A mediator is stepping into a dispute in which the Federal Trade Commission says Wyndham Worldwide failed to protect customer data in three breaches of its computer network between 2008 and 2010. A federal judge refused in April to dismiss the FTC's lawsuit against the hotel chain.
Julie Brill, a member of the Federal Trade Commission, says "Congress should act with deliberate speed" on patent-reform legislation and not wait for the FTC's report on the issue. The FTC is investigating the practices of patent-assertion entities, commonly known as "patent trolls." "We anticipate that, as in the past, our study, once it is done, will be put to good use by Congress and others who examine closely the activities of [patent assertion entities]," Brill said.
About 60% of applications aimed at children still collect and transmit device-specific data without parental notification, according to a Federal Trade Commission report. That suggests that app-makers and app-store operators "need to do a better job" to protect children's privacy, the FTC argues. "The survey results described in this report paint a disappointing picture of the privacy protections provided by apps for children," the report states.
Federal Trade Commission member Pamela Jones Harbour, during a meeting with high-tech companies and privacy advocates, urged Apple and its rivals to make consumer privacy an integral -- and voluntary -- part of developing new products. The meeting was the second of three sessions organized by the FTC in advance of the agency's writing of bills aimed at regulating marketers' use of consumer data online.
A Forrester Research report asserts the big evolution in application development this year is the move to using cloud services as a platform, as it offers a speedy, mature environment at this point. That's welcome news to vendors such as Amazon, Microsoft and wireless carrier AT&T, which are vying to be a leading cloud-computing provider.