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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

TRUSTe to Settle with FTC on Charges Around Privacy Recertifications

TRUSTe, a for-profit company and provider of privacy certificates, has agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on charges around failure to conduct privacy recertifications for member companies. The FTC alleges there were over 1,000 occurrences of this infraction from 2006-2013, despite TRUSTe seals appearing on company websites. TRUSTe seals indicate the businesses' privacy practices are in compliance with privacy standards like the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). One term of the settlement, "requires the company in its role as a COPPA safe harbor to provide detailed information about its COPPA-related activities in its annual filing to the FTC, as well as maintaining comprehensive records about its COPPA safe harbor activities for ten years." TRUSTe will also be fined $200,000. The settlement agreement is open for public comment until December 17, 2014.