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Federal Trade Commission Reports on Fraud Cases

The Federal Trade Commission has reached a new record in the number of received complaints regarding government imposters. FTC said Monday that it received 46,600 complaints in May on cases of scammers posing as government representatives, with a total of 176,200 complaints on the issue filed in 2019 as of spring.

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GAO: FTC Needs New Authority to Better Secure Consumer Data Online

The Government Accountability Office said the Federal Trade Commission needs a new internet privacy law that would expand the agency’s authority to protect consumer data from unfair and deceptive trade practices. A GAO report published on Thursday highlighted the outdated regulations that the commission uses to govern the collection, use and sale of consumers' personal information.

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Raghav Vajjhala Talks FTC’s Cloud Migration, Other IT Modernization Efforts

Raghav Vajjhala, chief information officer of the Federal Trade Commission, has said the FTC will advance its information technology modernization efforts by using a multiple-award contract with four companies, Federal News Network reported Friday. Vajjhala said on the Ask the CIO program that migrating email to the cloud would be one of the first task orders.

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VA Updates Agreement With FTC to Protect Veterans From Fraud

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Federal Trade Commission renewed an agreement to address acts of fraud against military servicemen, veterans and their dependents on education benefits and services. The renewed agreement presents a cooperative framework to guide investigations and actions against organizations attempting to deceive servicemen with false education advertising, FTC said Friday.

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Senate Dems Propose Bill to Secure Personal Data Online

Senate Democrats introduced a bill to increase security for citizens’ personal data on public websites and apps. Sen. Brian Schatz, top Democrat on the Senate Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet subcommittee, led the proposal of the Data Care Act that would require online providers to improve security of personal information and prevent misuse of user data, according to a statement posted Wednesday
 

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FTC Efforts Have Led to $1.6B in Consumer Refunds in FY 2018

FTC Chairman Joseph Simons on Tuesday testified before the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security, telling lawmakers that Commission actions on complaints against a number of businesses resulted in more than $1.6B in consumer refunds during the previous fiscal year. Among the companies required to self-administer consumer refund efforts are Amazon and the Volkswagen Group of Companies.

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Proposed Bill Intends to Protect Consumer Privacy; Suzan Delbene Quoted

Reps. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., and Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y. have introduced a bill aiming to augment protection of U.S. consumer information. The Information Transparency and Personal Data Control Act would require companies to attain user consent before being able to use private information, DelBene's office said Thursday.

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Report: Abigail Slater to Serve as Tech Adviser to Trump

Abigail Slater, general counsel at the Internet Association, will join the White House’s National Economic Council as special assistant to the president for technology, telecommunications and cybersecurity policy, The Hill reported Thursday. Slater will succeed Grace Koh when the latter leaves in March and will advise President Donald Trump on technology, telecommunications …

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