FTC

Privacy advocates ask the FTC to curb Uber’s background location data collection

Uber's new privacy policy, which goes into effect July 17, already has a strong opponent. Privacy activist group Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a 23-page legal complaint, which asked the FTC for help in curbing Uber's location data…

Mobile

Apple hit with $647,000 fine in Taiwan for forcing carriers to accept its iPhone prices

The Taiwan FTC levied Apple with a $647,000 fine for forcing carriers to adhere to its iPhone pricing. Apple can appeal the decision, but the case could set a precedent for other countries to follow.

Mobile

The FTC finally cracks down on fraudulent crowdfunding campaigns

In the first investigation of its kind by the agency, the FTC launched an investigation into an Oregon man's fraudulent 2012 Kickstarter campaign. The investigation ultimately ended in the man being fined, though it could have far-reaching effects.

Web

Cybersecurity firm Tiversa accused of blackmailing potential clients

In a move that could be ripped right from the screenplay of Goodfellas, a federal court has heard a case levied against Tiversa security for extortion of any potential clients who refuses the service being offered.

Computing

YouTube Kids app bashed for Bert and Ernie Casino skit, adult content

Child advocate groups highlight inappropriate content on the YouTube Kids app, including an expletive-laced Scorcese scene featuring Bert and Ernie. While reps from Google cite the app’s video review system as a safeguard, these groups want the FTC involved…

FTC wants bankruptcy court to approve RadioShack’s customer data sale under certain conditions

The FTC has gotten involved in RadioShack's bankruptcy process, saying that the bankruptcy court can approve RadioShack's sale of customer information, so long as the sale meets certain conditions.

Mobile

Verizon and Sprint ordered to pay $158 million in fines over cramming charges

The Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission have slammed Sprint and Verizon with a collective $158 million in fines after the conclusion of an investigation over "mobile cramming" allegations.

Mobile

AT&T scales back speed throttling on unlimited LTE data users

Possibly good news for any AT&T subscriber that's still on an unlimited data plan, the wireless provider has limited the practice of data throttling to time periods of heavy network congestion.

Mobile

Did you buy a PlayStation Vita before June 2012? Sony owes you money!

The lawyers behind a class action lawsuit against Sony over deceptive advertising for the PlayStation Vita have launched a website where potential claimants can sign up to collect their award.

Gaming

Judge ruling allows the FTC to sue AT&T for throttling unlimited data customers

A federal judge in San Francisco ruled that, even with the FCC's new Net neutrality framework, the rules don't prevent the FTC from suing AT&T. As such, the FTC's lawsuit against the carrier will move forward.

Mobile

The Senate will investigate whether the White House let Google off the hook

Google was the subject of an FTC antitrust investigation in 2011, but it soon reached a settlement. Now, details of the numerous meetings Google held with the White House and the company's huge lobbyist presence have been revealed.

Web

DirecTV is in hot water after the FTC charges it with deceptive advertising

DirecTV was charged with deceptive advertising by the FTC after the agency alleged the television provider did not properly disclose additional information pertaining to some of its deals.

Home Theater

FTC cracks down on ‘deceptive’ skin cancer apps

The FTC is on the lookout for mobile apps that make false claims about being able to help users diagnose certain health conditions. Two apps supposedly designed to detect skin cancer have recently been targeted by the commission.

Mobile

TracFone busted on data throttling charges, must pay $40 million fine

The FTC arrived at a $40 million settlement with TracFone Wireless, which was accused of making false unlimited data claims for customers. That money will go to customers who were either throttled or had their data service cut off.

Mobile

The FTC warns how companies could use your data collected from smart devices

As devices become more connected, it leaves us more vulnerable to hacks and privacy concerns. The FTC issues a report stating it won't regulate the Internet of Things yet but companies need to better protect consumers.

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