With her nomination as education secretary, a powerful political clan will bring its overtly Christian agenda to Washington.
WASHINGTON, Jan 13 (Reuters) - A top U.S. senator asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Friday to investigate whether Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV deceptively marketed its diesel-powered SUVs and trucks.
Chairwoman Edith Ramirez has turned the FTC into a major technology regulator.
Chairwoman Edith Ramirez has turned the FTC into a major technology regulator.
FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, a Democrat, intends to resign from her post on Feb. 10, leaving the key tech enforcement agency deadlocked at two members at the start of President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.The departure, confirmed by Ramirez to POLITICO on Friday, leaves the FTC with a total of three vacancies — and grants Trump, after his inauguration, an opportunity to reshape broad swaths of an agency that had tech giants like Facebook and Google in its crosshairs during the Obama administration."I think the takeaway is that the FTC is an active enforcer, whose mission is to protect consumers, and we’ve certainly sought to do that," Ramirez said in an interview. The agency, she continued, "at the end of the day serves American companies, and American innovation, to ensure they give thought to protecting consumers, particularly in the areas of privacy and data security."After leaving, Ramirez said she would "begin to give thought" to her next chapter. Her departure paves the way for a major shift at the FTC. On one hand, Trump has spoken critically of the tech industry while taking shots at major mergers, like AT&T’s bid for Time Warner, which is currently undergoing Justice Department review. To some, that’s been a sign he could nudge both antitrust agencies in a populist direction. However, the candidates rumored to be under consideration for FTC posts hail from major law firms and boast backgrounds representing major tech companies, suggesting Trump may take a more traditional Republican route at the agency. Going forward, Ramirez said she didn't expect large disruptions to the FTC's mission. "My expectation is the FTC is going to continue the tremendous work it has been doing for many, many years," she said. "If you look back across administrations, whether it’s Democratic or Republican, you have seen a dedicated agency serving the American public."In the meantime, the FTC will remain at two: Democratic Commissioner Terrell McSweeny and Republican Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen. By law, it is still allowed to operate, but FTC veterans expect the agency will hold off on politically contentious decisions and major investigations until Trump nominates additional commissioners.Ramirez, a Harvard Law School classmate of President Barack Obama, joined the FTC as a commissioner in 2010, and Obama designated her as chairwoman three years later. In her time at the helm, she’s focused much of agency’s technology work on emerging industries, like the so-called internet of things and the sharing economy, along with the consumer protection issues they raise. Ramirez sought to apply the FTC’s enforcement teeth to the tech industry, bringing cases against Apple and Amazon for the way they offer in-app purchases, in addition to fines against AT&T and T-Mobile for their billing practices. In total, the FTC estimates that Ramirez brought 391 consumer protection actions during her tenure.To critics, though, Ramirez failed to bring the FTC’s full weight against tech giants like Google. While Europe has sought to penalize the search giant for stifling competition, Ramirez and the FTC did not revive a U.S. probe that spared Google in 2013 from stiff penalties.
Like Carl Icahn, Giuliani will advise Trump on matters closely tied to his own financial interests.
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Though President-elect Donald J. Trump has railed against media company mergers, conservatives and liberals say they see no proof he will worry about the rise of megacompanies.
