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Attention shoppers: Your cell phones are being tracked and the feds don’t like it

A tracking firm that quietly captured information about 9 million consumers wandering in, out, and nearby retail stores — largely without consumers’ knowledge — was slapped on the wrist by the Federal Trade Commission yesterday. TheShow More Summary

FTC Sends Mixed Warning on Location-Tracking

The Federal Trade Commission delivered a mixed warning to a burgeoning segment of the software industry in a settlement over location-tracking.

You Are Being Physically Tracked When You Shop, The FTC Reveals -- Here's What You Need To Know

You are being physically tracked when you shop, and an announcement from the Federal Trade Commission today revealed scary details as to the extent to which this practice occurs. The FTC announcement, which represents its first action against a company engaged in retail tracking (that is the physical tracking of users [...]

Telemarketer Penalized $3.4M For Scamming Elderly Into Paying For Unwanted Medical Alert Service

Two years ago, the Federal Trade Commission shut down a Brooklyn-based telemarketing scheme that bullied elderly consumers into paying for a medical alert service they never ordered or wanted. Now a federal court has hit the telemarketer’s repeat-offender operator with a $3.4 million penalty. Here’s the quick background on this case. Show More Summary

FTC goes after company that uses smartphones to track shoppers

3 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

The Federal Trade Commission announced a consent order Thursday with Nomi Technologies, which it said did not abide by its own promises to allow consumers to opt out of being tracked while they shop. This is the first enforcement action by the FTC against a retail tracking company. Nomi is one of several companies that have developed ways to use […]

The Coming Media Bailout

last weekHumor / odd : GDay World

Is the Federal Trade Commission in the United States getting ready to use antitrust and copyright laws to protect mainstream media from New Media? This is to be expected. The post The Coming Media Bailout appeared first on cameronreilly.com.

The FTC Wants Your Opinion On Airbnb, Uber and Lyft

Should cities treat Airbnb rentals like any other hotel room? What kind of insurance should Uber drivers carry to protect passengers? These are just some of the questions that the Federal Trade Commission will (probably) be discussing in an upcoming workshop exploring the so-called “sharing economy.” And it wants to hear from you. Read more...

Time for FTC to Crack Down on Retailers Peddling Real Fur as Faux

Many Americans reject fur because of the inhumane conditions animals like rabbits, mink, and foxes are subjected to. Photo by iStockphoto Following prior investigations by The HSUS, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ordered Neiman Marcus in 2013 to stop falsely advertising animal fur as “faux”, or be subject to serious civil penalties. Show More Summary

Why Google’s Antitrust Problems Are Bigger in Europe

For Google, it's a tale of two antitrust regimes. In the United States, the company recently emerged from a 19-month Federal Trade Commission probe unscathed. But while the agency wrapped up its investigation, antitrust regulators in Europe have cranked up the tension. Show More Summary

Neiman Marcus Accused Of Continuing To Sell “Faux Fur” Products Containing Real Fur

Two years ago, Neiman Marcus and two other retailers settled a Federal Trade Commission complaint that they had sold “faux fur” products on their websites that contained actual animal fur. As part of that agreement, the upscale department...Show More Summary

FTC Bolsters IT Resources to Protect Consumer Data

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is bolstering its ability to oversee commercial entities in this digital age through the establishment of a new Office of Technology Research and Investigation, or OTRI. It’s clear that the FTC is taking on a larger role in helping regulate the impact of information technology on American consumers, and subsequently [...]

Internet Naming Group Asks for Investigation into Legality of .Sucks Sites

2 weeks agoTechnology : Yahoo: Tech

The group that oversees the Internet’s naming and address system on Thursday asked the Federal Trade Commission to review whether any laws have been broken in the roll out of a new.sucks domain.

Consumer advocates petition FTC to keep junk food advertising out of YouTube for Kids

A coalition of children’s and consumer advocacy groups (see list below) filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charging that Google’s new YouTube Kids app violates restrictions on marketing junk foods to kids. The coalition’s letter to the FTC details the charges.  YouTube Kids, it says: Intermixes advertising and programming in ways that deceive […]

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FTC to review complaint against Google's YouTube Kids app

The Federal Trade Commission will review complaint against Google's YouTube Kids app, an FTC spokesperson confirmed to Mashable. A number of consumer advocacy groups sent a letter to the FTC Tuesday, asking for an investigation into Google's YouTube Kids app. Show More Summary

YouTube Kids App Under Fire for Advertising to Kids

Image via YouTube screencapture For decades, the Federal Trade Commission has been regulating television advertising with special attention to anything perceived to target the vulnerable minds of America’s youth. Now, consumer groups...Show More Summary

Advocacy groups ask FTC to investigate YouTube Kids app for targeting children with ads

Consumer and child advocacy groups, such as the Center for Digital Democracy, today asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether Google's YouTube Kids app violates rules for children's programming.

FTC to review complaint that YouTube Kids over-advertises to children

The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday said it will review complaints by consumer groups that YouTube Kids is a hyper-commercial app with junk food and toy ads flooding the video service.Several consumer advocacy groups filed a complaint...Show More Summary

News: Regulators scrutinizing Apple’s streaming music service

2 weeks agoTechnology / Mobile : iLounge

Apple’s upcoming subscription music streaming service is facing new scrutiny from federal regulators, the New York Post reports. Sources confirm the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice are holding talks with music industry executives to see if Apple’s attempts to undercut streaming music competitors violate any antitrust laws. Show More Summary

Advocacy groups claim YouTube Kids breaks laws that separate entertainment from advertisements

2 weeks agoTechnology : Pando Daily

A coalition of advocacy groups plans to file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that YouTube Kids, the child-focused video-streaming app released in February, blurs the line between programming and advertisement.Show More Summary

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