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FTC Can Police Cyber Security, Appeals Court Rules

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 08.24.2015 | Technology

(Reuters) -- A U.S. appeals court said the Federal Trade Commission has authority to regulate corporate cyber security, and may pursue a lawsuit accu...

Latina Entrepreneurs Deserve Strong Advocates, Not False Promises and Deceptive Opportunities

Amy Hinojosa | Posted 08.18.2015 | Business
Amy Hinojosa

I cannot stand by when a company like Herbalife has the audacity to publicly proclaim they provide opportunities for Latinas -- neglecting to mention that it is under investigation by the SEC, the FTC and multiple state Attorneys General for intentionally targeting and scamming Hispanic customers.

The Perils of Native Advertising

Shannan Adler | Posted 07.31.2015 | Media
Shannan Adler

The Times and most other major publishers take care to label these ads as "paid posts," so as to try to preserve the editorial credibility of the paper and to honor its responsibility to readers. But no one should take much comfort in the (small) fine print.

What to do if Someone Files a False Tax Return in Your Name

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 07.09.2015 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

Few things cause more concern than a letter in the mail from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Though the agency sends out letters or notices for many reasons, identity theft is one of the fastest-growing issues for the IRS.

10 Tips to Protect Yourself From Scammers and Safeguard Your Financial Health

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 05.15.2015 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

If you're presented with a document, such as a contract or an agreement, and you don't fully understand it, don't sign it.

Tobacco Marketing Increased to $9.6 Billion in 2012. Efforts to Fight Tobacco Use Must Also Intensify.

Matthew L. Myers | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Matthew L. Myers

The Federal Trade Commission's latest reports on tobacco marketing are a timely reminder that the tobacco companies are as relentless as ever in marketing their deadly and addictive products, often in ways that entice kids. The huge sums spent on price discounts are especially troubling, making tobacco products more affordable and appealing to price-sensitive kids.

Scandal of FTC Burying Staff Analysis of Google's Search Advertising Monopoly Power

Nathan Newman | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Nathan Newman

When a company with an overwhelming dominance of search and search adverting is locking rivals out of so much of the marketplace, it seems that the FTC commissioners should at least discuss why this isn't a problem.

The Google Staff Report: March Madness Not Worth Watching

David Balto | Posted 05.20.2015 | Business
David Balto

The accidental release of the FTC's unredacted staff report on the Google investigation has caused quite a stir. However, what initially seems like The Sound and the Fury is actually just a tempest in a teapot.

FTC Report Finds Google Engaging In Anticompetitive Tactics: WSJ

Reuters | Posted 03.20.2015 | Technology

(Reuters) - Key staff members at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission were in favor of suing Google Inc for violating antitrust rules before the agency s...

15 Years of FTC Failure to Factor Privacy Into Merger Reviews

Nathan Newman | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Nathan Newman

In many cases, companies that previously built their businesses on promises not to collect or share personal data then were absorbed by companies without such commitments, betraying the trust users had placed in the original companies.

Puffery or False Advertising?

Brad Reid | Posted 02.15.2015 | Business
Brad Reid

The following, in no particular order, are troublesome areas that may result in false advertising litigation.

Wordplay Run Amok: Et Tu, TRUSTe?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 02.14.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

TRUSTe did a bang up job establishing themselves as the must have credential that sites paid them well for. You offer eye candy and a pretty little logo to provide a sense of security. Truth in advertising however, requires more than stamps. It demands in this case, annual inspections and that is what TRUSTe promised.

Are Extended Warranties Worth the Cost?

Jason Alderman | Posted 01.05.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

You're in final negotiations to buy a new car and the dealer is urging you to protect your $20,000-plus investment by purchasing an extended warranty (also known as a service contract). Are these costly add-ons worth the expense or simply a sucker bet intended to boost the seller's bottom line?

Do You Need ID Theft Insurance or Credit Monitoring?

Jason Alderman | Posted 12.29.2014 | Money
Jason Alderman

Do you want to monitor your own credit (which is free but time-consuming) or hand off the task to a third party and pay hundreds of dollars? Either way, make sure it gets done.

How Big Data Enables Economic Harm to Low-Income Consumers

Nathan Newman | Posted 11.15.2014 | Technology
Nathan Newman

While this data unquestionably increases the efficiency of the economy in numerous ways, what is in question is whether consumers are ultimately benefitting significantly from those productivity gains or whether that surplus is being largely captured by these "big data platforms."

Scammers Get Smarter, Meaner

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 11.04.2014 | Impact
Fran Moreland Johns

Today's scammers -- especially those preying on seniors or the socially isolated -- are incredibly skilled.

Identity Thieves Target Kids as Well as Adults

Jason Alderman | Posted 10.27.2014 | Technology
Jason Alderman

Most commonly, thieves will harvest kids' dormant Social Security numbers and use them to illegally obtain jobs or open fraudulent bank and credit accounts. Many victims don't realize there's a problem until years later, when they are turned down because of the poor credit history someone else racked up in their name.

Savvy Shopping with Your Smartphone

Terrell McSweeny | Posted 10.20.2014 | Technology
Terrell McSweeny

Sometimes it seems like there's an app for everything. While these are often useful innovations, it is important to remember that not all of them are providing protections if something goes wrong with your purchase.

To Boost Clean Cars and Fight Global Warming, Let's See Ads That Reflect Mileage Reality

Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang | Posted 10.19.2014 | Green
Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang

The ads tell consumers only part of the gas mileage story, sowing confusion about which cars are clean and which are not -- and leaving buyers at risk of driving off in vehicles that get worse mileage than they expected.

Don't Fall Prey to Medical Identity Theft

Jason Alderman | Posted 08.25.2014 | Business
Jason Alderman

Besides its high cost (an estimated 1.8 million victims paid more than $12 billion in related expenses in 2013), medical ID theft can have deadly consequences as well.

What's This Charge? How to Protect Yourself From Cramming

Terrell McSweeny | Posted 08.15.2014 | Technology
Terrell McSweeny

Many of us -- myself included -- carry our mobile phones with us everywhere. But even as we have become so reliant on mobile phones, most of us don't pay close attention to our phone bills. And if you aren't reading your bill, it could really cost you.

8 Companies That Sold You Lies

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Hiscott | Posted 05.19.2014 | Business

If you haven't heard already, those ridiculous-looking “barefoot running shoes” that have been pretty trendy the past couple of years yield pretty...

Snapchat's Big Lie to Americans

Mark Weinstein | Posted 07.12.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Which is worse: pursuing a scorched earth policy towards online privacy while claiming to "do no evil" or blatantly lying about yourself as an important online privacy application? I would vote for the latter.

Feds Slam States' Anti-Tesla Rules

Reuters | Posted 06.24.2014 | Business

(Adds Tesla comment, updates share price) By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON, April 24 (Reuters) - In an unusual move, three top...

Truth In Advertising and Misleading a Generation

Maryam Zar | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Maryam Zar

"Every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican d...