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FTC Doesn’t Like When You Ask Employees To Tweet Promotional Content Without Disclosure

FTC Doesn’t Like When You Ask Employees To Tweet Promotional Content Without Disclosure

By Chris Crum December 5, 2014

Ad agencies may want to steer clear of asking employees to post positive messages about clients without disclosing their affiliation with campaigns. The Federal Trade Commission may not take too kindly to it. Last week, Sony Computer Entertainment America reached …

Senator Wants FTC To Look At Facebook Senator Wants FTC To Look At Facebook

Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) has written a letter to the Federal Trade Commission regarding Facebook’s controversial emotion experiment, seeking to have the commission examine the ordeal. “I come from the technology world, and I understand that social media companies are …

FTC Files Suit Against Amazon Over In-App Charges FTC Files Suit Against Amazon Over In-App Charges

The United States Federal Trade Commission has filed a lawsuit seeking a court order requiring Amazon to refund consumers for unauthorized charges from in-app payments made by kids without parents’ knowledge. The suit alleges that Amazon billed parents and other …

WhatsApp Hits 500M Users, 700M Photos Shared Daily WhatsApp Hits 500M Users, 700M Photos Shared Daily

Messaging app WhatsApp has just announced a huge milestone–they’ve topped half a billion “regular, active” users. And those users are sharing more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos every day. “Thanks to all of you, half a billion …

FTC Warns Facebook and WhatsApp Over Privacy FTC Warns Facebook and WhatsApp Over Privacy

Today, Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan and WhatsApp General Counsel Anne Hoge received a diplomatic, but pointed letter from Jessica Rich, the Federal Trade Commussion’s Bureau of Consumer Protection head. And the TL;DR version is this: don’t screw with …

FTC Has Seen 2,046 Complaints About Yelp FTC Has Seen 2,046 Complaints About Yelp

The FTC disclosed this week that there have been 2,046 complaints filed against Yelp dating from 2008 to March 4th, 2014. While that may seem like a lot, it’s not incredibly shocking given that we see businesses complaining informally about …

Identity Theft on the Rise this Tax Season Identity Theft on the Rise this Tax Season

Identity theft is on the rise this tax season as millions of Americans file tax returns and claim their refunds. In February, the Internal Revenue Service placed identity theft at the top of their “Dirty Dozen” tax scams list. Criminals …

Identity Theft is Top Complaint of Consumers in 2013

Each year, the Federal Trade Commission collects data on consumer complaints and analyzes said data in order to improve consumer experiences in the United States. And for the 14th consecutive year, identity theft tops the charts as the most reported …

Google's Nest Acquisition Gets FTC Approval Google's Nest Acquisition Gets FTC Approval

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has granted Google permission to acquire Nest Labs. Google and Nest announced the deal last month. Google is acquiring the company, which makes smart home devices like smoke detectors and thermostats, for $3.2 billion in …

Apple To Refund $32.5 Million To Parents

Unintentional (or intentional) digital purchases have been a rising epidemic for parents who’ve allowed their offspring free reign over their iTunes login and credit card. Last Wednesday, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced that Apple Inc. will refund at least …

Will The Target Hack Lead To More Power For The FTC? Will The Target Hack Lead To More Power For The FTC?
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Target, one of the nation’s largest retailers, suffered a major security breach over the holiday shopping season that affected millions of its in-store customers. In fact, it’s estimated that 40 million dedit and card card accounts were stolen. It’s already …

Native Ad Consumption Is Growing Rapidly Native Ad Consumption Is Growing Rapidly

As previously reported, the FTC held a workshop on the topic of native advertising this week called “Blurred Lines: Advertising or Content”. The Commission warned publishers and advertisers that some of these ads may be illegal, and encouraged them to …

FTC Warns Publishers Of Illegal Native Advertising FTC Warns Publishers Of Illegal Native Advertising
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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission held a workshop on native advertising on Wednesday called “Blurred Lines: Advertising or Content”. The workshop was designed to examine the practice of blending sponsored stories in with editorial content, and brought together publishing and …

Consumer Watchdog Complains About Google Again Consumer Watchdog Complains About Google Again
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Frequent Google critic Consumer Watchdog (the ones behind the legendary Eric Schmidt evil ice cream man video) has filed a new formal complaint against Google with the Federal Trade Commission. This time it’s about Google Shopping results. The organization calls …

Google Privacy Changes Draw Senatorial Suspicion Google Privacy Changes Draw Senatorial Suspicion
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One U.S. Senator wants the Federal Trade Commission to take another look at Google, this time for privacy changes the company announced last week that will allow them to use your name and face in advertisements. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) …

Nomorobo to the Robocall Rescue!

The latest tool in the battle against solicitor calls is Nomorobo, which went live as of yesterday. The goal of ‘no more robo’ is ultimately preventing robocalls, those calls that the FTC Do-Not-Call lists were supposed to take care of …

Google's Waze Deal Won't Face Antitrust Issues Google's Waze Deal Won't Face Antitrust Issues

Google looks to be in the clear concerning their recent acquisition of Israel-based navigation company Waze, according to a report from Bloomberg. They cite sources familiar with the matter who say that antitrust regulators will not challenge Google on the …