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Federal Trade Commission

Apr 9, 2018

Facebook could face record fines, say former FTC officials

Facebook’s disclosure last week that its search tools were used to collect data on most of its 2.2 billion users could potentially trigger record fines and create new legal vulnerability for not having prevented risks to user data, said three former federal officials. The three former officials, all of whom were at the Federal Trade […]

Nov 27, 2017

Schumer seeks scrutiny of home DNA test privacy policies

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Sunday he wants the Federal Trade Commission to scrutinize how companies that offer at-home DNA testing kits are handling the genetic data. The Senate Democratic leader said he’s not trying to stop the testing or impede research, but he wants to make sure privacy policies are […]

Mar 5, 2015

Snuggie seller settles charges

NEW YORK (AP) — The company behind the Snuggie, Perfect Bacon Bowl and other “As Seen on TV” products has agreed to pay $8 million to settle charges that it deceived customers. The Federal Trade Commission said Thursday that Allstar Marketing Group promised customers buy-one-get-one free promotions, but some were still charged for the items […]

Jun 30, 2013

FTC awards RIT grad for anti-telemarketer tech

How often have you sat down to a meal or settled in for time with family or friends only to be interrupted by a prerecorded call from a telemarketer? The Federal Trade Commission is betting it’s happened too many times — and recently awarded $25,000 to a former RIT student for coming up with a […]

Apr 2, 2013

FTC issues new guidelines for online ads

The Federal Trade Commission has updated its guidelines for online advertising disclosures to grapple with some of the new technologies since its last guidance in 2000. The guidelines are called “.com Disclosures: How to Make Effective Disclosures in Digital Advertising.” The FTC’s consumer protection blog summarized the key points of the guidelines as follows: • […]

Apr 2, 2013

Feds announce winners of robocall contest

WASHINGTON — There may one day soon be another way to fight those annoying prerecorded phone pitches known as robocalls. The Federal Trade Commission has announced the winners of its contest to develop a blocking technology for the illegal sales phone calls. The contest ended with a tie. The winners are Serdar Danis and Aaron […]

Apr 2, 2013

Judge OK’s service of foreign defendants via Facebook

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has approved the Federal Trade Commission’s request to use Facebook as an alternative means of effecting service of documents on consumer fraud defendants located in India. “History teaches that, as technology advances and modes of communication progress, courts must be open to considering requests […]

Feb 11, 2013

Study: 1 in 5 consumers had error in credit report

WASHINGTON — One in five consumers had an error in a credit report issued by a major agency, according to a government study released Monday. The Federal Trade Commission study also said that 5 percent of the consumers identified errors in their reports that could lead to them paying more for mortgages, auto loans or […]

Jan 3, 2013

FTC: Google to license patents in antitrust case

WASHINGTON — Google is agreeing to license certain patents to mobile phone rivals and stop a practice of including snippets from other websites in its search results as part of a settlement to end a 19-month investigation into the search leader’s business practices, the Federal Trade Commission said Thursday. U.S. antitrust regulators added that they […]

Dec 19, 2012

Government issues new online child privacy rules

WASHINGTON — The government has announced new online child privacy rules it says give parents greater control over the personal information that can be collected from preteens on the Internet. The Federal Trade Commission said the new regulations it issued Wednesday ensure that a 14-year-old law, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, keeps pace with […]

Aug 25, 2011

FTC issues rule on deceptive mortgage advertising

Advertisements with interest rates that seem too good to be true or messages indicating that you’ve been pre-approved for a fantastic mortgage may not be so common in the future.

Mar 31, 2010

ABA raises new concerns over FTC rule

The American Bar Association this week raised fresh concerns with the Federal Trade Commission about definitions covering lawyers as debt relief agencies, this time as they related to provisions within the FTC’s proposed “Mortgage Assistance Relief Services” rule.

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