Donald Trump's pledge to drain the swamp in Washington has already turned out to be a cruel hoax on the working class voters who believed it, as his transition quickly leaned on insider lobbyists and his administration is filling with the corporate elites and Goldman Sachs bankers he attacked during the campaign. But you might think that at least Democratic Party-affiliated lobbyists would suffer some in a city where lobby firms even color-code their rosters, red for Republicans and blue for Democrats, because lobbying is often based on revolving door partisan appeals, and the Democrats are completely out of power. But homo lobbius is a resilient species, and top Democratic lobbyists are pursuing their survival strategies. For example, Democratic mega-lobbyist Tony Podesta (disclosure: my wonderful landlord in the early nineties) is publicly fawning over the Trump family, informing the Boston Globe that daughter Ivanka Trump "is a great businesswoman. She is a really interesting person..." and telling the New York Times that "[i]t will be great" to have Ivanka's family living in his Kalorama neighborhood. But long-time Democratic power lawyer-lobbyist Jamie Gorelick has gone a step further: It emerged over the weekend that she has been hired to represent Ivanka's husband, Jared Kushner, as he addresses the legal ethics issues related to him joining Donald Trump's administration. Kushner, a real estate executive with no government experience, has just been named to serve in the White House job as senior adviser to Trump. Kushner, according to the Times, "has been described by numerous transition staff members as the first among equals in Mr. Trump's high command." Some experts on legal ethics and Democrats in Congress have argued that Trump appointing Kushner might violate a federal law barring the hiring of family members, including sons-in-law, for federal jobs, a law enacted after President John F. Kennedy installed his brother Robert as attorney general. Gorelick has been making the rounds, speaking on a Trump transition conference call with reporters, insisting that the White House is not a federal agency within the coverage of this anti-nepotism law and explaining how Kushner will divest and restructure assets to avoid conflicts of interest. Gorelick, a partner at the law firm Wilmer Hale, would seem an odd choice to directly serve the family of Donald Trump. After all, Trump is the man who told Hillary Clinton during a debate last fall that if he were elected, "you'd be in jail." And Gorelick, she has long been on the Clinton team, at least we thought. Gorelick served in Bill Clinton's administration as deputy attorney general, the number two official at the Justice Department, and she was mentioned as a candidate to be Hillary Clinton's attorney general. Gorelick has donated more than $171,200 to federal candidates or committees since 1997, mostly to Democrats, with $11,000 of those contributions going to Hillary Clinton's Senate and presidential campaigns. In 2015, Gorelick represented the Clinton Foundation, on whose board of directors Hillary Clinton served from 2013 to 2015, in its successful defense against a lawsuit brought by conservative activist Larry Klayman. Gorelick also led efforts to criticize FBI Director James Comey's "October surprise" letter to Congress regarding newly-discovered emails on a computer linked to one of Hillary Clinton's aides. But to those who have followed Gorelick's career over the years, her assisting the Trumps in pushing the ethical envelope is no surprise. She is a symbol of revolving door Washington, where well-educated, highly-capable people trade on government experience and connections to help special interests get their way over everyone else. After leaving the Clinton administration, Gorelick served as vice chair of Fannie Mae, the giant mortgage lender, from 1998 to 2003, and received some $25.6 million in compensation, including bonuses. In 2006, DC-based Fannie Mae was fined $400 million for accounting manipulation tied to executives' bonuses that occurred from 1998 to 2004; Gorelick was not charged with any wrongdoing. Fannie Mae's increasingly risky business strategy in the 2000s eventually required a huge taxpayer bailout. At WilmerHale, Gorelick has represented a wide range of major corporate clients. Federal disclosure forms show she has lobbied for Google, JPMorgan Chase, Lazard Freres and others. She represented BP, pressing to limit government efforts to hold the energy giant responsible for the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Gorelick also lobbied from 2009 to 2010 on behalf of student loan giant Sallie Mae as part of an intense effort by that company and big banks to block the Obama administration's effort to reform the student loan system by eliminating nonsensical, wasteful loan subsidies to private lenders. The Obama administration ultimately prevailed over Gorelick and the other special interest lobbyists, and the reform has saved billions for students and taxpayers. Later, Gorelick represented another special interest--one caught engaging in abuses against military service members. In 2016, Gorelick successfully pressed the Pentagon on behalf of the country's biggest for-profit college, the University of Phoenix, to lift a suspension barring the school from recruiting on military bases -- despite the school