July 26, 2013 |
What do Americans think of government snooping into telephone and Internet data? The answer depends very heavily on precisely what is asked. The Pew Research Center ran an experiment this month to find out how much the wording of questions would affect public attitudes toward the widely discussed data-collection operations of the National Security Agency. Pollsters asked 2,002 American adults a set of questions about the issue, splitting them into several groups, each of which got a slightly different question.
April 12, 2013 |
Federal prosecutors say phone and brokerage records show that former KPMG senior auditor Scott London and golfing buddy Bryan Shaw spoke by telephone several times in advance of significant news in companies that were clients of KPMG. After the news broke, Shaw made trades that generated $1.245 million in profits. Here are some examples: Herbalife Ltd. Shaw purchases Herbalife shares and call options (a bet that the stock will rise) after a number of telephone calls with London from March to April 2011.
May 25, 2009 |
A group of master of fine arts students and recent graduates from UC San Diego are busy organizing the Freephone Art Project, an unusual art "installation" that will provide people who may have been deported from the U.S. via the Tijuana border a chance to make one free call after they have been returned to Mexico. To be specific, what the artists are installing is the phone on an outside wall of the student-run Lui Velazquez Gallery in Tijuana -- funded by the UCSD visual arts department -- which sits in a busy area close to the turnstiles where deported people frequently are dropped off by the U.S. Border Patrol.
April 17, 2009 |
Federal government to DirecTV and Comcast cable: What part of Do Not Call didn't you understand? Satellite television provider DirecTV Inc. agreed to pay $2.31 million to settle charges that it made more than 1 million calls to its customers who had -- as was their right -- placed themselves on a Do Not Call list, the Federal Trade Commission said Thursday. And why did the company make the calls? To ask the customers to remove themselves from the list, the agency said.
December 14, 2008 |
You have a new weapon against telemarketers. The Federal Trade Commission is now requiring prerecorded telemarketing calls, also known as robocalls, from businesses or charities to include ways to opt out of future calls. You're already supposed to be protected from unsolicited commercial calls if you're on the national Do Not Call registry, but calls from charities and businesses with which you have a relationship are permitted. Under the new rules, a prerecorded message has to give the consumer a way to cut off the business or charity call -- and ban future calls from the same source -- by pressing a number or saying a word.
November 30, 2008 |
The pitch: "Grandma, I'm in trouble." The scam: It's a pitch designed to tug at the heartstrings of any grandparent who answers the phone. The grandchild is in distress -- stuck in a foreign country, had the car stolen, has a medical emergency, in jail -- and turns to a trusted elder. But according to the Federal Trade Commission, the caller might be a scammer who is not a relative.