FTC

U.S. government can now sue companies that fail to protect customer data

Companies that fail to protect customer data from hackers and other sources could soon face the wrath of the FTC, after the federal commission successfully sued the Wyndham hotel chain over its failure to provide safeguards for customer information.

Computing

RoboKiller app takes top prize in $25,000 anti-robocall contest

Fed up with robocalls? Then with a bit of luck you'll soon be able to make use of RoboKiller, an app that takes care of robocalls using audio-fingerprinting technology that helps to identify the computer-generated calls before killing them off.

Mobile

AT&T calls FCC’s fine over its throttling “implausible,” says it shouldn’t have to pay

AT&T says that it shouldn't have to pay the FCC's fine for throttling unlimited customers. It argues the commission lacks the authority to impose it, and that the record-breaking fine is arbitrary and capricious.

Business

The FTC frowns down upon Apple’s 30 percent cut of Spotify revenue

The FTC has launched a formal investigation into whether Apple's 30 percent App Store tax is unduly harming third-party music streaming services. The company is facing increased scrutiny in light of its own music service's launch.

Apple

FTC examining Apple App Store’s 30 percent ‘tax’ on rival music streaming apps

Apple Music has drawn plenty of attention lately, including the stern gaze of the Federal Trade Commission. The U.S. antitrust agency is examining Apple’s 30 percent cut of subscriptions fees for rival music streaming apps downloaded in its App Store.

Music

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