Incentive Services, Inc.; Analysis To Aid Public Comment, 69378-69379 [2019-27237]

Download as PDF 69378 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 243 / Wednesday, December 18, 2019 / Notices complaint further alleges that Respondent engaged in deceptive acts or practices by representing that it complied with the framework when in fact it had failed to comply with certain Privacy Shield requirements. Part I of the proposed order prohibits the company from making misrepresentations about its membership in any privacy or security program sponsored by the government or any other self-regulatory or standardsetting organization, including, but not limited to, the EU–U.S. Privacy Shield framework, the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield framework, and the APEC CrossBorder Privacy Rules. Part II of the proposed order requires that the company affirm to Commerce that it will either continue to apply the Privacy Shield framework principles to any data it received pursuant to frameworks or will delete or return such data. Parts III through VI of the proposed order are reporting and compliance provisions. Part III requires acknowledgement of the order and dissemination of the order now and in the future to persons with responsibilities relating to the subject matter of the order. Part IV ensures notification to the FTC of changes in corporate status and mandates that the company submit an initial compliance report to the FTC. Part V requires the company to create certain documents relating to its compliance with the order for ten years and to retain those documents for a five-year period. Part VI mandates that the company make available to the FTC information or subsequent compliance reports, as requested. Part VII is a provision ‘‘sun-setting’’ the order after 20 years, with certain exceptions. The purpose of this analysis is to aid public comment on the proposed order. It is not intended to constitute an official interpretation of the complaint or proposed order, or to modify in any way the proposed order’s terms. By direction of the Commission. April J. Tabor, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–27236 Filed 12–17–19; 8:45 am] khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 6750–01–P FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION [File No. 192 3078] Incentive Services, Inc.; Analysis To Aid Public Comment AGENCY: Federal Trade Commission. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:40 Dec 17, 2019 Jkt 250001 Proposed Consent Agreement; Request for Comment. ACTION: The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both the allegations in the complaint and the terms of the consent order—embodied in the consent agreement—that would settle these allegations. DATES: Comments must be received on or before January 17, 2020. ADDRESSES: Interested parties may file comments online or on paper, by following the instructions in the Request for Comment part of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Write: ‘‘Incentive Services, Inc.; File No. 192 3078’’ on your comment, and file your comment online at https:// www.regulations.gov by following the instructions on the web-based form. If you prefer to file your comment on paper, mail your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite CC–5610 (Annex D), Washington, DC 20580, or deliver your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW, 5th Floor, Suite 5610 (Annex D), Washington, DC 20024. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Megan Cox (202–326–2282), Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20580. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to Section 6(f) of the Federal Trade Commission Act, 15 U.S.C. 46(f), and FTC Rule 2.34, 16 CFR 2.34, notice is hereby given that the above-captioned consent agreement containing a consent order to cease and desist, having been filed with and accepted, subject to final approval, by the Commission, has been placed on the public record for a period of thirty (30) days. The following Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes the terms of the consent agreement and the allegations in the complaint. An electronic copy of the full text of the consent agreement package can be obtained from the FTC Home Page (for December 3, 2019), on the World Wide Web, at https:// www.ftc.gov/news-events/commissionactions. You can file a comment online or on paper. For the Commission to consider your comment, we must receive it on or before January 17, 2020. Write ‘‘Incentive Services, Inc.; File No. 192 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3078’’ on your comment. Your comment—including your name and your state—will be placed on the public record of this proceeding, including, to the extent practicable, on the https:// www.regulations.gov website. Postal mail addressed to the Commission is subject to delay due to heightened security screening. As a result, we encourage you to submit your comments online through the https:// www.regulations.gov website. If you prefer to file your comment on paper, write ‘‘Incentive Services, Inc.; File No. 192 3078’’ on your comment and on the envelope, and mail your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite CC–5610 (Annex D), Washington, DC 20580; or deliver your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW, 5th Floor, Suite 5610 (Annex D), Washington, DC 20024. If possible, submit your paper comment to the Commission by courier or overnight service. Because your comment will be placed on the publicly accessible website at https://www.regulations.gov, you are solely responsible for making sure that your comment does not include any sensitive or confidential information. In particular, your comment should not include any sensitive personal information, such as your or anyone else’s Social Security number; date of birth; driver’s license number or other state identification number, or foreign country equivalent; passport number; financial account number; or credit or debit card number. You are also solely responsible for making sure that your comment does not include any sensitive health information, such as medical records or other individually identifiable health information. In addition, your comment should not include any ‘‘trade secret or any commercial or financial information which . . . is privileged or confidential’’—as provided by Section 6(f) of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. 