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Appeals Court Sides With FTC In POM Wonderful False Advertising Case

The Federal Trade Commission hasn’t let the bee out of its bonnet over health claims made by POM Wonderful that it says amount to deceptive advertising, having kept on the company’s case since 2010. Now, eight months after POM made its case before a federal appeals court that it’s not being misleading about the things its juice can do, the … [More]

FTC bans 'revenge porn' site owner from sharing images without permission

If your significant other sends you artful nudes, it'd be pretty nasty to share those pics in the event of your separation. It's a feeling that the Federal Trade Commission shares after handing down a judgment on Craig Brittain, the owner of a websit...

White House Privacy Bill Would Reportedly Crimp Data Harvesting

The White House's forthcoming online-privacy bill will would place restrictions on the handling of consumer data while giving more power to the Federal Trade Commission to enforce those restrictions, Politico reported. The current draft...Show More Summary

FTC Report Reveals Consumer Concerns About the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is a nebulous buzzword that refers to anything that connects to the internet. In an attempt to better define the government’s approach to the Internet of Things the Federal Trade Commission has released a report...Show More Summary

FTC takes down ‘revenge porn’ site operator Craig Brittain

Today, ladies, the Federal Trade Commission is on your side. The FTC is shutting down revenge porn site “IsAnybodyDown.” Operated by Craig Brittain, IsAnybodyDown was a receptacle for nude photos of women obtained through deceptive means. According to the FTC, Brittain would go on Craigslist posing as a woman and ask other women to exchange nude photos. He […]

The FTC’s latest ruling should send a chill down AT&T’s spine

Is your “unlimited” mobile data really unlimited if your carrier throttles it down to slower speeds at certain times? Per Re/code, the Federal Trade Commission this week ordered prepaid mobile carrier TracFone to pay $40 million for throttling its customers’ data connections despite the fact that they had signed up for “unlimited” data plans. Show More Summary

Reference pricing and narrow networks

The Federal Trade Commission had an interesting blog post about how they see reference pricing relate to narrow networks.  Reference pricing is a wonky shiny object for health care cost control (I think it is a very good idea) where an insurer will pay X for a given condition where normal cost sharing applies to the member.  [Read more...] This space reserved for your ad.

FTC says Straight Talk's promises of unlimited data were crooked

If you were seduced by offers of "unlimited" phone data on prepaid carriers like Straight Talk or Simple Mobile only to find your service unbearably slow after a certain point, the Federal Trade Commission has your back. The carriers' owner, TracFone...

TracFone fined $40M for selling unlimited plans with clear limits

The Federal Trade Commission is putting mobile carriers on notice that if they advertise an unlimited plan they can’t monkey around with speeds -- or at least must clearly disclose their…

FTC rules that throttled unlimited data doesn't qualify as 'unlimited'

In a ruling that's resulted in a $40 million fine, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's smacking down TracFone's speed throttling of customers that were paying for unlimited data service. The case in question only applies to TracFone, but it helps to reinforce a precedent that could apply to even the larger carriers in the United States.

FTC Levies $40M Fine Against TracFone for Throttling Unlimited Data Customers

In recent months, the Federal Trade Commission has taken a significant interest in carrier throttling practices and today handed down a ruling that could have future ramifications for carriers who throttle their unlimited customers. As...Show More Summary

FTC approves Albertsons-Safeway merger

The Federal Trade Commission cleared the merger between Albertsons and Safeway Jan. 27, and the retail chains expect to complete it by the first week of February.

The Switchboard: FCC tells hotels they can’t block WiFi

3 days agoTechnology : Post Tech

Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of handpicked stories from the Switch team. FTC: The Internet of things is already here — and it needs to be secured. The Federal Trade Commission is taking a closer look at the Internet of Things, the Switch reports. "In a report out Tuesday, the Federal Trade […]

How can the government stop the internet of perceived risks?

3 days agoTechnology : GigaOM

The headline du jour for the Federal Trade Commission's report on the Internet of Things is that the agency recommends Congress should come up with some sort of technology-neutral law to…

FTC Warns of the Huge Security Risks in the Internet of Things

The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday released a detailed report urging businesses to take concrete steps to protect consumers’ privacy and security. The post FTC Warns of the Huge Security Risks in the Internet of Things appeared first on WIRED.

FTC Report on Internet of Things Released Today

Staff of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a report today entitled: Internet of Things: Privacy and Security in aRead the Rest...

Busted: ‘Dr. Oz’ guest must repay $9 million to customers in ‘magic beans’ diet scam

3 days agoNews : The Raw Story

A daytime talk show guest has agreed to pay $9 million to customers he duped on The Dr. Oz Show and The View. The Federal Trade Commission accused Lindsey Duncan of selling phony weight-loss aids, including green coffee bean extract, that he claimed could cause consumers to lose 17 pounds and 16...

FTC to connected device makers: Focus on security and privacy

The Federal Trade Commission just laid out its initial recommendations for the burgeoning Internet of Things industry -- and they're pretty much what you'd expect. In an extensive report (PDF) released this morning, the agency emphasized that connect...

Inside the Dr. Oz PR Machine

I mentioned last fall that the Federal Trade Commission had gone after an egregiously faked-up "study" that was being used to sell green coffee bean extract as some sort of miracle weight-loss drug on the Dr. Oz show. The agency hasShow More Summary

Marketers Of Green Coffee Bean Weight-Loss Products Must Refund $9M

By now we should all be fairly familiar with the saga of Dr. Oz, the supposed “miracle” weight-loss benefits of green coffee bean extract, and the Federal Trade Commission’s mission to put a stop to the craze by shutting down marketers and online sellers that created fake news sites, fake reporters and relied on bogus studies to sell the … [More]

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