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As I blogged a few weeks back, the "Clear" Registered Traveler program abruptly ended because the service provider ceased operations. The announcement at the time raised the questions of what happens to the vast trove of personal information and biometric data that the company collected in order to "clear" frequent fliers who ponied up the $199 annual fee.

Breaking News - SCOTUS

June 29, 2009| Blog

Reuters reports that the U.S. Supreme Court this morning refused to hear an appeal requested by two companies that want a New Hampshire prescription privacy law overturned.
The typical "boilerplate" (lawyers' hate that word, BTW) in website Terms of Use goes as follows: "We reserve the right to change these Terms of Use at any time.  You should check back to this page to view changes. Continued use of this website is deemed acceptance of any such changes." Ever wonder what "such changes" might have occurred?

FTC: BT Inquiry Coming "Soon"

June 24, 2009| Blog

Apparently, the FTC plans on stepping up the Commission's inquiries into online behavioral tracking. That's what an American Bar Association Antitrust Section conference on consumer protection heard last week from two senior FTC officials.
Bad news if you were a frequent flyer who ponied up the $199 annual fee to participate in Verified Identity Pass, Inc.'s registered traveler program, branded as "Clear." Last night, the company announced that it was "unable to negotiate an agreement with its senior creditor" and shut down. Membership fees will not be refunded.
Add another $9.75 million to the cost of the TJX Cos. Inc. 2006 data breach.
In February, the Federal Trade Commission released its report on behavioral advertising "guidelines," with strong suggestion over the recent weeks from Commissioner Jon Liebowitz that without significant self-regulation, the online advertising industry could see regulation or legislation.

Security Bits and Bytes

June 18, 2009| Blog

The Wall Street Journal reports that the CEO of Heartland Payment Systems "gets religion" on security. You'll recall that Heartland reported what has been called the "largest security breach ever" earlier in the year.
In the run-up to the enforcement deadline for the Identity Theft Red Flag Rule (August 1, 2009 - more on that in another post), enforcement of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Privacy Rule and Safeguards Rule has not been forgotten by the Federal Trade Commission.

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