Busy day for the Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission announced three settlements yesterday:

• The FTC announced a settlement with Network Solutions LLC over charges that the company misled consumers who bought its web hosting services by promising a full refund if they canceled within 30 days. In reality, the company withheld substantial cancellation fees from most refunds. The FTC's press release is here.

• The FTC announced that two U.S. businesses, TES Franchising, LLC, and American International Mailing, Inc., agreed to settle charges they falsely claimed they were abiding by an international privacy framework known as the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor, which enables U.S. companies to transfer consumer data from the European Union to the United States in compliance with EU law. The FTC complaints against the companies allege that their websites indicated they were currently certified under the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework and U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework, when in fact their certifications had lapsed years earlier. The FTC's press release is here.

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