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FTC Settles Safe Harbor Enforcement Actions with Six Companies
The FTC brought the enforcement actions under its Section 5 authority, alleging that the companies’ misrepresentations are deceptive. The scope of the FTC’s actions is limited to the companies’ lapsed certification and did not address whether the companies were compliant with the substantive requirements of the Safe Harbor Program.
The proposed settlement agreements, open for public comment until November 5th, prohibits each company from making representations about its membership in any privacy, security, or any other compliance program sponsored by the government or any other third party. In addition the proposed terms require each company to comply with reporting and compliance obligations, including the retention of documents relating to its compliance with the order for 5 years and initial compliance reports to the FTC.
The key take-away from these actions is that the FTC is going to be more pro-active in its scrutiny of members of the Safe Harbor Program. We anticipate more enforcement actions under Section 5 based on misrepresentations about compliance with Safe Harbor obligations, and likely further actions against companies with lapsed certifications.
The FTC complaints, proposed settlements and related documents are available at http://ftc.gov/opa/2009/10/safeharbor.shtm.
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