Picture this: Honoring the certification requirements of the US-EU Safe Harbor Framework

Business may seem borderless these days, but it’s important that companies honor applicable legal principles.  That’s especially true when it comes to privacy.  The good news for U.S.

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FTC says diaper claims didn't pass the smell test

What do dirty diapers and deceptive ads have in common?  (We’ll pause a moment so you can add your own punch line.)  Now that’s out of the way, the action against Portland-based Down to Earth Designs – consumers know them as gDiapers – is the FTC's latest effort to ensure the accuracy of environmental marketing claims.  But even if green isn't your game, the case also offers insights into what the FTC calls "unqu

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FTC challenges TeleCheck's checkered compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act

Whooping it up can be fun, but hooping it up – requiring consumers to jump through hoops to exercise their rights under the Fair Credit Report Act – is illegal.  That’s one message businesses can take from the FTC’s $3.5 million settlement with TeleCheck.

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15 minutes of game: Getting to the core of the FTC's $32.5 million settlement with Apple

Update (3/27/14): Apple will notify people about how to get refunds by April 15. The settlement requires Apple to provide full refunds for in-app charges made by kids without parental permission.

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Tax identity theft: What your business needs to know

They’re incredibly valuable.  In the wrong hands, they can be dangerous.  And they’re in your workplace right now.  What are they?  Your employees’ Social Security numbers.   Are you taking commonsense steps to thwart tax identity theft at your business?

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