having been caught red-handed engaging in recruiting violations, and despite its dismal record serving troops and other students. The University of Phoenix has been getting as much as $3.8 billion annually from taxpayers, but its toxic mix of high prices and low spending on instruction has left many students with overwhelming debt. In recent years, the University of Phoenix has been under investigation for fraud and other misconduct by the US Department of Education, Department of Defense, Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Securities and Exchange Commission and attorneys general of California, Delaware, Florida and Massachusetts. And now, Trump. Elite Washingtonians will argue that Gorelick is simply providing wise legal counsel to the Trump family, helping to ensure that they comply with the law. But in addition to the fact that her arguments aggressively press against at least the spirit, if not the letter, of the ethics laws, there is the question of whether Gorelick should be lending her skills and Democratic credentials to the Trump cause. Because for many people, Democrats, Republicans, and independents, this is not a normal presidency. In case you missed it, Trump has a disturbing record of bigotry, misogyny and sexual abuse, dishonesty, predatory business practices, association with organized crime figures, and misuse of charitable entities. He also has advocated for torture, bombing civilians, and other reckless acts that no conscientious military officer could carry out. Since the November election, he has appointed to top administration jobs people with disturbing records of bigotry. While tweeting complaints about the media, "Saturday Night Live," Meryl Streep, and the cast of "Hamilton," he has failed to assertively disavow hateful acts perpetrated by his supporters. He has brushed off the pointed conclusions of U.S. intelligence agencies that the Russian government engaged in extensive operations to influence the outcome of the U.S. election in his favor. And he has assumed a passive-aggressive stance regarding his obligations under the law to separate his government power from his private interests, repeatedly discussing his overseas investments in calls with foreign leaders, and always insisting that while he will announce plans to behave ethically, he has no obligation to do so. Trump promised to put Hillary Clinton in jail. And now Hillary Clinton's lawyer, Bill Clinton's deputy attorney general, is getting paid to vouch for the the Trump family's ethics and help them assume full powers in the White House. Anything is possible in Washington. If you have enough money to buy people. This article also appears on Republic Report. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
Федеральная торговая комиссия США (FTC) подала иск против тайваньской D-Link Corporation и её дочернего предприятия D-Link Systems, располагающегося в Америке. Компании обвиняются в том, что они не предпринимают никаких мер по обеспечению безопасности своих устройств, из-за чего эти устройства становятся уязвимы для злоумышленников. В жалобе, зарегистрированной в четверг, FTC утверждает, что компания «не предприняла необходимые меры для защиты своих роутеров и IP-камер от широко известных и предсказуемых рисков неавторизированного доступа». Также, по заверениям комиссии, D-Link не тестирует свои устройства на уязвимости безопасности, не поддерживает конфиденциальность ключей безопасности и не защищает учётные данные для входа на мобильных устройствах. FTC говорит, что бездействие компании подвергло риску кражи личной информации тысячи пользователей.
The influential tech thinker has charted the history of the attention industry: enterprises that harvest our attention to sell to advertisers. The internet, he argues, is the latest communications tool to have fallen under its spellTim Wu is a law professor at Columbia University. His specialities include competition, copyright and telecommunications law. So far, so conventional. But Wu is an unconventional academic. For one thing, he ran for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governorship of New York (and won 40% of the popular vote, though not the primary election). For another, he served for a time in the office of New York’s attorney general, specialising in issues involving technology, consumer protection and ensuring fair competition among online companies. “If I have a life mission,” he said once, “it is to fight bullies. I like standing up for the little guy and I think that’s what the state attorney general’s office does.”As I said, no ordinary academic. But it gets better. Wu is also the guy who coined the phrase “net neutrality”, which has turned out to be a key concept in debates about regulation of the internet. He was for a time a senior adviser to the Federal Trade Commission, America’s main consumer protection agency. And somehow, in the middle of all this activity, he writes books that make a big impact. Continue reading...
Согласно исковому заявлению, компания не реализовала необходимые механизмы защиты в своих продуктах.
* D-Link Systems Inc responds to FTC complaint defending security practices for consumer routers and IP cameras Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:
American regulators are stepping up their crackdown on makers of devices -- like baby monitors -- that can easily be hacked.