Native advertising is one of the Biggest New Things in that realm, but now the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is pointing out that the genre needs to avoid being just another version of a very old game: Let’s deceive the customer.
Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission has fined Samsung $340,000 for an organized campaign of using a ”large number of hired writers and designated employees” to post good reviews and comments about its own products and criticism of competitors’ products.
Don’t plan on using official websites of government organizations if the U.S. government is temporarily shut down due to budget woes.
At last! The FTC is taking action against patent trolls. Or at least it voted to seek public comments on a proposal to gather information about patent trolls. Baby steps, people, baby steps.
While Google and Waze prepare to come together, Consumer Watchdog is urging the FTC and DOJ to stop the sale lest the two create a maps monopoly.
Shockingly, most people didn’t want a social network in their email inbox, so the experiment that consisted of Google taking your inbox and insta-poofing a social network into sudden awkward existence never had a prayer of upsetting Facebook, Twitter, or even MySpace.
The Federal Trade Commission announced the results of its investigation into whether Google violated antitrust laws with its current business practices today.
After all, Santa knows who’s naughty and who’s nice.
In the near-miss of a lifetime, Google may slip out of a sticky antitrust case with the FTC.
Want $50,000 and an end to robots calling you and stealing away precious moments you could have spent not talking to a robot? The Federal Trade Commission is holding a contest for anyone who can build a technology that can block these calls and will give them that pretty chunk of change as a reward.
The Federal Trade Commission will prevent seven computer rental companies from spying on customers in a new settlement reached today. The businesses were caught stealing pictures, screenshots, and sensitive information from customers.
The “billion-dollar” transaction that has since become a $741 million deal — due to Facebook’s stock price collapse — is now final.
Germany launched another privacy investigation against Facebook today, after attempts to get the social network to alter its facial recognition technology failed.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission says Facebook duped application developers into paying $375 for a phony security authentication, the latest to come out of the privacy investigation Facebook settled on Friday.
Facebook and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission officially finalized a privacy settlement today after a period of “public comment.”
Search engine marketing guru Danny Sullivan has asked the FTC to review Google’s treatment of paid results within, next to, or near organic search results.
The Federal Trade Commission may levy its first multimillion dollar fine against Google over a security breach initially uncovered by a Stanford student, a sign that the agency is stepping up its efforts to safeguard consumers’ online rights.
The United States Congress is readying a new piece of legislation aimed at preventing unauthorized use of your cellphone data.
Google may be facing some antitrust inquiries from the Federal Trade Commission over its use of Google+ social results in its web search.
A prominent public interest group is once again targeting Facebook for questionable privacy practices.
Internet video chat company Skype confirmed on Monday that eight executives have left the company following Microsoft’s huge $8.5 billion buyout offer in May. The company did not say whether the executives were laid off or resigned, but Bloomberg suggests they were fired. Bloomberg, however, did not mention any grounds for firing.
Google has agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission that will require the creation of a new “privacy program” within the company after claims that its ham-handed attempt at creating a micro-blogging service called Buzz violated the privacy of a large number of its users.
Federal regulators are looking once more into Apple’s control over the applications available on the iPhone and iPad, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. This time it’s Apple’s subscription feature for apps (which the company unveiled yesterday) that’s attracting antitrust scrutiny.
Guest Post (Editor’s note: Curtis Smolar is a partner at Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley. He submitted this column to VentureBeat.)
In a surprising move today, Apple announced it is relaxing App Store restrictions that were put in place earlier this year that effectively banned developers from using app conversion tools like Appcelerator’s Titanium, Unity 3D, and most importantly, Adobe’s Flash-to-iPhone compiler in Flash CS5.
Twitter settled charges with the Federal Trade Commission that it “deceived consumers” and didn’t protect their privacy, according to the agency today. The violated users included singer Britney Spears, President Barack Obama, and the account of the Fox News channel. It’s the FTC’s first data security case against a social network, suggesting that the agency may be looking to get tougher on consumer Web companies.
Facebook is hoping that the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Attorney General will bear ultimate responsibility for cracking down on rogue apps, according to comments yesterday from the company’s D.C.-based head of public policy Tim Sparapani.
Yesterday, the FTC and the Department of Justice were reportedly readying an antitrust probe into Apple due to restrictive changes in its iPhone Developer Agreement. The changes banned the use of tools that convert apps built on other platforms into iPhone apps. Now we’re beginning to see more details leaking out.