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Two affiliate-marketing scammers and their company have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they sent millions of unwanted text messages to consumers across the U.S. with false promises of $1,000 gift cards to retailers like Best Buy, Target and Walmart.
The Federal Trade Commission testified before Congress on the Commission's efforts to address the privacy concerns raised by the tracking of information about consumers’ location, as well as proposed legislation to protect the privacy of geolocation data.
Phil Flora, the operator of a text message spamming operation that sent more than 29 million text messages to consumers promising “free” $1,000 Walmart and Best Buy gift cards, has been ordered to pay $148,309 for his involvement in the scam.  Flora, who resides in Orange County, California, has...
The Federal Trade Commission has authorized staff of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection to send a letter to the court overseeing the bankruptcy proceedings of education technology company ConnectEdu raising concerns about the proposed sale of the company’s assets, which include student...
The Federal Trade Commission testified before Congress today on the agency’s ongoing efforts to protect consumers from emerging threats related to online advertising, as well as the Commission’s recommendations in this area.
Snapchat, the developer of a popular mobile messaging app, has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers with promises about the disappearing nature of messages sent through the service.  The FTC case also alleged that the company deceived consumers over the...
The Federal Trade Commission’s online Complaint Assistant is now easier to use for consumers who want to file a complaint through their mobile device. When consumers visit the Complaint Assistant from their mobile device, they’ll be presented with a format that is simpler to navigate on a smaller...
The Federal Trade Commission announced the agenda and panelists for its upcoming seminar on the privacy ramifications of consumer generated and controlled health data, taking place on May 7 from 10 a.m. to noon in Washington, D.C.
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking comments from the public to further explore issues raised by last year’s FTC forum examining the state of mobile security. Panelists at the forum discussed a number of complex issues that warrant further public input.
The Federal Trade Commission will host a public workshop entitled “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?” in Washington on Sept. 15, 2014, to further explore the use of “big data” and its impact on American consumers, including low income and underserved consumers.
The director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection notified Facebook and WhatsApp about their obligations to protect the privacy of their users in light of Facebook’s proposed acquisition of WhatsApp.
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges against Goldenshores Technologies, LLC, and its owner, Erik Geidl.
Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez released the agency’s 2013 Annual Highlights today at the Spring Meeting of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antirust Law in Washington emphasizing the agency’s work to protect consumers and promote competition during the past calendar...
Two companies have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they misrepresented the security of their mobile apps and failed to secure the transmission of millions of consumers’ sensitive personal information from their mobile apps.
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order resolving FTC allegations that Apple Inc. unfairly charged consumers for in-app purchases incurred by children without their parents’ consent.
CoreLogic, Inc. has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that its proposed $661 million acquisition of DataQuick Information Systems, Inc. from TPG VI Ontario 1 AIV L.P. (TPG) would likely substantially lessen competition in the market for national assessor and recorder bulk data.
CORRECTED The Federal Trade Commission filed an amicus brief in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing that a federal district court ruling that the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) preempts state privacy laws regarding children between 13 and 18 years of age was not...
The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on a proposed safe harbor program that the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (iKeep Safe) has submitted for Commission approval under the agency’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule.
Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order settling charges that Aaron’s Inc., a national rent-to-own retailer, knowingly played a direct and vital role in its franchisees’ installation and use of software on rental computers that secretly monitored...
The Federal Trade Commission is hosting a Spring Privacy Series on emerging consumer privacy issues, and the first event on Feb. 19, 2014 in Washington, D.C., will explore mobile device tracking. With retailers and other businesses tracking consumers’ movements throughout and around retail stores...

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