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Truth In Advertising and Misleading a Generation

Maryam Zar | Posted 04.18.2014 | 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...

FTC Hits Data Brokers For Bad Reports, False Sex Offender Claims

AP | JENNIFER C. KERR | Posted 04.10.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's tough enough landing a job these days. So imagine if that background check provided to your potential employer wrongly ident...

FTC Continues Crackdown on Misleading Endorsements

Allison Fitzpatrick | Posted 03.14.2014 | Media
Allison Fitzpatrick

The FTC's latest settlement should serve as reminder to all marketers that they need to ensure that their spokespersons are disclosing their material connections when endorsing the marketer's products in non-traditional media, such as talk shows, blogs and websites.

Hanging Up on Robocalls

Chris Meyer | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business
Chris Meyer

Do you feel like you're getting bombarded with robocalls -- those annoying, prerecorded calls from telemarketers?

Gifts, Social Media and Online Privacy

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz | Posted 02.26.2014 | Technology
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz

Raise your hand if you have ever purchased the wrong gift. The $60 billion annually spent in the United States on unwanted presents is a frustrating problem that can be solved, Fligoo CEO and startup co-founder Lucas Olmedo says.

FTC Investigates Western Union For Fraud

Reuters | Posted 02.25.2014 | Business

Feb 25 (Reuters) - Money-transfer company Western Union Co is being probed by the Federal Trade Commission and a U.S. district court over fraud-ind...

Don't Fall for Valentine's Day Scams

Jason Alderman | Posted 04.14.2014 | Business
Jason Alderman

Valentine's Day brings out the best -- and worst -- in human behavior. Our impulse is to be generous and search for the ideal gift. Internet thieves know this and coolly set traps for unsuspecting shoppers. Here are some of the more common Valentine's Day scams to avoid.

4 Top Weight Loss Scams of the Year (So Far)

William Anderson, MA, LMHC | Posted 03.31.2014 | Healthy Living
William Anderson, MA, LMHC

These are just a sample of the rogues gallery of conmen scheming to pick your pocket. Worse than stealing from you, they keep you from using the real solution to your weight problem while sending you on a goose chase that will leave you feeling hopeless.

Your Kids Just Cost Apple A Bunch Of Money

AP | Posted 03.18.2014 | Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — Apple will refund at least $32.5 million to consumers to settle a federal case involving purchases that kids made without their pa...

Christina Wilkie

Snapchat Hires Big Guns On Capitol Hill After Huge Data Breach

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the wake of a massive consumer data breach, the photo messaging app Snapchat hired its first Washington lobbyists last week, accordin...

Inviting Startups to the Privacy Regulation Party

Christina Gagnier | Posted 03.02.2014 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

If we have learned anything from past attempts to regulate areas where the technology innovation is moving quickly (copyright), not talking to small businesses and startup operators will eliminate a critical voice in the conversation of how such regulation would be practically implemented.

Do Your Homework Before Buying a Timeshare

Jason Alderman | Posted 02.23.2014 | Business
Jason Alderman

I understand the appeal of having a guaranteed vacation home in an area you love and the flexibility many timeshares offer of being able to swap your unit. But I worry that many buyers don't consider all associated costs and mistakenly think timeshares are sound financial investments that will appreciate in value.

Hacking Soap and Diaper Purchases

Christina Gagnier | Posted 02.19.2014 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

Rumored yesterday and confirmed this morning, everyman retailer Target has announced that the credit card information for forty million customers was ...

40 Million Credit Cards May Have Been Compromised In Target Breach

Posted 02.13.2014 | Business

Target confirmed Thursday that previous reports about the unauthorized access of customers' credit card data were true. In a press release posted o...

Dear Congress: Don't Take Away the FTC's Best Tool for Fighting Patent Trolls

David Balto | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
David Balto

The criticism of the FTC's use of Section 5 in competition cases seems like a tempest in a teapot. This is not the time to shackle the federal agency best suited to use its enforcement powers to attack patent trolls.

The FTC: a Tough Data Security Cop

David Balto | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
David Balto

In Wyndham and other cases the FTC is going after practices that are grossly at odds with responsible industry standards. However, deception actions should not be the only enforcement tool.

FTC Warns Vets That For-Profit Colleges 'Lie About How Well Their Graduates Fare'

David_Halperin | Posted 12.31.2013 | Business
David_Halperin

The Federal Trade Commission may be ready to get tough with America's for-profit colleges. That makes sense. The business model of many for-profit colleges is built on deception -- if students actually had all the relevant information, they wouldn't enroll.

Seniors: Be on High Alert for Scams

Jason Alderman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Jason Alderman

I look forward to the day when we no longer need to warn senior citizens about scams designed to separate them from their hard-earned money. I'm not holding my breath, however.

Chris Kirkham

Text-Messaging Debt Collector Hit With $1 Million Fine

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Kirkham | Posted 09.26.2013 | Business

The personalized text messages went out to more than a million cell phones over the last 18 months, warning of a critical legal issue. "It is URGEN...

FTC Looking Into Facebook's Privacy Policy Changes

AP | By BARBARA ORTUTAY | Posted 11.12.2013 | Technology

NEW YORK (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission is looking into a set of policy changes that Facebook proposed in late August, though the agency says i...

Facebook's New Privacy Policy Comes Under Fire

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 09.05.2013 | Technology

Try not to die of shock, but Facebook is in hot water over privacy concerns again. On Wednesday, six privacy groups sent a letter to the Federal Tr...

Blatant Distortion and Manipulation of Oil Prices Laid Bare

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 10.26.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

What transpired on Friday was a brutal movement in the price of oil to the enormous benefit to oil interests. And for no reason that can be explained by either an interruption in supply, direct nor indirect, nor significant change in demand, nor economic data supporting the move.

The Cost of Nearly Everything Is Rigged, Enriching the Bank Fixers

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 10.11.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Hello Congress, Federal Reserve, Commodities Futures Trading Commission, Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, is anybody listening? Or do the Big Boys just get to play while we pay and pay!?

Steer Clear of Auto Repair Scams

Jason Alderman | Posted 10.07.2013 | Business
Jason Alderman

If you feel frustrated or intimidated whenever you take your car in for repairs, you're not alone. Although most auto repair shops are legitimate, some unscrupulous operators will rip off inexperienced car owners.

Your Price of Gasoline Is Going Up! How Sweet It Is!

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 09.13.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

The days of the Commodity Exchanges functioning as casinos should be brought to a cataclysmic halt by forceful government action serving the interests of the public's well-being and sane economic policy.