December 19, 2012 |
Technology has changed a lot in 15 years. It's been nearly that long since the Federal Trade Commission has updated rules protecting kids' online privacy. The Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday that it has given parents greater control over the information that online services collect from kids 12 and under. Read Jessica Guynn's story on the issue here . Among the changes to the 1998 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act: The FTC updated rules for mobile apps and made it clear that a child's location, photographs and videos cannot be collected without a parent's permission.
December 18, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Data brokers who collect vast amounts of information on Americans will be the ones turning over information this time. The Federal Trade Commission has launched an investigation into nine data brokerage companies, ordering them to tell the agency how they harvest and use data on consumers. The FTC is looking to shed light on a multibillion-dollar industry that has largely operated in the shadows. The agency said Tuesday that it planned to scrutinize the privacy practices of nine data brokers: Acxiom, CoreLogic, Datalogix, EBureau, ID Analytics, Intelius, Peekyou, Rapleaf and Recorded Future.
December 11, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Parents often hand over their smartphones and tablet computers to keep their kids entertained. But most parents are unaware the mobile apps and games that delight their kids are secretly collecting personal information they then share with marketers and other third parties. Now federal regulators are investigating whether mobile apps makers, in transmitting this data without parents' knowledge or consent, have violated laws that protect children's privacy. The Federal Trade Commission declined to name or say how many mobile apps makers it's probing.
December 10, 2012 |
The Federal Trade Commission found in a study that most mobile apps for kids are secretly collecting information from children without their parents' knowledge. The information collected includes device IDs, phone numbers, locations, and other private information without their parents' knowledge or consent, the study found. Read more about the here. Join us for a live video chat on the topic at 3 p.m. with consumer columnist David Lazarus, who will be speaking with a spokesman for the app industry, Morgan Reed of the Assn.
November 20, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Federal regulators have opened investigations into 19 financial companies for possible violations of new mortgage advertising rules designed to keep firms from misleading consumers about reverse mortgages and other products. In addition, the regulators have sent letters to 32 other firms warning them about advertisements that falsely imply a connection to a government program or provide other potentially misleading information. The actions, announced Monday, came after a review by the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau of about 800 ads by mortgage lenders, mortgage brokers and other firms outside the conventional banking system.
November 16, 2012 |
A federal judge has approved a $22.5-million fine against Google despite calls from a consumer advocacy group for a stiffer penalty. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston issued the ruling late Friday, a few hours after a hearing arguments. The fine was part of a deal Google reached with the Federal Trade Commission three months ago to settle charges that it bypassed privacy settings on Apple software to track users' online activity and show them personalized ads. Such behavior would violate terms of the settlement Google reached with the commission last year over Google's now-defunct Buzz social networking service.
November 1, 2012 |
“Rachel from Cardholder Services” may not be calling you anymore. A federal court order Thursday morning temporarily halted operations at five telemarketing firms that the Federal Trade Commission said illegally dialed up consumers with millions of prerecorded messages - often saying they were from "Rachel. " “Rachel from Cardholder Services is public enemy No. 1,” FTC chairman Jon Leibowitz said in a statement. The FTC receives 200,000 complaints a month about robocalls.
October 19, 2012 |
The government's latest line of defense against robocalls? You. The Federal Trade Commission is offering what's essentially a $50,000 bounty to slay telephonic spam once and for all. The contest is the FTC's latest attempt to stem a skyrocketing number of robocalls, which too often ring through when dinner's on the table. In July, the agency announced that complaints about automated calls had soared to 212,000 last April, compared with 65,000 in October 2010. [For the record, 5:23 p.m. Oct. 19: An earlier version of this post said the FTC announced that complaints about automated calls more than tripled from 65,000 in 2010 to 212,000 in 2012.
October 12, 2012 |
Federal Trade Commission investigators are circulating an internal draft memo that recommends suing Google Inc. for abusing its dominance of Internet search in violation of antitrust laws, according to three people familiar with the matter. The more than 100-page memo has been distributed to the agency's five commissioners, who will decide whether to sue, two of the people said. A majority of commissioners, including FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz, have expressed concerns internally about Google's practices and are deciding how to proceed, two of the people said.