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Facebook Once Again on FTC’s Radar

On Monday, the controversy swirling around Facebook intensified with regard to its proposed $16 billion acquisition of mobile message giant WhatsApp. Over the weekend, the director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection issued a message to Facebook. It came as a stark reminder of the social media behemoth’s obligations to protect the […]

FTC 'Consumer Complaint' Emails Are Actually Scams

No business owner likes to see customer complaints, but a new email scam could be even more damaging than an unsatisfied client, according to a new warning from the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC is warning businesses about emails...Show More Summary

Ads Offering Tax-Relief Are Full Of Broken Promises, Just Want Your Money

This may not come as a surprise to any of you, but those ads on the radio that offer to settle your debt to the Internal Revenue Service for a fraction of the bill may be a scam. Officials with the Federal Trade Commission are warning consumers to be aware of these so-called “rescue” programs that, in reality, can cost … [More]

2 Regulators Issue Guidelines on Sharing Cyber Security Information

5 days agoTechnology : Bits

The Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission said that sharing information between companies about threats to cybersecurity is not likely to raise antitrust concerns.

FTC clears Facebook’s WhatsApp acquisition — with a warning

The Federal Trade Commission has approved Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp. The deal, which was originally valued at $19 billion but is subject to changes in Facebook’s share price, is expected to close some time before the end of the year. The one condition? Facebook has to make sure it keeps WhatsApp’s continued promises of consumer privacy when the deal is...

FTC Says Facebook Will Need Permission From WhatsAppers To Use Their Data

Facebook will need the “affirmative consent” of WhatsApp users in order to use their data for advertising or anything. The ruling comes from Federal Trade Commission alongside its approval in US for Facebook to acquire WhatsApp. The $19 billion deal announced in February will still have to get past international regulators. Facebook’s business model is based on mining… Read More

Feds Remind Facebook & WhatsApp To Respect User Privacy After They Get Married

The Federal Trade Commission is giving a bit of pre-marriage advice to Facebook and one of its many betrothed, messaging app WhatsApp, which said “I do” to Facebook’s $19 billion (with a “b”) proposal back in February. Given Facebook’s past transgressions, the FTC felt that maybe it was worth reminding the giddy-in-love couple that there are laws about what … [More]

FTC Clears Facebook/WhatsApp Deal, Must Honor Privacy Obligations

Back in February it was announced that Facebook had agreed to buy WhatsApp for $19 billion. Privacy advocates raised their voice against the deal and even called upon the FTC to look into the deal. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today...Show More Summary

FTC warns Facebook, WhatsApp: Keep your privacy promises

WhatsApp users are not the only ones who are holding Facebook to its promise that it will honor the messaging service's original privacy policies. On Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission sent a letter reminding Facebook and WhatsApp that going back on their word could run afoul of FTC regulations and an earlier settlement Facebook made […]

Regulators To Facebook And WhatsApp: ‘We’re Watching You’

The Federal Trade Commission has publicly reminded Facebook and WhatsApp of their ‘obligations’ to privacy, and says it will monitor how they use people’s data.

Facebook Gains FTC Approval for WhatsApp — Plus a Stern Privacy Warning

Facebook cleared a major regulatory hurdle in its acquisition of WhatsApp on Thursday when the Federal Trade Commission approved the deal with a warning on privacy obligations. The $19 billion deal will still need to gain approval from...Show More Summary

FTC Gives Facebook-WhatsApp Deal the Thumbs Up

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today approved Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp. The FTC said, however, that it will hold both companies to a 2012 agreement Facebook made with the FTC. Together, Facebook and WhatsAppShow More Summary

FTC Clears Facebook-WhatsApp Deal, With a Caveat

The Federal Trade Commission cleared Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp, but the approval came with a caveat.

Senate Fills Vacancy at Federal Trade Commission

The Washington Post/Getty Images The U.S. Senate on Wednesday filled a long-standing vacancy at the Federal Trade Commission, restoring a Democratic majority at the antitrust and consumer-protection agency. The Senate, on a 95-1 vote,...Show More Summary

Your Reputation in the Age of Jerk.com, Revenge Porn, Yelp

If Jerk.com [via Internet Archive] wasn't dead before, its fate is nearly sealed now. The no longer online website just got slapped with an administrative complaint [PDF] by the Federal Trade Commission. Jerk allegedly violated Facebook's terms of service by scraping individuals' photos and names without their or Facebook's permission,......

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: FTC Order, Food Chemicals, German Renewables Cap

The Federal Trade Commission approved a final consent order settling charges that N.E.W. Plastics Corp. misled consumers and distributors about the recycled content, post-consumer recycled content, and recyclability of its products.Show More Summary

Jerk.com misused Facebook data

The US Federal Trade Commission said Jerk.com improperly harvested users’ public information from Facebook. ||| San Francisco - The US Federal Trade Commission said Jerk.com and its operator, Napster co-founder John Fanning, improperly harvested users’ public information from Facebook Inc. Show More Summary

Jerk.com probed by FTC

The US Federal Trade Commission says the operators of a website called Jerk.com are the ones behaving badly. ||| Washington - The Federal Trade Commission says the operators of a website called Jerk.com are the ones behaving badly. The...Show More Summary

Jerk.com operator took personal info from Facebook: FTC

The Federal Trade Commission says Jerk.com operator John Fanning improperly harvested personal information from Facebook to create “Jerk” and “Not a Jerk” profiles.

Operators of Jerk.com were jerks, government charges

The Federal Trade Commission is accusing the former operations of Jerk.com of more than being just jerks. The agency has charged Jerk, LLC, the company that ran the site from 2009 until 2013, and its operator, John Fanning, with sucking up personal information from Facebook and creating profiles labeling people a “Jerk” or “not a Jerk" on […]

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