Kandi Parsons advises on privacy, security, and advertising issues and assists clients in responding to Federal Trade Commission investigations, including those involving potential violations of Section 5 of the FTC Act, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”), and the FTC’s Endorsement and Testimonial Guidelines.
Kandi represents start-ups to Fortune 100 businesses in a variety of industries including education, social media, the sharing economy, wellness, media, and child targeted products and services. She develops user interfaces and disclosures, conducts privacy assessments, provides guidance on improvement of privacy practices, and provides compliance training to clients’ employees. She helps companies comply with a host of applicable federal and state laws such as COPPA ,VPPA, FCRA, TCPA and those applicable to biometric and student information. Kandi also advises clients in preparing for and handling data security breaches.
Prior to joining ZwillGen, Kandi spent eight years as a Senior Staff Attorney in the FTC’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, where she conducted policy work and investigated and prosecuted cases related to consumer privacy, children’s and student privacy, data security, the FCRA, and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley (“GLB”) Safeguards and Privacy Rules. Kandi helped implement the 2013 revised COPPA rule, and developed staff FAQs related to COPPA compliance and reviewed safe harbor and verifiable parental consent applications.
Kandi also served on detail to the United States Senate, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, working on a variety of consumer protection issues including privacy, vehicle safety and technology, and gaming. Before joining the FTC, she practiced at Hogan Lovells.
Kandi received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where she graduated summa cum laude, and earned her B.A. from Columbia University.
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