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FTC And Facebook Close To Privacy Settlement
2011-11-11 11:46:47

Facebook is close to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over deceptive practices related to a number of the social network´s features, including privacy settings, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing two people familiar with the matter. The proposed settlement would resolve the accusations by privacy activists that Facebook has engaged in dishonest behavior with the changes it made to its privacy settings in 2009. The proposal will also give the FTC 20 years...

2010-11-23 11:43:00

Action Required to Protect Consumers, including their Privacy, in the Online Health and Medical Marketplace FTC Role to Help FDA Address New Threats WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a complaint filed today with the Federal Trade Commission, the Center for Digital Democracy, U.S. PIRG, Consumer Watchdog, and the World Privacy Forum called on the commission to investigate unfair and deceptive advertising practices that consumers face as they seek health information...

2010-06-07 08:24:00

House Subcommittee Urged to Expand Definition of "Sensitive Information," Incorporate "Fair Information Practices," and Require "Opt-in" Procedures for Data Collection WASHINGTON, June 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to a discussion draft of a new privacy bill currently under consideration by the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, ten leading privacy and consumer organizations today called for much stronger provisions to protect consumer privacy...

2010-06-03 16:05:00

WASHINGTON, June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Digital Democracy today called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google's announced plan to buy Invite Media, a display advertising company, for around $70 million, saying the deal raises substantial competitive and privacy concerns. "The ink is hardly dry on Google's questionable AdMob acquisition," said John M. Simpson, consumer advocate for the nonprofit, nonpartisan group, "and the Internet...

2010-05-19 06:45:00

A report issued by a digital watchdog and a public health group urged US authorities on Tuesday to probe the online marketing practices of alcoholic beverage companies and the impact they have on young people. The 34-page report was issued to the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general by the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) and the Berkeley Media Studies Group of the Public Health Institute. CDD executive director Jeff Chester said the "alcohol industry's digital and social...

2009-12-29 09:43:10

Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Digital Democracy pushed for the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to block Google's proposed acquisition of the mobile advertising company AdMob (a provider of advertising services for mobile phones) on Monday. In a joint letter sent to the FTC, both groups urged the FTC to stop Google from acquiring AdMob on the basis of antitrust and privacy related issues. The groups posed that the deal would create privacy concerns and also "substantially lessen...

2009-12-28 09:28:00

Deal to Buy Mobile Advertising Company Is Anti-Competitive And Raises Privacy Concerns WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two consumer groups today asked the Federal Trade Commission to block Google's $750 million deal to buy AdMob, a mobile advertising company, on anti-trust grounds. In addition, the groups said, the proposed acquisition raises privacy concerns that the Commission must address. In a joint letter to the FTC, Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Digital...

2009-12-18 07:47:23

Privacy advocates are asking the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to force Facebook to reverse recent privacy control changes, claiming it is a furtive move to push members of the most popular social networking site to give out more information online. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) joined with the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) and several other organizations in criticizing Facebook of violating U.S. consumer protection law, reported AFP. "More than 100 million...

2009-06-03 09:16:00

WASHINGTON, June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two consumer groups today urged the White House not to move forward with the pending appointment of Google's top global public policy official to the position of Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the White House, saying it would violate the intent of President Obama's ethics rules meant to end the revolving door between lobbyists and the executive branch. Although the choice of Andrew McLaughlin, Google's Director of Global Public Policy, for...

2009-03-12 07:05:00

Advertisers are increasingly turning to smartphones, such as Research in Motion's Blackberry Curve and Apple Inc.'s iPhone, as the latest way to target potential customers with tailored ads based on their location, Web browsing and downloading habits.  Although advertisers already tailor ads to some Web consumers based on their personal data, cellphones have a much higher potential for tailored advertising, particularly those who use GPS-enabled applications that can easily identify a...

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