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May 16th, 2014
FTC Settles with Snapchat over Alleged Privacy and Security Violations
Snapchat Inc., developer of a popular mobile photo and video messaging app designed to bring the fabled self-destructing message to life, has agreed to settle FTC allegations that it misrepresented its privacy and data security practices - including that its messages could be made to "disappear forever" seconds after viewing.
The FTC complaint alleged that Snapchat made the following misrepresentations, among others:
- Although recipients could use third-party apps to save snaps indefinitely, Snapchat represented that senders of messages, or "snaps," could control how many seconds a recipient had to view the snap. The complaint alleged Snapchat did nothing to address this issue, even after receiving a security researcher's warning.
- Snapchat stored video snaps on recipients' devices in a location that remained accessible to recipients who connected their device to a computer and searched the device's file directory.
- Snapchat failed to secure its "Find Friends" feature, resulting in a security breach permitting hackers to compile millions of Snapchat usernames and phone numbers. The company also failed to verify users' phone numbers, which resulted in users sending personal snaps to strangers who registered phone numbers that did not belong to them.
Read full FTC press release - "Snapchat Settles FTC Charges That Promises of Disappearing Messages Were False".
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Other Privacy & Data Security Law Alerts
No Harm, No Foul: Court Dismisses Biometric Data Privacy Class Action Against NBA 2K Games
Biometric data — from, e.g., retina, face and fingerprint scans — plays a big role in the current wave of new technology services. For example, biometrics provide security features for financial and healthcare products. But companies using or thinking of using biometric data have to comply with myriad privacy and data security laws and regulations, or face potential enforcement action and litigation.
February 16 2017
FTC Hits Targeting Platform Turn Inc. for Deceptive Online Tracking
On Tuesday, December 20, the FTC announced a settlement with digital marketing platform Turn Inc. over claims that the company deceptively tracked users across the Internet for advertising purposes.
December 22 2016
FCC Adopts Broadband Consumer Privacy Rules
On October 27, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an Order requiring broadband Internet service providers and all other telecommunications carriers providing telecommunications services to take greater steps to protect the privacy of their customers, including current and former subscribers and new applicants. Here's a summary of the key obligations imposed on carriers:
November 22 2016