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Gerry Smith

Consumer Privacy 'Bill of Rights' Seeks To Give Web Users More Control Over Their Data

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 02.23.2012 | Technology

The Obama administration on Thursday will unveil a consumer privacy "bill of rights" that aims to give web users more control over how their personal ...

Catherine New

Look Who's Outsourcing

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 02.21.2012 | Business

Even scam artists are outsourcing. On Tuesday in its first crackdown on fraudulent telemarketing in South Asia, the Federal Trade Commission announced...

Gerry Smith

Mobile Apps For Kids May Be Violating Privacy Law, FTC Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 02.17.2012 | Technology

Dozens of mobile apps for kids, from alphabet and word games to flash cards and puzzles, do not disclose how they use children's personal data and may...

Fake Suicide Call Prompts Woman To Sue Big Bank

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 02.13.2012 | Business

These days, debt collectors are putting some people through so much pain that it's landing them in the hospital. Anne Sessions of Lane County, Oreg...

Government Agency Continues Its Fight Against Abusive Debt Collectors

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.31.2012 | Business

The government's efforts to police debt collectors -- an ongoing battle that has drawn in countless ranks of cash-strapped consumers in recent years -...

Google's New Search Function Slammed By Privacy Group

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 01.12.2012 | Technology

UPDATE: On Thursday, EPIC sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission calling for an investigation into the changes at Google. The letter reads in p...

Work At Home Scam Victims Still Losing, Even After FTC Settlements

Posted 01.04.2012 | Business

Work-at-home scams often prey on the most vulnerable Americans, but even when they're punished for taking advantage of the unemployed, elderly and oth...

Congress to Kids: Drop Dead

Michele Simon | Posted 02.18.2012 | Politics
Michele Simon

Last month, when Congress declared pizza a vegetable, it was hard to believe things could get much worse. But never underestimate politicians' ability to put corporate interests ahead of children's health.

Loren Berlin

California Arrests Two For Scamming Distressed Homeowners

HuffingtonPost.com | Loren Berlin | Posted 12.07.2011 | Business

Two owners of a Southern California-based loan modification company were arrested Tuesday on charges that they scammed thousands of distressed homeown...

Food and Media Companies Lobby to Weaken Guidelines on Marketing Food to Children

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

A major lobbying push by a powerful group of food and media companies appears to be working, with a federal agency indicating it would back off on parts of proposed voluntary guidelines for marketing food to children. The guidelines are meant to combat childhood obesity.

What the Facebook/FTC Settlement Means for Users

Larry Magid | Posted 01.30.2012 | Technology
Larry Magid

The FTC and Facebook have reached a settlement on charges that Facebook deceived consumers "by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public."

In Many States, Borrowers In Debt Could End Up In Jail

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 11.22.2011 | Business

Not paying off debts can eventually land you in jail -- at least in a sizable minority of U.S. states. Borrowers who can't or don't pay their debts...

Gerry Smith

Facebook Not The Last To Face Privacy Scrutiny

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.11.2012 | Technology

Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are reportedly near a settlement over the company's privacy policies. But Facebook is not the first socia...

Alexander Eichler

Debt Collectors Used Lies, Threats And Insults To Get People To Pay Up, FTC Alleges

HuffingtonPost.com | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.27.2011 | Business

"Look, I am trying to help your company. This matter is serious and will cause problems at the job." That's allegedy what employees at Rincon Debt ...

Can Our Returning Warriors Survive in This Lousy Economy?

Jerry Chautin | Posted 12.25.2011 | Business
Jerry Chautin

If you are looking for a suitable franchise to buy, a discount alone is not a good enough reason.

Gerry Smith

Austrian Law Students Help Spark Facebook Privacy Probe

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 12.21.2011 | Technology

While researching a paper on privacy law this summer, Max Schrems, a 24-year-old law student in Austria, asked Facebook to turn over all the data the ...

Where Are the Heroes? The State of Our Politicians' Dis-Union

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics
Sarah O'Leary

Our founding Fathers must be rolling over in their graves, given the certain state of disgrace in Washington, D.C. and in various other parts of our o...

Eric Schmidt: 'Our Business Practices Will Stand Up To Scrutiny'

Posted 11.21.2011 | Technology

By Jack Shafer (Reuters) - Google Inc is confident that U.S. antitrust regulators will clear the search giant of any wrongdoing, Executive Chairman...

Bianca Bosker

Google's Rivals Say Web Giant Is 'Trying To Kill Them'

HuffingtonPost.com | Bianca Bosker | Posted 11.20.2011 | Technology

This article has been updated Yelp, which has long dominated Google search results, has a new competitor that it's taking very seriously: Google itse...

Regulators Want Tougher Online Privacy Protections For Kids

L.A. Times | Posted 11.15.2011 | Technology

Federal regulators on Thursday proposed tougher privacy protections for preteens surfing the Internet as the government seeks to update safeguards put...

Google's 5 Most Expensive Acquisitions To Date

The Huffington Post | Cooper Smith | Posted 10.15.2011 | Technology

Google announced on its blog Monday that it plans to purchase Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in cash. If the deal is approved by antitrust regula...

WATCH: How The DOJ Helped Birth A Massive Phone Scam

DailyFinance | Bruce Watson | Posted 09.27.2011 | Business

Recently, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and the Senate have all taken aim at "cramming," a multibillion dollar i...

Google Is No Microsoft

David Balto | Posted 08.30.2011 | Business
David Balto

Any analogy between a potential antitrust case against Google and the antitrust case against Microsoft ignores the underlying facts and is a misguided over-simplification of the complicated nature of the on-line search market.

Bianca Bosker

Is Google The Next Microsoft? Antitrust Inquiry Could Be On The Horizion

HuffingtonPost.com | Bianca Bosker | Posted 08.23.2011 | Technology

Is Google the next Microsoft? The question, which has been asked most often in regard to Google's ability to innovate, takes on new significance am...

Oil Companies Investigated For Possible Market Manipulation

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 08.21.2011 | Business

This would help to explain those high gas prices. Late Monday, federal regulators announced an investigation into whether oil companies and refine...