Photo of Sheila A. MillarPhoto of Tracy P. Marshall

On September 13, 2021, President Biden nominated Alvaro Bedoya for Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to replace outgoing FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra. Earlier this year, President Biden nominated Chopra to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). If confirmed, Bedoya would round out the slate of FTC commissioners and solidify the agency’s Democratic

Photo of Sheila A. MillarPhoto of Tracy P. Marshall

As the Labor Day weekend approaches, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) are warning U.S. entities to remain alert and protect against the rising incidence of ransomware attacks over holidays and weekends. A joint cybersecurity advisory issued on August 31, 2021 reviews recent ransomware attacks that occurred over

Photo of Sheila A. MillarPhoto of Tracy P. Marshall

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) took the unprecedented step of removing one of the approved Safe Harbor organizations under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) for failing to provide effective monitoring and assessment of its member companies’ websites, as required under the COPPA Rule. Earlier this year, Commission staff warned Aristotle International, Inc., whose

Photo of Sheila A. Millar

The Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU), a division of BBB National Programs, recently updated its Self-Regulatory Guidelines for Children’s Advertising. Important updates include:

  • To align with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the Guidelines now apply to national advertising primarily directed to children under the age of 13 instead of under 12, regardless

Photo of Sheila A. MillarPhoto of Tracy P. Marshall

As Congress remains locked in a stalemate over the terms of a comprehensive federal privacy law, states continue to forge ahead. Following California, Virginia is the second U.S. state to enact its own comprehensive privacy law governing the collection and use of personal data. Governor Ralph Northam signed the Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (CDPA)

Photo of Sheila A. MillarPhoto of Tracy P. Marshall

On April 29, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will host a virtual public workshop to examine the nature and effects of “dark patterns” on online user behavior. “Bringing Dark Patterns to Light: An FTC Workshop” is expected to explore ways in which user interfaces can have the effect, intentionally or unintentionally, of obscuring, subverting,