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Erin Earl defends companies in high-stakes privacy and security litigation and government agency investigations, including inquiries from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state attorneys general.

The Federal Trade Commission issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking on February 15, 2024, in which it recommended a trade regulation rule that would (1) impose liability on businesses who provide goods or services (including artificial intelligence technology) with knowledge or reason to know they will be used to engage in unlawful impersonation of

On February 1, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission announced a complaint and proposed consent order against Blackbaud, Inc. concerning a 2020 data security incident that included a ransomware demand and payment. According to the FTC’s complaint, Blackbaud’s allegedly unfair and misleading conduct included not just deficient data security practices but also a delay in providing

The Federal Trade Commission announced its first enforcement action alleging that discriminatory use of artificial intelligence was an unfair practice under Section 5 of the FTC Act on December 19, 2023. 

The enforcement action signals that the FTC is using and will continue to use its Section 5 unfairness authority to require reasonable safeguards on

Alvaro Bedoya has now been sworn in as a commissioner for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. This restores a Democratic majority on the Commission and will enable the agency to move forward with the aggressive agenda of Chair Lina Khan. As a result, we can expect to see significant actions by the FTC on privacy