FTC Requests the Shut Down of a Deceptive Cryptocurrency “Ponzi” Scheme

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Recent activity by the FTC in court continues to indicate that federal regulators are prepared to take a strong stance on deceptive practices related to cryptocurrency.

In a complaint, filed on February 20, 2018, the FTC alleges that Thomas Dluca, Louis Gatto, and Eric Pinkston engaged in unfair or deceptive business practice, and misrepresented material facts, associated with businesses known as the “Bitcoin Funding Team,” “My7Network,” and “Jetcoin.”

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FTC Settlement with PayPal Resolving Allegations That Venmo Made Misrepresentations to Consumers and Violated the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act

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The FTC has entered into a Consent Agreement with PayPal, Inc., settling allegations that PayPal, through its operation of Venmo, had violated Section 5 of the FTC Act and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act’s (“GLBA”) Privacy and Safeguards Rules.   PayPal operates Venmo, a payment and social networking application and website that allows consumers to make peer-to-peer payments, which also shares information regarding such payments through a social network feed.  The agreement will be subject to public comment for 30 days.

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