FTC: Online billing service deceptively collected medical records
Wed 3 Dec 2014, 22:20

An online service allowing consumers to pay their medical bills failed to adequately inform them that it would also try to collect highly detailed medical information from their pharmacies, medical labs and insurance companies, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said.

The FTC has reached a proposed settlement with PaymentsMD, an Atlanta health billing company, and former CEO Michael Hughes requiring the company to destroy any medical information it collected related to its separate online medical records service, Patient Health Report, the agency said Wednesday.

PaymentsMD “deceptively” used the sign-up process for its billing service to seek customers’ consent to obtain detailed medical information, the FTC said in a press release.

Two MEPs voted againts closed sessions on Safe Harbour
Thu 11 Dec 2014, 19:00

Eu Observer reports that MEP German Cornelia Ernst along with Dutch liberal Sophie In't Veld voted to suspend the so-called in-camera session on Safe Harbour. In-camera sessions are not open to the public. It also means MEPs are under threat of sanctions should they discuss the issue outside the room.

Safe Harbour is enforced by the US Federal Trade Commission and is supposed to ensure US firms follow EU data protection laws when processing the personal data of EU citizens. Last November, the former EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding published 13 recommendations that the Americans needed to implement in order to keep the agreement viable. The commission official, invited to update the MEPs on the negotiations, revealed that Washington has an issue with three of the 13 recommendations.


Federal Trade Commission explains privacy intrusive practices of top TV selling company
Tue 7 Feb 2017, 11:18

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) explains the privacy damaging business practices of Vizio: starting in 2014, Vizio made TVs automatically track what consumers were watching and transmitted that data back to its servers all of it without the consumer's constent. They also sold the consumers data, like viewing history, to advertisers and others.