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Trump Is Building An FCC That May Betray His Populist Campaign Promises

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 01.27.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump ran a populist campaign, but his vision for the Federal Communications Commission, an agency that protects peopl...

When too much control can lead to trouble with the FTC

Amy Callahan | Posted 10.24.2016 | Business
Amy Callahan

One of the most common questions I get from clients who are new to influencer marketing is, "How much control can I have over the content?" The short ...

The FCC Must Act Now To Protect Our Privacy

Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. | Posted 10.05.2016 | Politics
Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr.

Consumers' concerns about privacy aren't academic -- they can have real consequences on our economy. Studies show that when consumers are concerned about their privacy, they limit their online economic and civic activities.

Consumer Protection is a Top Priority for Solar

Thomas P. Kimbis | Posted 07.18.2016 | Green
Thomas P. Kimbis

In a recent Huffington Post blog, "Protecting Consumers: Making the Solar Industry a Safe and Fair Marketplace," former Arizona Attorney General Terry...

Making Sure Your Tax Data Is Safe

Mark Steber | Posted 07.08.2016 | Business
Mark Steber

Identity theft is always in the news these days and as a member of the IRS Security Summit, every email I get has new information about what identity ...

Bring Transparency to the Purchase We All Have to Make

David Balto | Posted 06.14.2016 | Business
David Balto

The way the free market system works is simple. Give consumers choice and transparency and competition for consumer loyalty will follow. Prices fall...

Feds Want To Know Why Android Updates Are So Slow

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 05.10.2016 | Technology

It can take months for Android devices to receive critical software updates. And federal regulators want to know why. The Federal Communications Comm...

FTC Reaches Settlement With Cancer Charities Accused Of Ripping Off Donors

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 12.28.2016 | Politics

The Federal Trade Commission and officials from every U.S. state and the District of Columbia announced on Wednesday that they had reached a settlemen...

How Do You Make Sponsored Content Trustworthy?

Amy Callahan | Posted 03.23.2017 | Media
Amy Callahan

Sponsored content is showing no signs of slowing down but consumers' acceptance of it certainly could. If you take the necessary measures to follow legal guidelines while still allowing influencers to show their true selves in their content, both consumers and the FTC will be satisfied.

If The Content Is Dope, That's All That Matters

Alona Elkayam | Posted 02.08.2017 | Business
Alona Elkayam

It was July 2015, about six months before the Federal Trade Commission released their guidelines on native advertising, when I received this email bel...

5 Ways to Be Charitable on a Budget

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 01.06.2017 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

Wherever you are on the income scale, there's always a way to be generous to others in need without damaging your own budget. Generally, if money is tight, give your time. And if both time and money are tight, you can get creative. Consider these steps first.

Google's 'Animal Farm' Moment

Tom Galvin | Posted 10.22.2016 | Technology
Tom Galvin

"Don't be evil" was famously created at Google's founding by an engineer who wanted something so bold that it would be impossible for the company to back away from it. But it has haunted Google ever since.

Building a Fraud-Free Family

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 10.07.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

The Internet has increased the risk of financial fraud for young and old consumers, but thieves still work by phone and mail. Monitor credit data and make sure loved ones know how to keep their financial data safe.

For-Profit Colleges Appear to Use Random WASP College Name Generator

David Halperin | Posted 10.06.2016 | College
David Halperin

In the for-profit college field, it appears that what works are preppy-sounding family or village names, evoking Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Amherst -- in other words, evoking exclusivity, nurturing, tradition, success, power.

Feds Investigating Whether Android Deliberately Stifles Competition

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 09.25.2015 | Technology

(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether Google Inc is using its Android mobile operating system to stifle competition, ...

How's Your Data Security? The FTC Now Wants to Know

Gene Marks | Posted 09.02.2016 | Business
Gene Marks

Are you taking "reasonable steps to secure sensitive consumer information"? I certainly hope so. If not, the U.S. government can now come after you.

How To Stop Robocalls Once And For All

Jim T. Miller | Posted 08.31.2016 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Millions of Americans on the National Do Not Call Registry ( complain they still receive unwanted calls from robocallers. Why? Because most robocalls are scams run by con artists who are only trying to trick you out of your money, and they simply ignore the law.

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 accus...

The Wild and Weird World of Chinese Crowd-Funding

Akshan deAlwis | Posted 07.18.2016 | Impact
Akshan deAlwis

A new chapter was written in the saga of crowd-funding earlier this month as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) dipped for the first time into the murky waters of crowd-funding in the United States.

AT&T Customers Take to Twitter to Express Anger About Company Throttling Their Data

Kyle McCarthy | Posted 06.28.2016 | Business
Kyle McCarthy

Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission hit AT&T with a $100 million fine, accusing the company of throttling speeds for customers who thought they had unlimited data plans.

Data, Data Everywhere, But Not a Bit You Own

Techonomy | Posted 06.25.2016 | Technology

Who owns data? How should data privacy be defined and protected? And what is the potential for regulation to support or impede the growth of digital data businesses? Those were among the tough questions panelists grappled with at the Techonomy Policy 2015 event last week.

Feds Crack Down On Crowdfunding Projects That Don't Follow Through

Associated Press | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are going after people who raise money online through crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and GoFundMe but don'...

The FTC Holds Makers of "Flushable" Wipes Accountable

Tricia Spencer | Posted 05.20.2016 | Green
Tricia Spencer

Even a magic golden plunger is no match for "flushable" wet wipes. Plungers long ago gave way to workers wielding pitchforks in the battle against sewers filled with giant, clinging balls of waste known as used wet wipes. And we are paying the price.

A Libertarian Dream: The 'Sharing Economy'

Mike Lux | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
Mike Lux

As the FTC takes a look at the sharing economy, they need to think through what it would mean for our broader economy, and they need to think about the danger of creating the Wild, Wild West in certain marketplaces.

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.