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FTC Lawyer Gloats About Big Win Against Google FTC Lawyer Gloats About Big Win Against Google

Yesterday, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced that Google will pay a $22.5 million penalty to settle a privacy case related to tracking cookies in Apple’s Safari browser. This is the largest fine a single company has ever had to …

FTC Announces Google’s Massive Fine For “Safari-gate” Settlement FTC Announces Google’s Massive Fine For “Safari-gate” Settlement
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Last month, it was reported that Google was about to pay a $22.5 million penalty, courtesy of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, for privacy issues in what became known as “Safari-gate”. Today, that settlement has been officially confirmed, as the …

Google To Get Biggest Fine In FTC History? Google To Get Biggest Fine In FTC History?
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It looks like Google is about to pay the biggest fine ever to be issued to a company (at least one company) by the FTC. That is if a Wall Street Journal report is correct. The publication is citing officials …

Google Would Support A Transparency Review From The FTC. Competitors? No Comment. Google Would Support A Transparency Review From The FTC. Competitors? No Comment.
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Last month, search industry veteran Danny Sullivan called upon the United States Federal Trade Commission to scrutinize Google and other search engines – specifically, looking into their disclosure of paid listings. A Google spokesperson tells WebProNews, ‚ÄúConsumers benefit from clear …

Google Inherits FTC Investigation with Motorola Acquisition Google Inherits FTC Investigation with Motorola Acquisition

With their recent acquisition of Motorola and their essential technology patents, Google Inc. has also received a civil investigative demand from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. If you remember, Motorola was locked in a battle with Microsoft and Apple regarding …

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.