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FTC taking action against 12 US companies that breached EU privacy treaty


The Federal Trade Commission is taking action against 12 US companies found to be in breach of a treaty that means they have to comply with European Union privacy laws. The companies — including BitTorrent and the Denver Broncos — violated the US-EU Safe Harbor framework: a voluntary program in which companies must meet seven EU privacy principles. Despite the FTCs action, the Commission said the 12 companies had not necessarily committed substantive violations of the privacy principles. The FTC said that the 12 companies, through statements in their privacy policies or display of the Safe Harbor certification mark, showed that they had valid Safe Harbor certifications even after those certifications had lapsed.

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