It is impossible to browse the Internet without bumping into a popup window requesting consent to enable cookies on the page. Cookies are text files saved to devices that contain information about a person’s Internet activity and preferences. Since website cookies track what a user does on the site, the data about the user’s behavior will be present and deployed when the person visits the site again.
TikTok’s ownership and operation makes things complicated in the U.S. ByteDance, a China-based company, is the parent company of TikTok and in 2017, it acquired Musical.ly, an American social media company, for one billion dollars.
Everyone knows about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR is the EU’s new privacy regime in the region. Over a year has passed since its implementation and organizations are discovering how strict EU countries will enforce the law. One main provision of the GDPR is for organizations to have security measures in place that will safeguard private consumer data. read more
A major goal of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) is to protect consumer privacy. The rise in technology has made personal information of consumers more vulnerable than ever before. Because of this, the FTC has started to bring more data security and privacy cases against big tech companies. Since the U.S. does not have a comprehensive federal privacy law or independent agency solely committed to privacy violations, enforcement falls under the FTC’s purview. For years, many privacy advocates have claimed that the FTC does not issue strong enough penalties against big tech companies that fail to adequately safeguard consumer data. Now that more people are talking about data privacy issues and recent data breaches, we see a trend emerging of the FTC issuing larger fines and calling for stricter privacy standards. Two noteworthy FTC investigations recently made headlines due to the fines involved.read more