Level 3 Communications, one of the largest Internet service providers, is among 12 U.S. companies that agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges of lapsed certifications related to a voluntary international consumer privacy agreement, regulators said Tuesday.
Level 3, described by the FTC as the sixth-largest global Internet provider, said in a statement the matter has been corrected.
“We take the protection of the privacy of our customer, employee and vendor data very seriously,” the company said. “We've since revised the policy to address the FTC's concerns and at no point in time was the privacy of personal information compromised as a result of this issue.”
The FTC said in a statement that Colorado-based Level 3, started in Omaha as part of the Kiewit family of companies years ago, incorrectly claimed it was in compliance with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor agreement. That is the pact that enables U.S. companies to transfer consumer data from the European Union to the United States in compliance with EU regulations.
The companies settling with the FTC included three NFL teams: the Denver Broncos, the Tennessee Titans and the Atlanta Falcons. Also on the list were DDC Laboratories, the world's largest paternity testing company; Charles River Laboratories, a Massachusetts-based drug developer; and BitTorrent, the peer-to-peer file sharing company.