Latest Federal Trade Commission Stories

Apple Settles FCC In-App Purchases
2014-01-16 15:08:41

Bryan P. Carpender for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Apple’s iDevices and App Store are so easy, even a child can use them. Now that simplicity is going to cost Apple a pretty penny. On Wednesday, Apple agreed to settle a claim with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which requires Apple to refund $32.5 million to parents whose children racked up hefty tabs of in-app purchases. However, this is only the latest complaint regarding unauthorized charges surrounding children’s...

2014-01-15 12:24:18

Company Also Will Modify its Billing Practices Under FTC Settlement WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Apple Inc. has agreed to provide full refunds to consumers, paying a minimum of $32.5 million, to settle a Federal Trade Commission complaint that the company billed consumers for millions of dollars of charges incurred by children in kids' mobile apps without their parents' consent. Under the terms of the settlement with the FTC, Apple also will be required to...

2014-01-11 23:03:16

RF Safe issues a consumer alert on cell phone radiation protection scams; suggesting the FTC needs to reexamine companies making false advertising claims about cell phone radiation protection. Washington, DC (PRWEB) January 11, 2014 According to RF Safe, there are a growing number of products coming onto the market that make statements which claim to offer protection from mobile phone radiation/emissions and simply do not work. It's been over a decade ago that RF Safe Founder, John...

2014-01-09 16:23:08

Online businesses directed towards children under 13 years of age now have access to a new and better technology for verifying parental consent and complying with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). WESTPORT, Conn., Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Imperium®, an established industry leader in fraud prevention and identity validation solutions, is pleased to announce that ChildGuardOnline has received approval from the FTC for its knowledge-based authentication method...

Dieters Beware: Weight Loss Products May Use Deceptive Marketing
2014-01-08 05:37:58

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Most New Year's resolutions include wanting to become healthier, or to lose weight. There are literally thousands of products out there claiming that they can help a person achieve those goals. Not all of them tell the truth, nor do they have ethical practices when advertising. This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced a "law enforcement initiative stopping national marketers that used deceptive advertising claims to...

2014-01-07 16:25:16

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif., Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, SENSA® Products, LLC announced a settlement in connection with a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) consent order on the use of certain advertising claims for the SENSA® Weight-Loss System (SENSA®). The settlement involves no admission of wrongful conduct by the company and does not challenge the product's safety. SENSA® is sprinkled onto foods and designed to help users learn portion control without restricting food...

Flashlight App Developer Settles Dispute Over User Data Collection
2013-12-06 14:16:43

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached a settlement with app developer Goldenshores Technologies, LLC on charges that its free Brightest Flashlight app improperly collected and shared device and location data with third parties such as ad networks. The settlement includes an immediate "just-in-time" disclosure to inform consumers of the information collected and how it is shared. Goldenshores Technologies became the target of an...

FTC Signs Off On Nokia-Microsoft Deal Following DOJ Approval
2013-12-03 11:13:13

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On Monday the Federal Trade Commission signed off on Microsoft Corp.’s proposed acquisition of Nokia’s mobile devices and services business. This transition was given the nod following approval by the United States Department of Justice. The deal, which first went public in September, is reportedly worth around $7.2 billion, and would allow the Redmond, Washington-based software giant to acquire the largest OEM (original equipment...

2013-11-01 23:00:42

The Federal Trade Commission has filed a lawsuit in Arizona federal court against the marketer of HCG Platinum weight-loss products, alleging that the company makes false claims in its advertising, with which it seeks to convince consumers that they can rapidly lose large amounts of weight. Parker Waichman LLP is evaluating cases on behalf of individuals who purchased HCG Platinum Products. New York, New York (PRWEB) November 01, 2013 Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to...

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