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LifeLock, Inc. has agreed to pay $11 million to the Federal Trade Commission and $1 million to a group of 35 state attorneys general to settle charges that the company used false claims to promote its identity theft protection services, which it widely advertised by displaying the CEO’s Social...
The Federal Trade Commission has issued a final rule requiring certain Web-based businesses to notify consumers when the security of their electronic health information is breached.
Sears Holdings Management Corporation – owned by Sears, Roebuck and Company and Kmart Management Corporation – has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it failed to disclose adequately the scope of consumers’ personal information it collected via a downloadable software...
The Federal Trade Commission today announced that it has approved a Federal Register notice seeking public comment on a proposed rule that would require entities to notify consumers when the security of their electronic health information is breached.
At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. District Court has issued a temporary restraining order halting the sale of keylogger spyware. According to the FTC’s complaint, the Florida-based CyberSpy Software, LLC marketed and sold RemoteSpy keylogger spyware to clients who would then...
The Federal Trade Commission today told the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation that “legislation authorizing the Commission to seek civil penalties in spyware cases could add a potent remedy to those otherwise available to the Commission.” In testimony to the Committee,...
A one-day “back to basics” workshop on complying with truth-in-advertising laws will take place in Nashville, Tennessee, on Tuesday, May 13, 2008, by the Federal Trade Commission and the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office. Green Lights & Red Flags: Rules of the Road for Advertisers and...
Operators who infected more than 15 million computers with destructive, intrusive spyware will give up $330,000 in ill-gotten gains from their venture to settle FTC charges that their scam violated federal law. The settlement will bar the defendants from downloading software onto consumers’...
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.
CDs’ Embedded Content Protection Software Posed Security Risks, Limited CD Use, and Monitored Users’ Listening Habits on their Computers, Without Consumer Consent
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...
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.
The Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce's (Commerce) National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) today released a report they prepared jointly at the request of Congress regarding the benefits and burdens of the "reasonable demonstration" requirement...
The Federal Trade Commission today issued the second part of its report on online profiling by network advertisers. The Commission unanimously applauded the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) for developing an innovative self-regulatory proposal which addresses the privacy concerns consumers have...
In a settlement announced today by the Federal Trade Commission, Toysmart.com ("Toysmart") has agreed to settle charges the company violated Section 5 of the FTC Act by misrepresenting to consumers that personal information would never be shared with third parties and then disclosing, selling, or...
The Federal Trade Commission today filed a complaint against Toysmart.com, LLC, and Toysmart.com, Inc., a failed Internet retailer of children's toys, in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts seeking injunctive and declaratory relief to prevent the sale of confidential...
GeoCities, one of the most popular sites on the World Wide Web, has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it misrepresented the purposes for which it was collecting personal identifying information from children and adults. This is the first FTC case involving Internet privacy....

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