Announcement

December 14, 2016

Commissioner welcomes conclusion of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s investigation into Ashley Madison breach

Privacy Commissioner of Canada Daniel Therrien took part in a media teleconference with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today to discuss the FTC’s charges against AshleyMadison.com after a massive 2015 data breach.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) worked collaboratively with both the FTC and the Australian Privacy Commissioner on this matter. The OPC and its Australian counterpart conducted a joint investigation concluded earlier this year.

“In the digital age, privacy issues can impact millions of people around the world. It’s imperative that regulators work together across borders to ensure that the privacy rights of individuals are respected no matter where they live,” says Commissioner Therrien.

“By working collaboratively with the FTC and the Australian Privacy Commissioner, we were able to achieve a more effective remedy in the wake of this significant breach.”

See also:

FTC News Release: Operators of AshleyMadison.com Settle FTC, State Charges Resulting From 2015 Data Breach that Exposed 36 Million Users’ Profile Information

OPC News Release: Ashley Madison investigation finds security measures lacking; fictitious security trustmark was ‘deceptive’

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