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A flashlight app stole 50-100 million people’s location data, gets a slap on the wrist

The developer of Android app Brightest Flashlight, GoldenShores Technologies, got reprimanded by the Federal Trade Commission. Unfortunately, based on the final terms, the punishment doesn't amount to much.

The FTC is still as worried about Facebook’s privacy issues as we are

The FTC cleared Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp, but only under one condition: that users' privacy and information be respected and properly protected. Read on to learn more.

FTC clears Google’s $3.2B acquisition of Nest

In a move that wasn't expected to happen until the end of the month, the FTC and the Department of Justice's Antitrust division have given Mountian View the green light on its recent acquisition of Nest

Microsoft and EA’s payment to YouTubers may be unethical, but not illegal

Microsoft, Machinma, and Electronic Arts have been accused of paying YouTubers to promote their products, and then having them sign non-disclosure agreements. While this may be unethical, it likely isn’t illegal.

Apple will pay $32+ million to parents with app-crazy kids

Apple has agreed to pay back millions to parents of children who went on app-store spending sprees, racking up hundreds and thousands in purchases.

Apple fined $670,000 in Taiwan for interfering with iPhone pricing

It's not the kind of Christmas present Tim Cook will have wanted, but he's been given it nonetheless – Apple on Wednesday was hit with a $670,000 fine by Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission for interfering with iPhone pricing.

Facebook presses pause on privacy updates as complaints intensify

Facebook will have to wait to roll out its new privacy updates after advocates call foul and want to further investigate the changes.

FTC tells search engines to improve ad labeling practices

The FTC on Tuesday issued new guidelines to search engine companies insisting they take steps to distinguish more clearly between search results and ads. The commission said it believed that in recent years the lines have become blurred.

Privacy organization files FTC complaint against Snapchat

Snapchat's problems with its glaring loopholes are mounting, and this time its fate may end up in the hands of the FTC after EPIC's complaint.

Watch out, the FTC says sneaky data brokers may illegally sell your data

Some data brokers are up to no good and the FTC has taken light action by sending them warning letters. While now penalties have been issued, this does mean that some of the outlets out there are doing illegal things with your data. Here's what you need to…

FTC finds that the video game industry is adept at keeping Mature games out of kids’ hands

The Federal Trade Commission has completed a study of how skilled the video game, movie, music, and literature industries are at enforcing age-rating policies. Video game retailers came out on top, with vast majority of retailers blocking the sale of…

Google dodges FTC antitrust lawsuit with changes to search, patents, ads

Google and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission have reached an agreement that brings to end a two-year antitrust investigation of the Internet search giant. Both Google and the FTC are calling the settlement a win.

FTC hires external lawyer to head Google investigation

The Federal Trade Commission has hired a former Justice Department prosecutor to take over control of its ongoing investigation into the business practices of Google, leading some to believe that it may be preparing to launch legal action against the online…

FTC ordering data brokers to turn over our information

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is showing its teeth today. On top of expanding privacy law to make it more difficult to track children, the FTC is now ordering data brokers to hand over the information they’ve collected on online consumers, exposing their…

Tracking kids’ online activities just got a lot harder

The Federal Trade Commission today updated the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act to include social networks and mobile apps, in addition to websites. It also makes explicit what counts as kids' "personal information," and makes it easier for companies…

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