Barry Cutler

Barry Cutler has extensive experience in counseling and litigating trade regulation and consumer law matters including investigations and prosecutions by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state agencies. He has also handled a broad variety of civil and white collar criminal litigation. He concentrates his practice on consumer issues including advertising, credit, business opportunities, marketing and direct selling, FTC regulation and trade associations.

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FTC Amends Its COPPA Rule to Protect Children Online After Technology Advances In Gathering Their Personal Information

Technology advances often help consumers do things quicker or easier.  For regulators and law enforcers, such advances often present challenges in keeping laws and regulations up to date. The latest example is amendments announced by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) on December 19, 2012, to update its Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) Rule, which … Continue Reading

Recent FTC Civil Penalties for Privacy Violations Show Need for Companies to Ensure Compliance with their Privacy Policies

After several years where telemarketing fraud and exercise/weight loss products seemed to top the FTC’s agenda, the time has come when stepped up privacy enforcement against companies that are household names means that all consumer oriented firms need to take notice. This month, the FTC announced a settlement with Google that involves a $22.5 million … Continue Reading

FTC Proposes Updating COPPA Rules to Address Mobile Technologies and Current Digital Advertising Practices in Gathering and Using Information from Children Under 13

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) was passed by Congress at the end of the last century to add protections when an internet site sought to collect “personally identifiable information” (“PII”) from children under 13. The Congress directed the Federal Trade Commission to issue Rules to implement the Act, which it did. Now the … Continue Reading