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2011-07-14 13:13:00

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog today called on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate eight online advertising companies for violating their privacy policies regarding online tracking and said the companies' deceptive behavior shows self-regulation doesn't work. The companies - members of the self-regulatory Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) -- violate their stated policy of not tracking consumers who opt out of receiving ads based on their...

2011-06-29 10:12:00

Beiersdorf, Inc. to Pay $900,000 to Settle FTC Charges WASHINGTON, June 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of its ongoing efforts to protect consumers from over-hyped advertising claims, the Federal Trade Commission reached a settlement requiring Nivea skin cream maker Beiersdorf, Inc. to stop claiming that regular use of its Nivea My Silhouette! skin cream can significantly reduce consumers' body size. The company also has agreed to pay $900,000 as part of the settlement. "The...

2011-05-05 12:47:00

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog today said Google used deceptive and unfair trade practices in marketing its "cloud computing" services to government entities and asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate. In a letter to FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz, the nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group said the Internet giant's practices may violate the recent consent agreement in the "Buzz" case. "We urge you to impose the strongest...

2011-03-30 09:30:00

Google Agrees to Implement Comprehensive Privacy Program to Protect Consumer Data WASHINGTON, March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Google Inc. has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it used deceptive tactics and violated its own privacy promises to consumers when it launched its social network, Google Buzz, in 2010. The agency alleges the practices violate the FTC Act. The proposed settlement bars the company from future privacy misrepresentations, requires it to...

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2011-03-17 06:00:00

The Obama administration urged Congress on Wednesday to approve new legislation to protect the personal data of Internet users.  The move represents a tightened stance from last year's call for voluntary codes of conduct for advertisers and data companies. During a hearing on online privacy held by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Assistant Commerce Secretary Lawrence Strickling called for a "consumer privacy bill of rights" that would regulate the collection...

2011-02-11 10:34:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Do Not Track Me" legislation introduced in Congress today by Rep. Jackie Speier, D-CA, will let consumers block unwanted tracking of their information online, said the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog at a press conference today with the bill author and consumer and privacy advocates. The bill authorizes the Federal Trade Commission to enact and enforce regulations that would give consumers a right to block companies from tracking their...

2011-02-10 08:00:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Google has become a leading purveyor of ads by scammers who prey on struggling homeowners, according to a study released today by Consumer Watchdog, and the nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group has asked the Federal Trade Commission to stop the Internet giant from hosting the ads. "Because Google so far has turned a blind eye to these fraudsters, perhaps because of the substantial revenue such advertising can generate, we ask...

2010-12-15 10:34:00

FTC Charges that Evidence Supporting Benefits of Probiotics Falls Short WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Dannon Company, Inc. has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges of deceptive advertising and drop claims that allegedly exaggerated the health benefits of its Activia yogurt and DanActive dairy drink. These two popular Dannon products contain beneficial bacteria known as probiotics. Dannon will stop claiming that one daily serving of Activia relieves...

2010-12-02 10:48:00

Proposes Browser Setting So Consumers Can Make Choices About Online Tracking WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Federal Trade Commission told Congress today that while the Commission recognizes that consumers may benefit in certain ways from the practice of tracking consumers online to serve targeted advertising, the agency supports giving consumers a "Do Not Track" option because the practice is largely invisible to consumers, and they should have a simple, easy way...

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2010-12-02 06:15:00

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed on Wednesday a series of safeguards to protect consumers' online privacy, including a "Do Not Track" tool that would let consumers prevent marketers from tracking their Web browsing patterns and other online behavior to conduct target advertising. The FTC's five commissioners unanimously approved a preliminary staff report, which will serve as a framework for balancing online privacy and Internet innovation, the agency said. The "Do Not Track"...


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