46(f), and FTC Rule 4.10(a)(2), 16 CFR 4.10(a)(2)— including in particular competitively sensitive information such as costs, sales statistics, inventories, formulas, patterns, devices, manufacturing processes, or customer names. Comments containing material for which confidential treatment is requested must be filed in paper form, must be clearly labeled ‘‘Confidential,’’ and must comply with FTC Rule 4.9(c). In particular, the written request for confidential treatment that accompanies the comment must include the factual E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 243 / Wednesday, December 18, 2019 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES and legal basis for the request, and must identify the specific portions of the comment to be withheld from the public record. See FTC Rule 4.9(c). Your comment will be kept confidential only if the General Counsel grants your request in accordance with the law and the public interest. Once your comment has been posted on the public FTC website—as legally required by FTC Rule 4.9(b)—we cannot redact or remove your comment from the FTC website, unless you submit a confidentiality request that meets the requirements for such treatment under FTC Rule 4.9(c), and the General Counsel grants that request. Visit the FTC website at http:// www.ftc.gov to read this Notice and the news release describing it. The FTC Act and other laws that the Commission administers permit the collection of public comments to consider and use in this proceeding, as appropriate. The Commission will consider all timely and responsive public comments that it receives on or before January 17, 2020. For information on the Commission’s privacy policy, including routine uses permitted by the Privacy Act, see https://www.ftc.gov/site-information/ privacy-policy. Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment The Federal Trade Commission (‘‘Commission’’) has accepted, subject to final approval, an agreement containing a consent order from Incentive Services, Inc. (‘‘Incentive Services’’ or ‘‘Respondent’’). The proposed consent order (‘‘proposed order’’) has been placed on the public record for 30 days for receipt of comments by interested persons. Comments received during this period will become part of the public record. After 30 days, the Commission will again review the agreement and the comments received, and will decide whether it should withdraw from the agreement and take appropriate action or make final the agreement’s proposed order. This matter concerns alleged false or misleading representations that Incentive Services made concerning its participation in the Privacy Shield framework agreed upon by the U.S. and the European Union (‘‘EU’’). The Privacy Shield framework allows for the lawful transfer of personal data from the EU to participating companies in the U.S. The framework consists of a set of principles and related requirements that have been deemed by the European Commission as providing ‘‘adequate’’ privacy protection. The principles include notice; choice; accountability VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:40 Dec 17, 2019 Jkt 250001 for onward transfer; security; data integrity and purpose limitation; access; and recourse, enforcement, and liability. The related requirements include, for example, securing an independent recourse mechanism to handle any disputes about how the company handles information about EU citizens. To participate in the framework, a company must comply with the Privacy Shield principles and self-certify that compliance to the U.S. Department of Commerce (‘‘Commerce’’). Commerce reviews companies’ self-certification applications and maintains a public website, https://www.privacyshield.gov/ list, where it posts the names of companies who have completed the requirements for certification. Companies are required to recertify every year in order to continue benefitting from Privacy Shield. Incentive Services is a company that works with organizations to improve performance of individual employees through service award programs, performance incentives, and loyalty programs. According to the Commission’s complaint, Incentive Services published on its website, https://www.incentiveservices.com/, a privacy policy containing statements related to its participation in Privacy Shield. However, it only initiated an application to Commerce for Privacy Shield certification, and did not complete the steps necessary to participate in the framework. The Commission’s proposed onecount complaint alleges that Respondent violated Section 5(a) of the Federal Trade Commission Act. Specifically, the proposed complaint alleges that Respondent engaged in a deceptive act or practice by falsely representing that it was a certified participant in the EU–U.S. and the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield frameworks. Part I of the proposed order prohibits the company from making misrepresentations about its membership in any privacy or security program sponsored by the government or any other self-regulatory or standardsetting organization, including, but not limited to, the EU–U.S. Privacy Shield framework, the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield framework, and the APEC CrossBorder Privacy Rules. Parts II through V of the proposed order are reporting and compliance provisions. Part II requires acknowledgement of the order and dissemination of the order now and in the future to persons with responsibilities relating to the subject matter of the order. Part III ensures notification to the FTC of changes in corporate status and mandates that the PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 69379 company submit an initial compliance report to the FTC. Part IV requires the company to create certain documents relating to its compliance with the order for 20 years and to retain those documents for a five-year period. Part V mandates that the company make available to the FTC information or subsequent compliance reports, as requested. Part VI is a provision ‘‘sun-setting’’ the order after 20 years, with certain exceptions. The purpose of this analysis is to aid public comment on the proposed order. It is not intended to constitute an official interpretation of the complaint or proposed order, or to modify in any way the proposed order’s terms. By direction of the Commission. April J. Tabor, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–27237 Filed 12–17–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6750–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Notice of Meetings Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS. ACTION: Notice of five AHRQ subcommittee meetings. AGENCY: The subcommittees listed below are part of AHRQ’s Health Services Research Initial Review Group Committee. Grant applications are to be reviewed and discussed at these meetings. Each subcommittee meeting will commence in open session before closing to the public for the duration of the meeting. DATES: See below for dates of meetings: 1. Healthcare Effectiveness and Outcomes Research (HEOR) Date: February 12–13, 2020 (Open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on February 12 and closed for remainder of the meeting) 2. Healthcare Safety and Quality Improvement Research (HSQR) Date: February 20–21, 2020 (Open from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on February 20 and closed for remainder of the meeting) 3. Health System and Value Research (HSVR) Date: February 27–28, 2020 (Open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on February 27 and closed for remainder of the meeting) 4. Health Care Research and Training (HCRT) SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 243 (Wednesday, December 18, 2019)]
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FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION

