Facebook Sued by FTC and 48 US Jurisdictions In Antitrust Case

As expected, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), along with a coalition of US jurisdictions, has sued Facebook over antitrust accusations.

FTC Holds Zoom Accountable For Misleading Security Claims

Zoom has agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over misleading security claims.

Antitrust Case Against Facebook May Be Next

Just days after the DOJ filed an antitrust case against Google, the FTC may be planning a similar case against Facebook.

What Not to Do: Former Uber CSO Charged For Covering Up Data Breach

The Department of Justice has announced it is charing Uber’s former Chief Security Officer (CSO) Joseph Sullivan for obstruction of justice.

TikTok Accused of Violating Child Privacy—Again

TikTok is in hot water yet again, with consumer groups accusing the social media company of violating child privacy.

Judges Orders Facebook To Hand Over Data About Possible Privacy Issues

According to The Wall Street Journal, “a Massachusetts judge has ordered Facebook to turn over data about thousands of apps that may have mishandled its users’ personal information.” In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook has faced ongoing…

Brazil Fines Facebook Over Cambridge Analytica Scandal

Bloomberg is reporting that Brazil has levied a $1.6 million fine on Facebook for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The fine is the result of an investigation that began in April 2018, finding that Facebook illegally shared data…

AT&T Agrees to Pay $60 Million to Settle Legal Dispute Over Throttling Smartphone Plans

While every major smartphone carrier advertises unlimited plans, the reality is that all of them come with restrictions. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), AT&T has just agreed to settle a case where it misled millions of customers about…

EU Investigating if Amazon is Using Data to Unfairly Compete With Third-Party Sellers

The European Union is on the prowl again in a likely attempt to win cash and concessions from an American business giant, Amazon.

FTC Reportedly Looking At Google’s Android Business

Google is back in the eye of the Federal Trade Commission, this time for its Android business, which has also been drawing scrutiny from government regulators around the world. Regulators are investigating if Google is employing anticompetitive practices as its…

Uber: We Don’t Collect Background Location Data, But We Might at Some Point

On July 15, Uber is putting a new privacy statement into effect, and part of it is raising some eyebrows. A few paragraphs down in the new policy, under the heading “Collection of Information”, you’ll find this: Location Information: When…

Google’s YouTube Kids App Isn’t That Kid-Friendly According to Consumer Groups

In April, a group of consumer advocate groups including The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood (CCFC), American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Children Now, Consumer Federation…

FTC: Controversial Wall Street Journal Google Article ‘Misleading’

On Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal published an inflammatory report under the title “Google Makes Most of Close Ties to White House,” which attempts to make the case that Google was able to sway the outcome of the FTC’s antitrust…

Old Report About Old Google Test Ruffles Feathers

An algorithm change Google probably only used in a limited test roughly eight years ago is apparently the top story in tech this morning. It will likely give Google’s competitors more talking points, but probably won’t make a lot of…

Yelp: FTC Closes Investigation, Takes No Action

Yelp announced on Tuesday that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has closed an investigation into the company’s business practices without taking any action against it. Last spring, the FTC published a letter stating that it had received over 2,000 complaints…

FTC Settles Charges Against Snapchat

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced on Wednesday that it has approved a final order settling charges that Snapchat deceived consumers with promises about the disappearing nature of messages sent through its service. This follows a public comment period. The…

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

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…

Report: FTC Is Concerned About Google’s DoubleClick

Google purchased DoubleClick back in 2007. While it was enough to draw heavy scrutiny from the Federal Trade Commission, the FTC ultimately gave the deal a greenlight as it couldn’t find any grounds to prevent it from going through. That…

Unlimited Data Plan Scam Causing FTC To Sue AT&T

AT&T is being sued by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for misleading their customers into believing that they were receiving an “unlimited data plan” when they were really having their internet speeds decreased by up to 90 percent. On Tuesday,…

Yelp Pays FTC $450K After Child Privacy Violation

Yelp reached a settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over the violation of child privacy law. The company had enabled kids under 13 (some even 9 and under reportedly) to sign up for its service, collecting their email addresses…