Posts tagged as: FTC

Facebook Hit With $5 Billion Fine Over Privacy Leaks

  Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has levied a record $5 billion fine on Facebook has as part of a settlement over the Cambridge Analytica  scandal. The social network will also be required to establish an independent privacy committee that CEO Mark Zuckerberg will have no control over. The deal comes amid growing calls in Washington for […]

Senator Chuck Schumer Requests FBI And FTC To Investigate FaceApp

Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer has called for an investigation into FaceApp, which alters users’ photos to make them look older or younger. In a letter posted on Twitter, Mr Schumer called it “deeply troubling” that personal data of US citizens could go to a “hostile foreign power”. Privacy concerns have been raised about the […]

Children Consumer Groups Want Google’s Play Store Kid App Policies Investigated

A collection of organizations that monitors services marketed to children and consumers alleges Google’s marketing policies in the Google Play Store are misleading and should be investigated. The groups have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission wherein they suggest the Family section of the Play Store is rife with content unsuitable for kids. […]

Video Game Loot Boxes To Come Under FTC Scrutiny

The Federal Trade Commission says it is investigating loot boxes, a controversial video game mechanic that can allow players to spend real money on randomized goods. During a hearing yesterday, FTC chairman Joseph Simons addressed New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan, who has recently spoken out about loot boxes. During her turn to ask questions at […]

Federal Court Rules Qualcomm Must License Some Patents To Competitors

Qualcomm was dealt a blow by U.S. Federal Judge Lucy Koh on Tuesday, who ruled that the chip giant must license some of its mobile technology patents to competing companies. The preliminary ruling was made against the backdrop of the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm, which is scheduled to reach the trial phase […]

Congress Wants FTC To Investigate Verizon’s Throttling of Firefighters

Members of Congress want the Federal Trade Commission to investigate (PDF) Verizon’s data-throttling practices after it was revealed that the company slowed down the data of California firefighters fighting blazes in Mendocino. One fire company said its unlimited plan was throttled down to dial-up speeds after it surpassed its monthly high-speed allotment. Verizon refused to remove the […]

AT&T Wants To Settle FTC Lawsuit Over Data Throttling

AT&T today indicated it is prepared to settle with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over allegations that it throttled users’ mobile data speeds without property informing them. AT&T advertised “unlimited” mobile data, but slowed users’ speeds once they crossed a certain threshold. The FTC first sued AT&T over the matter in 2014, but that case […]

FTC Tells Firms ‘Warranty Void If Removed Stickers’ May Be Illegal

The Federal Trade Commission hates warranty void if removed stickers. In an attempt to crack on conditional warranty coverage, the FTC sent letters outlining its concerns over warranty clauses to six “major companies,” and it specifically mentioned those stickers. The FTC didn’t say which specific companies it sent letters to, but did mention they include […]

FTC Looking Into Facebook’s Privacy Practices

The Federal Trade Commission today said it is examining Facebook’s privacy policies and practices. The inquiry comes as a result of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which saw the data of millions of Facebook users shared by an app to an analysis firm that use it create profiles of U.S. voters. “The FTC is firmly and fully committed […]

FTC Tells The Mobile Industry to Be Better At Security Updates

The current state of mobile device security patches is lacking, according to a new report issued today by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC studied how Apple, BlackBerry, Google, HTC, LG, Microsoft, Motorola, and Samsung support their devices over time. “Our report found significant differences in how the industry deploys security updates and that more needs to be […]

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