[File No. 192 3078]


Incentive Services, Inc.; Analysis To Aid Public Comment

AGENCY: Federal Trade Commission.

ACTION: Proposed Consent Agreement; Request for Comment.

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SUMMARY: The consent agreement in this matter settles alleged 
violations of federal law prohibiting unfair or deceptive acts or 
practices. The attached Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes both 
the allegations in the complaint and the terms of the consent order--
embodied in the consent agreement--that would settle these allegations.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before January 17, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Interested parties may file comments online or on paper, by 
following the instructions in the Request for Comment part of the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. Write: ``Incentive Services, 
Inc.; File No. 192 3078'' on your comment, and file your comment online 
at https://www.regulations.gov by following the instructions on the 
web-based form. If you prefer to file your comment on paper, mail your 
comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of 
the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite CC-5610 (Annex D), 
Washington, DC 20580, or deliver your comment to the following address: 
Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, Constitution Center, 
400 7th Street SW, 5th Floor, Suite 5610 (Annex D), Washington, DC 
20024.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Megan Cox (202-326-2282), Bureau of 
Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue 
NW, Washington, DC 20580.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to Section 6(f) of the Federal 
Trade Commission Act, 15 U.S.C. 46(f), and FTC Rule 2.34, 16 CFR 2.34, 
notice is hereby given that the above-captioned consent agreement 
containing a consent order to cease and desist, having been filed with 
and accepted, subject to final approval, by the Commission, has been 
placed on the public record for a period of thirty (30) days. The 
following Analysis to Aid Public Comment describes the terms of the 
consent agreement and the allegations in the complaint. An electronic 
copy of the full text of the consent agreement package can be obtained 
from the FTC Home Page (for December 3, 2019), on the World Wide Web, 
at https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/commission-actions.
    You can file a comment online or on paper. For the Commission to 
consider your comment, we must receive it on or before January 17, 
2020. Write ``Incentive Services, Inc.; File No. 192 3078'' on your 
comment. Your comment--including your name and your state--will be 
placed on the public record of this proceeding, including, to the 
extent practicable, on the https://www.regulations.gov website.
    Postal mail addressed to the Commission is subject to delay due to 
heightened security screening. As a result, we encourage you to submit 
your comments online through the https://www.regulations.gov website.
    If you prefer to file your comment on paper, write ``Incentive 
Services, Inc.; File No. 192 3078'' on your comment and on the 
envelope, and mail your comment to the following address: Federal Trade 
Commission, Office of the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 
CC-5610 (Annex D), Washington, DC 20580; or deliver your comment to the 
following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, 
Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW, 5th Floor, Suite 5610 (Annex 
D), Washington, DC 20024. If possible, submit your paper comment to the 
Commission by courier or overnight service.
    Because your comment will be placed on the publicly accessible 
website at https://www.regulations.gov, you are solely responsible for 
making sure that your comment does not include any sensitive or 
confidential information. In particular, your comment should not 
include any sensitive personal information, such as your or anyone 
else's Social Security number; date of birth; driver's license number 
or other state identification number, or foreign country equivalent; 
passport number; financial account number; or credit or debit card 
number. You are also solely responsible for making sure that your 
comment does not include any sensitive health information, such as 
medical records or other individually identifiable health information. 
In addition, your comment should not include any ``trade secret or any 
commercial or financial information which . . . is privileged or 
confidential''--as provided by Section 6(f) of the FTC Act, 15 U.S.C. 
46(f), and FTC Rule 4.10(a)(2), 16 CFR 4.10(a)(2)--including in 
particular competitively sensitive information such as costs, sales 
statistics, inventories, formulas, patterns, devices, manufacturing 
processes, or customer names.
    Comments containing material for which confidential treatment is 
requested must be filed in paper form, must be clearly labeled 
``Confidential,'' and must comply with FTC Rule 4.9(c). In particular, 
the written request for confidential treatment that accompanies the 
comment must include the factual

