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

Nathan Newman | Posted 03.26.2015 | 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 03.20.2015 | 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.

15 Years of FTC Failure to Factor Privacy Into Merger Reviews

Nathan Newman | Posted 03.19.2015 | 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.

Do Not Robocall Me: The FTC Strikes Back

Terrell McSweeny | Posted 03.05.2015 | Technology
Terrell McSweeny

Shutting down robocallers requires a multi-pronged approach. Law enforcement alone cannot put a stop to robocalls. We also need to go toe to toe on the technological front to develop powerful solutions to the problem.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFPOLLSTER: FTC Hits Back Against Illegal Scam Survey Calls

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics

An illegal cruise pitch served up under the guise of an automated poll draws a half-million dollar settlement. Scott Walker and Jeb Bush lead as the p...

Nannies, Ninnies, Nutrients and Nonsense

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

When the New York Times reported recently that a lot of alleged nutrient supplements are devoid of nutrients and supplements, the scrum was immediately predictable. That much more so because we have seen a recent backlash against our over-hyped reliance on supplements as silver bullets.

Dana Liebelson

U.S. Government Takes Unprecedented Action Against Revenge Porn

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 01.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Trade Commission made an unprecedented move against "revenge porn" on Thursday, reaching a settlement with the alleged opera...

Obama's Cybersecurity Plan: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Adam Levin | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Adam Levin

In his recent words on the issue, Obama is dead right. But having spent the past decade focusing on these issues, I'm not ready to take a "Birdman" victory lap through the canyons of midtown Manhattan just yet.

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.

SiriusXM Charges an Extra (Hidden?) Fee for Music!

Richard Robbins | Posted 01.24.2015 | Business
Richard Robbins

Music is at the core of the service SiriusXM provides. What's next? Will dairies start charging a fee above the advertised price of milk to cover the costs of feeding cows? Perhaps a Bovine Maintenance Fee?

Consumers to Tech Giants: All We're Asking for Is R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Jeff Fox | Posted 12.06.2014 | Technology
Jeff Fox

It's not enough for any company--tech or non-tech--to merely warn consumers that using a product involves risks and consider that doing so has absolved it of any further responsibility. Those who would serve consumers must make every possible effort to eliminate all known risks without delay.

Sorry, That Caffeine-Infused Bra Won't Help You Lose Weight

Reuters | Posted 11.29.2014 | Business

By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Bras, girdles and leggings infused with caffeine and sold as weight loss aids were more...

Big Data's Impact On Underserved, Low-Income Consumers On FTC Radar

Edward J. Black | Posted 11.16.2014 | Technology
Edward J. Black

It is precisely because big data is so essential that regulators should thoughtfully pursue policies that allow the global Internet economy to grow responsibly, while taking care not to unnecessarily restrain this growth.

FTC to Begin Patent Troll Study

Edward J. Black | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
Edward J. Black

It's time for the FTC to begin using its authority to subpoena troll companies and gather more data on exactly how this parasitic industry is draining the economy.

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.

OkCupid's Experiment May Have Broken FTC Rules

Reuters | Posted 09.29.2014 | Technology

By Casey Sullivan (Reuters) - OkCupid’s disclosure that the popular dating website intentionally misled couples about their suitabilit...

'NYT' Op-Ed Militates for Higher Oil Prices and Fewer American Jobs

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 09.25.2014 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Mr. Steven Rattner demonstrates that he lives in an oil industry induced fantasy whose preachments have seduced the public, our government, our press in the misguided belief that the price we are paying for oil is a market derived price reflective of actual supply and demand. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Learn to Recognize Mortgage Relief Scams

Terrell McSweeny | Posted 09.23.2014 | Money
Terrell McSweeny

If you are having difficulty making your mortgage payments or possibly facing foreclosure on your home, you're not alone. And unfortunately, there are some opportunists who know it and may try to take advantage of you.

Protecting Those Who Protect Us: Military Consumer Protection Day Is July 16

Terrell McSweeny | Posted 09.15.2014 | Money
Terrell McSweeny

Sadly, servicemembers, veterans and their families are sometimes targeted by cons who seek to take advantage of their service. These frauds can take a variety of forms. Servicemembers need tools to protect themselves from fraudsters who will continue to try to take advantage.

How T-Mobile Allegedly Hid Bogus Fees In Phone Bills

The Huffington Post | Dino Grandoni | Posted 08.31.2014 | Technology

T-Mobile knowingly billed customers for hundreds of millions of dollars in bogus charges, according to a complaint filed by the Federal Trade Commissi...

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...

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...

Facebook Really Can't Change WhatsApp's Privacy Policies Now

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 04.10.2014 | Technology

When Facebook agreed to acquire the popular messaging service WhatsApp, some feared Mark Zuckerberg's company would ignore privacy promises made to ea...

Quiz: Which For-Profit College Are You?

David Halperin | Posted 05.31.2014 | Business
David Halperin

Time to find out how badly you rip off students and taxpayers.