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  • Lawmakers target data brokers in privacy bill

    Four U.S. senators have resurrected legislation that would allow consumers to see and correct personal information held by data brokers and tell those businesses to stop sharing or selling it for marketing purposes.

    Written by Grant Gross06 March 15 06:22
  • Privacy groups want investigation of big data acquisitions

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission should launch an investigation into the growing consolidation of big data analytics firms and digital marketing companies, a coalition of four privacy groups said Friday.

    Written by Grant Gross07 Feb. 15 07:22
  • US FTC calls on IoT vendors to protect privacy

    Companies developing Internet of Things (IoT) products should adopt best practices to protect the privacy and security of consumers, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has recommended.

    Written by Grant Gross28 Jan. 15 05:54
  • TRUSTe deceived consumers about recertification program, FTC says

    It turns out that TRUSTe, the provider of privacy certifications for online businesses, may not be so trustworthy after all. The company failed to conduct annual recertification checks for hundreds of companies holding its privacy seal, despite promising to do so, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has charged.

    Written by Grant Gross18 Nov. 14 09:18
  • FTC: AT&T promised unlimited data, but throttled mobile customers

    AT&T has misled millions of its mobile customers by promising unlimited data plans, then charging them and reducing their data speeds after they reach a monthly cap, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said in a complaint announced Tuesday.

    Written by Grant Gross29 Oct. 14 04:53
  • FTC appoints privacy researcher Soltani as chief technologist

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission's new chief technologist is high-profile digital privacy consultant Ashkan Soltani, a move that signals the agency's growing interest in policing online tracking and other Internet privacy issues.

    Written by Grant Gross22 Oct. 14 04:58
  • AT&T to pay $105 million to settle mobile-phone cramming charges

    AT&T will pay US$105 million to settle complaints from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and 51 state-level governments that it made millions of dollars through unauthorized third-party charges on customers' mobile-phone bills.

    Written by Grant Gross09 Oct. 14 03:48
  • FTC warns of using big data to exclude consumers

    The collection and analysis of big data holds great promise, but may also lead some companies to create profiles of consumers leading to discrimination, the chairwoman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Monday.

    Written by Grant Gross16 Sept. 14 05:19
  • Google to pay $19 million to refund kids' in-app purchases

    Google has agreed to pay at least US$19 million to settle a U.S. Federal Trade Commission complaint that the company unfairly billed Android mobile device owners for in-app purchases made by their children, the agency said Thursday.

    Written by Grant Gross05 Sept. 14 03:36
  • Dozens of US tech firms violate EU privacy promises, advocacy group says

    Thirty U.S. data brokers and data management firms, including Adobe Systems, AOL and Salesforce.com, are violating privacy promises they've made regarding their handling of the personal information of EU residents, a privacy group said in a complaint to be filed Thursday.

    Written by Grant Gross14 Aug. 14 14:02
  • FTC: Congress should rein in data brokers

    Data brokers should give consumers more control over their personal information, and Congress should consider legislation that reins in the ways data brokers can use that information, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is recommending.

    Written by Grant Gross28 May 14 02:43
  • Level 3, 11 other companies settle FTC privacy complaint

    Twelve U.S. companies, including Internet service provider Level 3 Communications and BitTorrent, the company behind the popular peer-to-peer file-sharing protocol, have agreed to settle U.S. Federal Trade Commission charges that they falsely claimed to abide by an international data privacy framework.

    Written by Grant Gross21 Jan. 14 22:43
  • Apple settles FTC complaint over charges in children's apps

    Apple will pay at least US$32.5 million to customers in a settlement over a U.S. Federal Trade Commission complaint that the company allowed children to run up huge in-app purchases on the company's devices.

    Written by Grant Gross15 Jan. 14 17:57