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and legal basis for the request, and must identify the specific 
portions of the comment to be withheld from the public record. See FTC 
Rule 4.9(c). Your comment will be kept confidential only if the General 
Counsel grants your request in accordance with the law and the public 
interest. Once your comment has been posted on the public FTC website--
as legally required by FTC Rule 4.9(b)--we cannot redact or remove your 
comment from the FTC website, unless you submit a confidentiality 
request that meets the requirements for such treatment under FTC Rule 
4.9(c), and the General Counsel grants that request.
    Visit the FTC website at http://www.ftc.gov to read this Notice and 
the news release describing it. The FTC Act and other laws that the 
Commission administers permit the collection of public comments to 
consider and use in this proceeding, as appropriate. The Commission 
will consider all timely and responsive public comments that it 
receives on or before January 17, 2020. For information on the 
Commission's privacy policy, including routine uses permitted by the 
Privacy Act, see https://www.ftc.gov/site-information/privacy-policy.

Analysis of Proposed Consent Order To Aid Public Comment

    The Federal Trade Commission (``Commission'') has accepted, subject 
to final approval, an agreement containing a consent order from 
Incentive Services, Inc. (``Incentive Services'' or ``Respondent'').
    The proposed consent order (``proposed order'') has been placed on 
the public record for 30 days for receipt of comments by interested 
persons. Comments received during this period will become part of the 
public record. After 30 days, the Commission will again review the 
agreement and the comments received, and will decide whether it should 
withdraw from the agreement and take appropriate action or make final 
the agreement's proposed order.
    This matter concerns alleged false or misleading representations 
that Incentive Services made concerning its participation in the 
Privacy Shield framework agreed upon by the U.S. and the European Union 
(``EU''). The Privacy Shield framework allows for the lawful transfer 
of personal data from the EU to participating companies in the U.S. The 
framework consists of a set of principles and related requirements that 
have been deemed by the European Commission as providing ``adequate'' 
privacy protection. The principles include notice; choice; 
accountability for onward transfer; security; data integrity and 
purpose limitation; access; and recourse, enforcement, and liability. 
The related requirements include, for example, securing an independent 
recourse mechanism to handle any disputes about how the company handles 
information about EU citizens.
    To participate in the framework, a company must comply with the 
Privacy Shield principles and self-certify that compliance to the U.S. 
Department of Commerce (``Commerce''). Commerce reviews companies' 
self-certification applications and maintains a public website, https://www.privacyshield.gov/list, where it posts the names of companies who 
have completed the requirements for certification. Companies are 
required to recertify every year in order to continue benefitting from 
Privacy Shield.
    Incentive Services is a company that works with organizations to 
improve performance of individual employees through service award 
programs, performance incentives, and loyalty programs. According to 
the Commission's complaint, Incentive Services published on its 
website, https://www.incentiveservices.com/, a privacy policy 
containing statements related to its participation in Privacy Shield. 
However, it only initiated an application to Commerce for Privacy 
Shield certification, and did not complete the steps necessary to 
participate in the framework.
    The Commission's proposed one-count complaint alleges that 
Respondent violated Section 5(a) of the Federal Trade Commission Act. 
Specifically, the proposed complaint alleges that Respondent engaged in 
a deceptive act or practice by falsely representing that it was a 
certified participant in the EU-U.S. and the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield 
frameworks.
    Part I of the proposed order prohibits the company from making 
misrepresentations about its membership in any privacy or security 
program sponsored by the government or any other self-regulatory or 
standard-setting organization, including, but not limited to, the EU-
U.S. Privacy Shield framework, the Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield framework, 
and the APEC Cross-Border Privacy Rules.
    Parts II through V of the proposed order are reporting and 
compliance provisions. Part II requires acknowledgement of the order 
and dissemination of the order now and in the future to persons with 
responsibilities relating to the subject matter of the order. Part III 
ensures notification to the FTC of changes in corporate status and 
mandates that the company submit an initial compliance report to the 
FTC. Part IV requires the company to create certain documents relating 
to its compliance with the order for 20 years and to retain those 
documents for a five-year period. Part V mandates that the company make 
available to the FTC information or subsequent compliance reports, as 
requested.
    Part VI is a provision ``sun-setting'' the order after 20 years, 
with certain exceptions.
    The purpose of this analysis is to aid public comment on the 
proposed order. It is not intended to constitute an official 
interpretation of the complaint or proposed order, or to modify in any 
way the proposed order's terms.

    By direction of the Commission.
April J. Tabor,
Acting Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2019-27237 Filed 12-17-19; 8:45 am]
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