March 27, 2008 |
The White House named William Kovacic as the next chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, replacing Deborah Platt Majoras when she leaves office at month's end. Kovacic has served as one of the FTC's five commissioners since January 2006. He will be one of two remaining Republican commissioners after Majoras leaves.
March 18, 2008 |
There's no such thing as a free plasma TV. ValueClick Inc., one of the largest Web advertising networks, will have to pay federal authorities $2.9 million for telling consumers otherwise. The civil settlement Monday with the Federal Trade Commission is the largest penalty to date under the 2003 Can-Spam Act, which forbids deceptive e-mails and unsolicited commercial come-ons that aren't clearly labeled. The case is embarrassing for publicly traded ValueClick of Westlake Village, which has been touted as a likely takeover candidate in the wake of major online advertising acquisitions by Google Inc., Microsoft Corp.
February 29, 2008 |
Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Deborah Platt Majoras will resign in late March, the agency said Thursday, to handle antitrust issues for Procter & Gamble Co. Majoras will join the consumer products manufacturer as vice president and general counsel June 1, a company spokeswoman said. During her tenure at the FTC, the agency cleared P&G's $57-billion acquisition of rival consumer products company Gillette.
February 24, 2008 |
2Amid the tumult of the delivery room, Rohit and Geeta Jain were calm about one thing: Their new baby was sure to be a boy. Six months earlier, the Jains had spent more than $300 for a test that screened a minute quantity of Geeta's blood for traces of male DNA. The testing company said it was 95% accurate in determining the sex of a baby, even as early as the eighth week of pregnancy. After six hours in the delivery room, Rohit gaped as his wife gave birth to a daughter.
December 21, 2007 |
In approving Google Inc.'s $3.1-billion purchase of DoubleClick Inc. on Thursday, federal regulators determined that there was plenty of competition in the fast-growing Internet advertising world. But they also expressed concerns about consumer privacy in that rapidly evolving marketplace, in which companies are increasingly using technology to track people's digital footprints to follow them around the Web and target ads to their activities.
December 15, 2007 |
The head of the Federal Trade Commission said Friday that she wouldn't remove herself from an antitrust review of Google Inc.'s purchase of online advertising company DoubleClick Inc., rebuffing requests from privacy groups opposed to the transaction. Deborah Platt Majoras, chairwoman of the FTC, said she had reviewed a petition from the groups with the agency's ethics official and other staff and determined that "the relevant laws and rules . . . neither require nor support recusal."
November 8, 2007 |
Have you received calls from telemarketers -- which, of course, usually come at dinner time -- even though you were on the Do Not Call registry? The Federal Trade Commission called some of these alleged violators back, and it will cost them a lot more than an evening meal. The agency said Wednesday that several companies, including such nationally known names as Ameriquest Mortgage Co. and ADT Security Services Inc.
November 7, 2007 |
A congressional hearing should be held to examine the privacy aspects of Google Inc.'s plan to buy advertising company DoubleClick, the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee said Tuesday. "Google is an information colossus already, but add on DoubleClick's marketing power and you produce a single commercial entity that can know more about you and me than nearly everybody but mom and the IRS," Rep. Joe L.
November 1, 2007 |
First there was "Do Not Call." Now, if a coalition of privacy groups gets its way, there might be the Internet equivalent: "Do Not Track." The coalition asked the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday to make it easier for people to prevent advertisers from tracking their Web surfing through what's known as behavioral targeting.