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  • FTC charges game developer with misusing money raised on Kickstarter

    A project developer who raised more than US$122,800 on Kickstarter to create a new board game has been charged by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission with using the money for personal equipment, moving expenses, rent and licenses for a separate project.

    Written by Grant Gross12 June 15 05:17
  • FTC complains retail tracking firm didn't notify customers

    A company that tracked retail store customers through their smartphones without notifying them and without giving them a chance to turn off the tracking has settled a U.S. Federal Trade Commission complaint that it didn't live up to its privacy promises.

    Written by Grant Gross24 April 15 04:26
  • FTC: Online billing service deceptively collected medical records

    An online service allowing consumers to pay their medical bills failed to adequately inform them that it would also try to collect highly detailed medical information from their pharmacies, medical labs and insurance companies, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said.

    Written by Grant Gross04 Dec. 14 06:51
  • Court shuts down tech support 'scams' targeted by FTC

    A Florida court has temporarily shut down two "massive" telemarketing operations that allegedly conned tens of thousands of consumers out of millions of dollars by tricking them into fixing nonexistent computer errors, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said.

    Written by Grant Gross20 Nov. 14 06:13
  • Accused text-message spammers to pay $9 million in settlement

    A group of companies that allegedly promised mobile phone users supposedly free gift cards and electronic devices in a "massive" text-messaging spam operation will pay more than US$9 million to settle complaints from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

    Written by Grant Gross23 Oct. 14 06:11
  • Social network acted like a jerk, faces FTC complaint

    The former social network Jerk.com acted like its name would suggest, by allowing users to label others as jerks and then charging people for the ability to change those profiles, but not delivering on that promise, according to a U.S. Federal Trade Commission complaint

    Written by Grant Gross08 April 14 06:51