FTC Settles Actions Against 12 Companies for Improperly Representing Safe Harbor Certification
January 2014Hogan Lovells Chronicle of Data Protection
Less than two months after the European Commission issued a report urging the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to step up enforcement of the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor framework, the FTC announced a settlement with twelve companies – including an Internet service provider, makers of consumer goods, three National Football League teams, and a developer of mobile applications – over allegations that they deceptively claimed to be certified under Safe Harbor. According to the FTC, each of these companies represented that they maintained an active Safe Harbor certification with the U.S. Department of Commerce when in fact they did not.