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Google Privacy Changes Draw Suspicion, Senator Pens Letter to FTC

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) has written a letter to FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, asking her to look into whether or not Google’s new Terms …

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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 (according to Gizmag, the FTC receives about 200,000 robocall complaints a month). The service is free, but not many phone …

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Google’s Waze Deal Won’t Face Antitrust Issues [REPORT]

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 purchase, which took place this past June. Google has gone so far as to say that Waze’s team will remain …

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Should The Government Regulate Paid Content?

Online advertising has changed. It used to be that Web sites would have a few banner ads or side bar ads to bring in revenue. Then consumers started to use adblockers and other methods to ignore these ads. That’s when sites turned to native advertising, and it’s caught the FTC’s attention. The Federal Trade Commission announced on Monday that it …

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Infomercial Mogul Trudeau Found in Contempt of Court

If the Federal Trade Commission is to be believed, Kevin Trudeau is a snake oil salesman the likes of which have not been seen since the days of the wild west in America. A true miracle-elixir-slinging Perrelli of the first order, Trudeau has made millions – maybe hundreds of millions – off selling books and products to people that claim …

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FTC’s Stricter Rules on Collecting Kid’s Data Are Now in Effect

Today, the Federal Trade Commission’s updated Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act rules officially go into effect. The modifications, first announced last year, attempt to keep the safeguards on the collection of young children’s information current with expanding technology. The new rules not only extend the scope of what is meant by “personal information” to include things like geolocation data, but …

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FTC Updates Search Engine Ad Disclosure Guidelines

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has updated is guidance to the search engine industry regarding the need to distinguish between advertisements and search results. Search industry veteran Danny Sullivan wrote a letter to the FTC just over a year ago calling upon the commission to scrutinize Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask, Nextag, Twenga and TripAdvisor, with regards to the disclosure of …

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Google Said To Be Under FTC Review For Waze

Google acquired Israel-based navigation company Waze earlier this month, after about a year’s worth of rumors that competitor Facebook would do so. Now, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is making sure the move is not anti-competitive. The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday that Google has confirmed it’s been contacted by FTC lawyers about a review. Details beyond that are …

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Google Could Be In For Another FTC Antitrust Probe

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is considering opening up a new antitrust probe into Google’s businesses practices once again, according to reports. This one would not be into Google’s search business, but its display advertising business. Bloomberg cites sources who wished not to be named, as saying the FTC is in the “preliminary stages” of a probe into whether the …

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Google Announces Opt-Out Tool To Keep Content Out Of Its Specialized Search Engines

Google has launched a new way for sites to opt out of having their content show up in Google Shopping, Advisor, Flights, Hotels, and Google+ Local search. Matt Cutts announced the feature in a very brief post on the Google Webmaster Central blog, saying, “Webmasters can now choose this option through our Webmaster Tools, and crawled content currently being displayed …

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Kids Had A Hard Time Buying M-Rated Video Games In 2012 [Study]

In 2011, the Supreme Court smacked down a proposed California law that would have fined retailers that sold M-rated games to children. Before that ruling, other states had tried to pass similar laws. Even after the Supreme Court ruling, other states are still trying to pass video game-related legislation. A semi-annual study suggests such legislation isn’t needed. Since 2000, the …

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FTC Gets Specific on Guidelines for Third-Party Twitter Ads

The Federal Trade Commission has just released some revisions of its decade-old online advertising guidelines, alliteratively titled “Dotcom Disclosures.” In it, the FTC lays out more specific rules for “space-constrained” ads, which you and me would probably just call Twitter ads. The new regulations add bits and pieces about all types of online ads – especially ads viewed from mobile …

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