February 19, 2019

February 19, 2019

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FTC Releases 2017 Privacy and Data Security Report

On January 18, the Federal Trade Commission released its annual Privacy and Data Security Update, highlighting its enforcement efforts in 2017.  The report discusses significant enforcement efforts in the areas of privacy, data security, credit reporting and financial privacy, international enforcement, children’s privacy, and telemarketing.  The report also highlights the FTC’s efforts in advocacy, rulemaking, guidance, reports, workshops, and international engagement.

The report indicates that the FTC remains extremely active in its enforcement efforts, across various sectors. The report highlights enforcement actions against large high-profile companies, small businesses, and individuals.  As for workshops and guidance, FTC seemed most active in the areas of internet of things, financial privacy, and artificial intelligence.

Finally, the report notes that, in 2017, the FTC brought its first actions to enforce the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework, which became operational in August 2016.

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About this Author

Dena Feldman, healthcare attorney, Covington

Dena Feldman helps clients from across the health care industry navigate a range of complex regulatory and policy issues.

Ms. Feldman has particular expertise on health privacy issues arising under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”), the Health Information Technology for Clinical and Economic Health (“HITECH”) Act, and state medical privacy laws. Ms. Feldman also regularly counsels clients on the federal rules and policies governing Medicare and Medicaid, including the new mandates of the Affordable Care Act.