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Path Settles With FTC Over Privacy Issues

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced today that Path has agreed to settle FTC charges that it deceived users by collecting personal info from mobile device address books without users’ knowledge and consent and violated COPPA . Path is now required to establish a “comprehensive” privacy program, obtain independent privacy assessments every other year for the next 20 years (similar …

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FTC Strengthens Online Privacy Rules For Children

As has been documented many times before, us adults on the Internet really have no privacy. Advertisers want to know what we’re doing to sell us products, and the government wants to know what we’re doing in case we’re terrorists. Children, however, still enjoy quite a bit of privacy online, and new FTC rules are going to ensure they’re even …

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Priceline Wins FTC Approval For Kayak Acquisition [Report]

Priceline announced in November that it had signed an agreement to acquire Kayak in a deal valued at $1.8 billion ($40 per share of Kayak). Priceline would pay about $500 million in cash and $1.3 billion in equity and assumed stock options. The Federal Trade Commission reportedly said that it has granted its approval of the deal. Reuters reports that …

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Was The FTC Too Easy On Google? Too Hard?

On Thursday, the FTC finally made an announcement regarding its investigation of Google for alleged anticompetitive conduct. The investigation is now closed. The Commission will not be pursing antitrust litigation, and Google escaped without fines, and will make some minor voluntary changes regarding its search business. Many think Google got off to light, while others think even these changes were …

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Consumer Watchdog Inevitably Weighs In On The Google FTC Decision

The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it has closed its investigation into Google, and Google opponents are not thrilled. We looked at FairSearch’s response here. Consumer Watchdog, the consumer rights group, which also challenged Google’s FTC settlement over “Safari-gate,” has now spoken out against today’s announcement. Consumer Watchdog says the settlement fails to end Google’s “most anticompetitive practice,” and …

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FairSearch: FTC’s Google Decision ‘Disappointing And Premature’

Now that the Federal Trade Commission has formally announced the conclusion of its investigation into Google’s business practices, commentary from “experts,” analysts, and various groups are coming out of the woodwork. We knew we’d be hearing from one group in particular. The FairSearch Coalition has released its statement regarding today’s news, to inform the world that it is disappointed with …

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FTC May Announce Google Decision This Week

Here we are into 2013, and still no public decision on the Google antitrust investigation from the FTC. That may change soon, however (I know, we keep hearing that). All Things D is reporting, citing “multiple sources” that the FTC will likely rule on its investigation this week “with a similar settlement to the one discussed before the December holidays”. …

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FTC Updates Child Online Privacy Rules

The United States Federal Trade Commission announced today that it has adopted final amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (otherwise known as COPPA Rule). According to the Commission, parents are to have greater control over the personal info that websites and online services may collect from children under the age of 13. The FTC’s review of the rule …

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Google May Not Get This FTC Thing Resolved Until 2013

It was expected that the Federal Trade Commission would announce its decision on whether or not to pursue an antitrust suit against Google by the end of the year, but now, it’s looking like that won’t happen. Bloomberg is reporting, citing “two people familiar with the situation,” that the FTC will not resolve its investigation until next year. On Tuesday, …

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Google Will Reportedly Offer “Voluntary Concessions” To FTC “Without Any Enforcement Action”

Last week, reports were coming out, suggesting that FTC regulators are expected to end their investigation of Google’s search business without finding antitrust violations, and that the FTC would make its announcement by the end of the year. Google’s competitors were also said to be talking to the Department of Justice. Today, Bloomberg is reporting that Google is “poised to …

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FTC Reportedly Not Finding Antitrust Issues With Google’s Search Business

If the latest reports are accurate, then Google may be getting away from this FTC antitrust investigation related to its search results, unscathed. The New York Post reports today that it has learned that regulators are expected to close their investigation of the company’s search business without finding any antitrust violations, and that the FTC will announced before the end …

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Congressman Requests FTC Briefing In Relation To Google Case

The Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), has sent a letter to the FTC requesting the commission outline how it views its authority to regulate Google’s business practices with regards to competition. Google, as you may know, is waiting for the FTC to reach a decision on whether or not to pursue an antitrust lawsuit. The …

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