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An affiliate Webmaster who used the allure of “free” music downloads to spread malicious computer code is settling Federal Trade Commission charges he violated federal law. The defendant, who was paid to distribute the code by the company that developed it, will give up all of his ill-gotten gains.
As the number of phone numbers on the National Do Not Call (DNC) Registry surpassed 139 million, the Federal Trade Commission today reiterated that despite the claims made in e-mails circulating on the Internet, consumers should not be concerned that their cell phone numbers will be released to...
At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a United States Magistrate Judge has temporarily halted the marketing practices of an operation that deceptively advertised “free software CDs” but billed consumers’ credit cards for them without the consumers’ authorization. The agency asked the...
The Federal Trade Commission will host a workshop on January 25, 2007, in Washington, DC, to analyze the marketing of goods and services through offers with negative option features. The workshop, which will bring together consumer representatives, academics, and industry leaders, will address the...
Defendants involved with operations that secretly downloaded spyware that changed settings on consumers’ computers, have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that their practices violated federal law. The settlements bar secret software downloads in the future, bar the operators from...
A U.S. district court has shut down an operation that secretly downloaded multiple malevolent software programs, including spyware, onto millions of computers without consumers’ consent, degrading their computers’ performance, spying on them, and exposing them to a barrage of disruptive...
The Federal Trade Commission has sent letters to 166 advertisers and 77 media outlets warning them that their advertisements targeting Hispanics are potentially deceptive. The ads were spotted during a one-day surf of Spanish-language newspaper, magazine, Internet, radio, and television...
Social networking Web site operators Xanga.com, Inc. and its principals, Marc Ginsburg and John Hiler, will pay a $1 million civil penalty for allegedly violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and its implementing Rule, under the terms of a settlement with the Federal Trade...
An operation that placed spyware on consumers’ computers in violation of federal laws will give up more than $2 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges.
As the number of phone numbers on the National Do Not Call (DNC) Registry surpassed 125 million, the Federal Trade Commission today reiterated that despite the claims made in e-mails circulating on the Internet, consumers should not be concerned that their cell phone numbers will be released to...
Flowers, candy – and a musical e-card from the Federal Trade Commission? This Mother’s Day give mom something she can really use: an e-card with tips from the FTC on keeping her personal information secure. The e-card, available in English and Spanish at [no longer available], reminds moms to:
The Federal Trade Commission and Costa Rica’s consumer protection authority, the Ministry of Economy, Industry, and Commerce (MEIC), have signed a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote enhanced cooperation in the fight against cross-border fraud. The signing took place in...
  The Federal Trade Commission today reiterated that despite the claims made in e-mails circulating on the Internet, consumers should not be concerned that their cell phone numbers will be released to telemarketers in the near future, and that it is not necessary to register cell phone numbers on...
The Federal Trade Commission staff today sent warning letters to 34 Web site operators making claims that products advertised as natural alternatives to hormone replacement therapy will prevent or treat diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, or osteoporosis. The warning letters advise these...
New York-based Scholastic Inc. (Scholastic) and two of its subsidiaries, Scholastic-at-Home (SAH) and Grolier Incorporated (Grolier), have agreed to settle allegations that they violated laws enforced by the FTC in marketing their negative option book clubs.
NOTE: Subsequent to the issuance of this press release, Congress eliminated the five-year time limit on Do Not Call registrations. Registrations never expire. Once you add a number to the Do Not Call Registry, you do not need to register it again.
The Federal Trade Commission and Spain’s Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD) today signed a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote enhanced cooperation and information-sharing on spam enforcement activities. Officials from both agencies will cooperate to address the...
The Federal Trade Commission and Mexico’s consumer protection agency, the Procuraduría Federal del Consumidor (Profeco), today signed a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote enhanced cooperation in the fight against cross-border fraud. This memorandum marks the first time the FTC...
The Federal Trade Commission has charged three related dietary supplement companies located in Norcross, Georgia, their corporate officers, and a physician with deceiving consumers through deceptive advertising for their weight-loss and erectile dysfunction products. The case is part of the agency’...

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