ThinkstockPhotos-482254719_webThose with experience working with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) exchange any number of acronyms freely: CPB (Bureau of Consumer), DPIP (Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, part of the CPB), and, perhaps the most cryptic, CID, writes  in a new post on The Privacy Advisor from the IAPP.

CID stands for “civil investigative demand,” and if you receive one of these letters, it means the CPB is investigating possible “unfair or deceptive acts or practices” at your organization, notes Pfeifle.

Christopher Olsen, who’s both issued CIDs as deputy director of the CPB and helped companies manage them as part of his role as a partner in the privacy and data protection practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, recently spoke on the topic of CIDs as part of the IAPP’s Practical Privacy Series in Washington, D.C.

Click here to read the IAPP’s report on the event.