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Facebook Settles Privacy Violation Charges With FTC
2011-11-30 06:21:53

Facebook has agreed to strengthen its privacy policies and submit to external audits to settle charges that the company misled its 800 million members about the use of their personal data, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on Tuesday. Under the terms of the deal, Facebook pledged to honor users' privacy preferences and to cease making false claims about the security of users´ personal information. The deal settles an investigation that began two years ago, when privacy...

2011-11-29 11:30:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The social networking service Facebook has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public. The proposed settlement requires Facebook to take several steps to make sure it lives up to its promises in the future, including giving consumers clear and prominent notice and obtaining...

2011-11-29 11:10:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released today by the <font size="2" face="Arial">Federal Trade Commission:</font> WHAT: Telephone press conference for media membersReporters who wish to participate can dial 1-800-288-9626 in the U.S., and 612-332-0107 for international calls. The confirmation number is 226657 and the host is Bruce Jennings. This call is for reporters only, and FTC staff will be taking questions only from only...

2011-10-25 16:30:00

FTC Chairman Asks Congressional Supercommittee to Reduce the Deficit and Lower Nation's Health Care Costs by Restricting Pay-for-Delay Deals WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to an overview of industry data released by the staff of the Federal Trade Commission, in Fiscal Year 2011, pharmaceutical companies continued a recent anticompetitive trend of paying potential generic rivals to delay the introduction of lower-cost prescription drug alternatives for...

Popular Websites Share More Personal Data Than You Think
2011-10-13 05:13:32

A new study finds that many of the Internet´s most popular websites are disclosing personal information to advertisers and other data collectors more frequently than previously believed, triggering renewed calls to implement "do not track" rules, according to various media reports. More than half of the 185 websites analyzed in the study shared a consumer's username or user ID with another site, according to the study by researchers at Stanford University's Computer Security...

Representatives Call On FTC To Look Into Use Of 'Supercookies'
2011-09-28 11:11:25

Representatives Joe Barton and Ed Markey have asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to look into MSN.com and Hulu.com's installation of cookies onto users' computers that are unable to be deleted. The two lawmakers asked FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz what the agency plans to do about the companies' use of "supercookies" The supercookies are placed on a user's computer when they visit websites that want to collect personal data.  The lawmakers said these super cookies are able to...

FTC Moves To Strengthen Online Privacy For Children
2011-09-16 04:37:32

  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is proposing tougher privacy protections to help safeguard children's personal information online. The new rules, which apply to children under the age of 13 years old, would tighten requirements covering the collection and storage of personal information by websites, and the way in which websites solicit and obtain parental approval. The Commission said the amendments to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA) are designed to...

2011-09-15 10:10:00

Changes in Technology Drive Proposed Updates WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on proposed amendments to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule, which gives parents control over what personal information websites may collect from children under 13. The FTC proposes these amendments to ensure that the Rule continues to protect children's privacy, as mandated by Congress, as online technologies evolve. The...

2011-09-08 11:21:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Marketers who advertised that their smartphone applications could treat acne have agreed to stop making baseless claims in order to settle FTC charges. The mobile applications, commonly referred to as "apps," were sold in Apple's iTunes Store and Google's Android Marketplace. The settlements in two separate cases would bar the marketers from making certain health-related claims without scientific evidence. "Smartphones make our lives...

2011-08-15 11:20:00

Company Collected Kids' Information Without Their Parents' Consent WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A developer of mobile applications, including children's games for the iPhone and iPod touch, will pay $50,000 to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the FTC's COPPA Rule by illegally collecting and disclosing personal information from tens of thousands of children under age 13 without their...