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Category Archives: E-Commerce

Trends in producer prices between e-commerce and brick-and-mortar retail trade establishments

Lana Borgie, BLS – “In contrast to all goods-producing industries and most service-providing industries, establishments engaged in wholesale and retail trade purchase goods primarily for direct resale to other businesses and consumers. The PPI views wholesalers and retailers as suppliers of distributive services (rather than goods), because little, if any, transformation of these goods takesContinue Reading

The Scope and Potential of FTC Data Protection

Hartzog, Woodrow and Solove, Daniel J., The Scope and Potential of FTC Data Protection (July 1, 2014). 83 George Washington Law Review, 2015, Forthcoming; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2014-40; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-40. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2461096 “For more than fifteen years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)Continue Reading

Facebook launches cross-device reporting for Facebook ads

The Hill – ‘Facebook is giving advertisers new information about how users notice and act on ads as they move between their computers, smartphones and tablets. In a post on Wednesday, Facebook said that it would begin allowing companies that advertise on the social media site “to see for the first time how people are moving between devicesContinue Reading

Consumer advisory: Virtual currencies and what you should know about them

CFPB: “You may have heard about virtual currencies like Bitcoin, XRP, and Dogecoin. But what are virtual currencies? What’s this “to the moon!” business on the internet about? And, as a consumer, what risks should you be aware of? While virtual currencies offer the potential for innovation, a lot of big issues have yet to beContinue Reading

Senator Schumer Calls On Regulators to Make Fitness Data Private

EPIC – Senator Charles Schumer has denounced the data collection practices of “activity trackers” such as FitBit. “Activity trackers” are mobile devices that record highly personal information about the wearer and constantly analyze the wearer’s activities, including their diet, exercise, sleep, and even sexual habits. However, it is not clear whether federal privacy law protects this personal data fromContinue Reading

Virginia has the fastest Internet in the US – Study

PCWorld: “If you want the fastest broadband Internet in the US, consider moving to Virginia. That’s the takeaway from a new bit of research from communications firm Broadview Networks, which ranks average broadband speeds for all 50 United States and the District of Colombia. Virginia tops the list with an average connection speed of 13.7 megabits per secondContinue Reading

Privacy in Online Markets: A Welfare Analysis of Demand Rotations

O’Brien, Daniel P. and Smith, Doug, Privacy in Online Markets: A Welfare Analysis of Demand Rotations (July 1, 2014). FTC Bureau of Economics Working Paper No. 323. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2477052 “We compare the private and social incentives for privacy when sellers can commit to transparent privacy policies that are understood by consumers. TheContinue Reading

Consumer Privacy Organizations Oppose Farcical Class Action Settlement

“EPIC, along with a group of consumer privacy organizations, has asked the Federal Trade Commission to object to an unfair class action settlement in California federal court. In 2010, Google was sued for sharing user web browsing information with advertisers. Under the proposed settlement agreement, Google will distribute several million dollars to a handful of organizations, many ofContinue Reading

HP Study Reveals 70 Percent of Internet of Things Devices Vulnerable to Attack

“HP Fortify on Demand is pleased to announce the release of its Internet of Things State of the Union Study, revealing 70 percent of the most commonly used Internet of Things (IoT) devices contain serious vulnerabilities. Why we did the study – Late last year, we were hearing a lot about Internet of Things, and a bit about IoT security,Continue Reading

US-CERT: Backoff Point-of-Sale Malware

Systems Affected – Point-of-Sale Systems – Alert (TA14-212A) “This advisory was prepared in collaboration with the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), United States Secret Service (USSS), Financial Sector Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC), and Trustwave Spiderlabs, a trusted partner under contract with the USSS.  The purpose of this release is to provide relevant andContinue Reading

FTC Staff Report on Mobile Shopping Apps Found Disclosures to Consumers Are Lacking

News release: “A new staff report issued by the Federal Trade Commission finds that many mobile apps for use in shopping do not provide consumers with important information – such as how the apps manage payment-related disputes or handle consumer data – prior to download. The report, What’s the Deal? An FTC Study on Mobile Shopping Apps, lookedContinue Reading

NY AG Releases Report Showing Rise In Data Breaches, Provides Security Tips To Small Businesses & Consumers

“Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today issued a new report examining the growing number, complexity, and costs of data breaches in the New York State. Using information provided to the Attorney General’s Office pursuant to the New York State Information Security Breach & Notification Act, the report, titled “Information Exposed: Historical Examination of Data Security in NewContinue Reading