Wednesday, January 24, 2018

FTC Releases Annual Privacy and Data Security Update

The Federal Trade Commission today released its annual report summarizing its privacy and data security work in 2017. The Commission is the nation's primary privacy and data security enforcer and one of the most active privacy and data security enforcers in the world.

The FTC uses a variety of tools to protect consumers' privacy and personal information including bringing enforcement actions to stop law violations and require companies to take affirmative steps to remediate the unlawful behavior. Among the FTC's privacy and security actions announced in 2017 include settlements with computer manufacturer Lenovo and Vizio, one of the world's largest makers of smart TVs. In addition, the FTC in 2017 brought its first actions enforcing the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework.

The FTC also issues reports, conducts research and holds events bringing together stakeholders to discuss emerging issues in consumer privacy and security. The FTC's 2017 events included workshops examining the security and privacy issues related to connected cars, student privacy and education technology, the changing nature of identity theft, and informational injury.

The Commission's privacy accomplishments continue in 2018. This month, the FTC announced the agency's first children's privacy and security case involving connected toys against electronic toy maker VTech. The company agreed to pay $650,000 to settle allegations that it violated the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act by collecting personal information from children without providing direct notice and obtaining their parent's consent, and failing to take reasonable steps to secure the data it collected. Also in January, the FTC and the state of Nevada charged the parties responsible for revenge porn site with violating federal and state law by posting intimate images of people, together with their personal information, without their consent. One of the defendants agreed to a permanent ban on posting intimate images without consent. Finally, the Commission released a staff perspective detailing the key takeaways from the 2017 connected cars workshop. The Commission will also be hosting its third annual PrivacyCon event on February 28, 2018.

The Federal Trade Commission works to promote competition, and protect and educate consumers. You can learn more about consumer topics and file a consumer complaint online or by calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357). Like the FTC on Facebook (link is external), follow us on Twitter (link is external), read our blogs and subscribe to press releases for the latest FTC news and resources.

Fed Reg Notice 03/20/2018 Tennessee Broadband Summit Conference


National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Tennessee Broadband Summit Conference

AGENCY: National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

ACTION: Notice of open meeting.

SUMMARY: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration's BroadbandUSA Program, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, will host a Broadband Summit about ''Creating Partnerships to Ensure Access for All'' on March 20, 2018. Speakers and attendees from Tennessee, federal agencies, and across the country will come together to explore ways to increase broadband deployment and improve broadband adoption to advance their overarching business, social, economic, and community goals. This Summit will highlight the initiatives and outreach driven through the newly enacted Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act, which promotes broadband deployment thorough grants to providers, tax credits, deregulation, and education.
DATES: The Broadband Summit will be held on March 20, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Central Time.
ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in Nashville, Tennessee at the William Snodgrass Tennessee Tower, 312 Rosa L Parks Avenue, Tennessee Room, 3rd Floor, Nashville, TN 37243.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Janice Wilkins, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 4678, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–5791; email: Please direct media inquiries to NTIA's Office of Public Affairs, (202) 482–7002; email: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NTIA's BroadbandUSA program promotes innovation and economic growth by supporting efforts to expand broadband access and meaningful use

across America. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) is responsible for implementing the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act (TBAA), which facilitates broadband access to all Tennesseans while promoting practices that increase deployment and encourage adoption. The ''Creating Partnerships to Ensure Access for All'' Broadband Summit will facilitate the sharing of best practices for public-private partnerships to improve broadband deployment, enhance digital skills, and stimulate innovation and economic development.

The Summit is open to the public. Pre-registration is requested, and space is limited. NTIA asks registrants to provide their first and last names and email addresses for both registration purposes and to receive any updates on the workshop. Registration information, meeting updates, changes in the agenda, if any, and relevant documents will be available on NTIA's website at https:// broadband-summit-03202018.

The public meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodations, such as language interpretation or other ancillary aids, should notify Janice Wilkins at the contact information listed above at least five (5) business days before the meeting so that accommodations can be made.

Dated: January 11, 2018.

Kathy D. Smith,

Chief Counsel, National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Fwd: NIST Announces: Departments seek public input on draft botnet report

Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security release draft report to the President on "Enhancing the Resilience of the Internet and Communications Ecosystem Against Botnets and Other Automated, Distributed Threats"

A draft report that establishes goals and proposes actions to address automated and distributed threats to the digital ecosystem was published today as part of the activity directed by Executive Order 13800, "Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure."  The Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security request public comments from  all interested stakeholders—including private industry, academia, civil society, and other security experts—on this draft report, its characterization of the threat landscape, the goals laid out, and the actions to further these goals.   The report is available at and the public comment period is open until February 12, 2018. NIST has also announced a public workshop on February 28 and March 1 for further discussion of the comments.