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Google and YouTube Will Pay Record $170 Million for Alleged Violations of Children’s Privacy Law

The settlement requires Google and YouTube to pay $136 million to the FTC and $34 million to New York for allegedly violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule. The $136 million penalty is by far the largest amount the FTC has ever obtained in a COPPA case since Congress enacted the law in 1998.

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FTC and FDA Warn Florida Company Marketing CBD Products about Claims Related to Treating Autism, ADHD, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Other Medical Conditions

The Federal Trade Commission announced a joint warning letter issued with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to Rooted Apothecary, LLC for selling products containing cannabidiol (CBD) online with potentially unsubstantiated claims that the products can treat autism, attention-deficit/...
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FTC Brings First Case Against Developers of “Stalking” Apps

Note: The FTC hosted a conference call TODAY for media at 11 am ET. Participants included Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection Andrew Smith, Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter, and representatives from the National Network to End Domestic Violence. The Federal Trade Commission has...
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Devumi, Owner and CEO Settle FTC Charges They Sold Fake Indicators of Social Media Influence; Cosmetics Firm Sunday Riley, CEO Settle FTC Charges That Employees Posted Fake Online Reviews at CEO’s Direction

The Federal Trade Commission has halted the deceptive online marketing tactics of two companies and their principals, the first of which allegedly sold fake indicators of social media influence, and the second of which allegedly used fake product reviews posted by its employees on a well-known...
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FTC to Study the Impact of COPAs

The Federal Trade Commission issued orders to five health insurance companies and two health systems to provide information that will allow the agency to study the effects of certificates of public advantage (COPAs) on prices, quality, access, and innovation of healthcare services. The FTC also...

Coming Events

Oct 22

FTC participates in Small Business Administration’s Twitter chat on cybersecurity tips for small businesses

The FTC will participate in the Small Business Administration’s Twitter chat on cybersecurity tips for small businesses using #SBAchat.
Oct 23

Cmr. Chopra remarks at 41st International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners

FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra will deliver remarks at the 41st International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners. Tirana, Albania
Oct 24

FTC participates in Front Porch’s Twitter chat on cybersecurity and how older adults can protect themselves from online fraud

The FTC will participate in the Front Porch’s Twitter chat on cybersecurity and how older adults can protect themselves from online fraud using #SrCyberChat.

Past Events

Oct 21

FTC kicks off second annual International Charity Fraud Awareness Week (ICFAW)

The FTC will join state charities regulators across the country and the National Association of State Charities Officials (NASCO) in kicking off the second annual International Charity Fraud Awareness Week (ICFAW), a coordinated international campaign to help charities and consumers...
Oct 17
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Cmr. Phillips speech at 2019 Institute of International Finance (IIF) Annual Membership Meeting

FTC Commissioner Noah Joshua Phillips will speak at the “2019 Institute of International Finance (IIF) Annual Membership Meeting” regarding Personal Data Rights. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC
Oct 16

Fighting Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft in Northern California

Join the Federal Trade Commission on October 16 at 11:00 am PT for “Fighting Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft in Northern California,” a free, one-hour webinar.You'll learn about:The top scams reported in Northern CaliforniaTips to help people recognize and avoid scamsFree resources...