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Search Industry Vet Calls Upon FTC To Scrutinize Google (And Other Search Engines) Search Industry Vet Calls Upon FTC To Scrutinize Google (And Other Search Engines)
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Veteran search industry journalist Danny Sullivan has written a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, calling on the organization to look into the disclosure of paid listings in Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask, Nextag, Twenga, and TripAdvisor. Sullivan intros the letter, …

FTC Opposes Bans Over Standards Essential Patents FTC Opposes Bans Over Standards Essential Patents

Last week Tim Cook spent time on stage during the opening session of AllThingsD’s D10 Conference talking to Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher about a variety of topics. Among the issues discussed was Apple’s position on patent lawsuits. After from …

Do Social Media Sites View Privacy As A Burden? Do Social Media Sites View Privacy As A Burden?
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When interviewing Robert Ellis Smith, privacy expert extraordinaire, WebProNews’ Abby Johnson asked him how the recent FTC/Myspace ruling would impact services like Facebook and Google+. While indicating all three services reached privacy agreements with the FTC, with both Google and …

Hiring of Antitrust Litigator Doesn’t Signal Google Antitrust Suit, FTC Says Hiring of Antitrust Litigator Doesn’t Signal Google Antitrust Suit, FTC Says

In spite of the red sky Google might be seeing these mornings, the company doesn’t necessarily need to batten down the hatches of its ships just yet, according to Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz. That red sky Google’s been …

POM Juice Lawsuit: Company’s Claims are Deceptive POM Juice Lawsuit: Company’s Claims are Deceptive
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POM juice lawsuit, which is aimed at beverage manufacturer POM Wonderful LLC, states that the company misled consumers by making unsubstantiated claims regarding their product’s usefulness in the treatment of cancer, heart disease, and erectile dysfunction. Although POM Wonderful feels …

FTC Picks Internet Privacy Expert for Senior Adviser FTC Picks Internet Privacy Expert for Senior Adviser

The Federal Trade Commission has drafted Paul Ohm, a professor at the University of Colorado Law School and a well-regarded expert on internet privacy, as a senior advisor on mobile privacy and competition issues. Ohm is slated to assume his …

Twitter Enables Firefox’s “Do Not Track” Option Twitter Enables Firefox’s “Do Not Track” Option

The New York Times is reporting that Twitter has begun acknowledging the “Do Not Track” feature of Mozilla’s Firefox browser. By doing this, Firefox users can now opt-out of all information tracking practiced by Twitter. This includes cookies and third-party …

Sketchers Settlement: Company to Pay FTC $40 Million Over Ads Sketchers Settlement: Company to Pay FTC $40 Million Over Ads
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Sketchers settlement is going to cost the company an impressive $40 million dollars. I suppose that’s what you get when you attempt to trick consumers into thinking they can get a round rump like the one found on Kim Kardashian’s …

Google Report Dismisses Competitors’ Complaints of Search Bias Google Report Dismisses Competitors’ Complaints of Search Bias
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Google continues its offensive against the antitrust investigation by the Federal Trade Commission with another internally-commissioned report released today. The report, which follows a different one from last week that argued Google’s right to free speech, pokes holes through all …

Search Engines Owed Same Free Speech Protections As CNN, Claims Google Report Search Engines Owed Same Free Speech Protections As CNN, Claims Google Report
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In a new report commissioned by Google that examines the scope of free speech that should be permitted to search engines, UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh, who authored the report, says that search engines should be regarded as media companies, …

Myspace Settles with FTC Over User Privacy Myspace Settles with FTC Over User Privacy
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Myspace, the dominant social network before Facebook took over, has just settled with the Federal Trade Commission over user privacy issues, much like Facebook had in November. The FTC contended that Myspace was too vague in its explanation of user …

FTC Hires Beth Wilkinson in Google Investigation FTC Hires Beth Wilkinson in Google Investigation

For the first time in five years of litigation, the Federal Trade Commission has hired outside legal counsel to head up its antitrust investigation against Google, which denotes the seriousness of its inquiry. The FTC has long been looking into …

Facebook’s Instagram Days of Antitrust Scrutiny Ahead Facebook’s Instagram Days of Antitrust Scrutiny Ahead

So now that we have learned that Facebook’s $1 billion purchase of Instagram wasn’t so much a Facebook purchase as it was a Mark Zuckerberg joint, the next arbitrary aspect that we must speculate upon is whether or not Facebook …

Does Fining Google Really Achieve Anything? Does Fining Google Really Achieve Anything?

Over the weekend, the Federal Communications Commission released a heavily redacted report that detailed the consequences of Google’s lack of transparency and cooperation with an investigation revolving around the non-consensual collection of information from people using unsecured wi-fi networks. It …

The Internet Or Your Privacy: Which Do You Value More? The Internet Or Your Privacy: Which Do You Value More?
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There’s an old cartoon that came out back in an issue of The New Yorker in 1993, back when the Internet was still damp with amniotic fluid and long before it’d taken its first step, that featured a dog sitting …

What Will the FTC’s Privacy Framework Do? What Will the FTC’s Privacy Framework Do?

When the Federal Trade Commission released its final report on privacy last week, it made several recommendations for the future of privacy. Thus far, it has received both praise and criticism for the framework it laid out.

Kindergartners are Being Taught to Embrace and Utilize Technology Kindergartners are Being Taught to Embrace and Utilize Technology

Kindergartners are learning how to communicate in a concise manner through Twitter. Early childhood educators are teaching entire classes how to tweet and have created classroom networks for students on Twiducate, a social network devoted to schools and teaching environments. …

EFF Endorses FTC’s Final Privacy Report EFF Endorses FTC’s Final Privacy Report

The Electronic Frontier Foundation approved of the Federal Trade Commission’s final report on digital consumer privacy yesterday, although the privacy advocate did express some caution in giving the report its wholesale endorsement. The EFF supported the FTC’s recommendation of the …

FTC Shifts Privacy Spotlight: New Best Practices FTC Shifts Privacy Spotlight: New Best Practices

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a new report that sets forth a series of “best practices” for advertisers and data brokers to follow which can allow them to flourish while still protecting American consumer’s personal data. The new …

FTC Backs ‘Do Not Track’ Feature In Final Privacy Report FTC Backs ‘Do Not Track’ Feature In Final Privacy Report

The Federal Trade Commission today issued its final report for how companies need to handle consumer privacy, including the much-discussed ‘Do Not Track’ feature that was brought up after the White House introduced the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights earlier …

Is Antitrust Enforcement as Regulation Harming American Companies? Is Antitrust Enforcement as Regulation Harming American Companies?

Antitrust is quickly becoming a buzzword in the technology space as companies such as Google, Apple, and others are being investigated. The Federal Trade Commission is currently looking at Google in regards to claims that it is using its search power to favor its own products in search results.