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2014-09-17 05:39:38

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online San Francisco-based online customer rating and review website Yelp has agreed to pay the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) the sum of $450,000 for illegally collecting the personal information of youngsters under the age of 13 without proper consent. According to VentureBeat’s Richard Byrne Reilly, Yelp violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by collecting the names, email addresses and other identifying...

Google Safari Cookie Settlement Upheld
2012-11-18 06:05:54

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The fine levied against Google by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as part of a privacy-related investigation was upheld by a federal judge on Friday. According to Megan Geuss of Ars Technica, the Mountain View, California-based company was accused of implanting cookies on Safari web browsers without their user's knowledge or consent, and following an FTC probe, the two parties settled on a $22.5 million fine for the breach....

Antitrust Allegations Against Google
2012-10-14 05:57:09

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is likely to recommend that the government bring an antitrust lawsuit against Google, various media outlets reported late last week. Diane Bartz of Reuters, citing three unnamed sources familiar with the FTC's ongoing probe into the California-based search engine giant, said that four commissioners believe that Google "illegally used its dominance of the search market to hurt its rivals."...

Dish Network Being Sued By FTC For Violating National Do Not Call Rules
2012-08-24 08:14:07

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The country´s second-largest pay-TV broadcaster, Dish Network Corp, has gotten itself into hot water by violating a rule put into place to protect people from annoying telemarketers who push their product wherever they can, reports Reuters. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a lawsuit in Illinois District Court alleging that satellite Dish Network violated its “National Do Not Call Registry” by...

Is Facebook Watching You?
2011-09-30 05:35:33

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has received complaints from several liberal advocacy groups, including the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), against Facebook. The advocacy groups allege that some of the latest changes to Facebook, such as the new automatic sharing feature, is “unfair and deceptive trade practice” that violates federal law. CNET states that that “Frictionless Sharing” option the...

2011-07-29 10:10:00

Congress has questions, so it will do what everyone else does, it will look to Google for answers and go straight to the top for them. Eric Schmidt, Google's chairman and former longtime CEO, will testify before Congress on September 21 about the company's business practices, setting up what will likely be one of the most crucial Capitol Hill showdowns in Google's history, CNET is reporting. The global leader in search engine advertising is in the midst of an antitrust probe by the US...

2010-06-25 05:40:00

After charges were filed by the US Federal Trade Commission stating that Twitter put its customers' privacy at risk by failing to safeguard personal information, the microblogging service has agreed to an out-of-court settlement. The settlement announced by the FTC on Thursday stems from a series of attacks on Twitter last year. Under the terms of the agreement, Twitter said it is creating an independently audited security program, among other measures. The FTC said Twitter had serious...

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...

2009-09-30 11:05:00

Microsoft's Bing search engine has launched an ad campaign to warn the site's visitors from online scams and misleading claims. According to a press release, Microsoft worked alongside the US Federal Trade Commission, Postal Inspection Service and Western Union in order to create public service announcements to appear alongside Bing search results. The campaign is intended to protect Web users from mainstay scams of the Web, including offers to fix credit scores, mortgage foreclosure rescue...

2009-06-05 09:10:00

The federal government has cut off the Internet connection of a company charged with aiding criminals in posting a "witches' brew" of horrid subject matter online, like computer viruses and child pornography. The US Federal Trade Commission requested that Pricewert LLC's net links be disconnected after it reviewed the evidence of the firm's 'criminal' doings. Pricewert, owner of the "Triple Fiber Network" or "3FN," was not the kind of service that advertised on popular sites. Instead, the...

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