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Google's 'Animal Farm' Moment

Tom Galvin | Posted 10.22.2015 | 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 10.07.2015 | 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 10.06.2015 | 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 09.02.2015 | 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 08.31.2015 | 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 accu...

The Wild and Weird World of Chinese Crowd-Funding

Akshan deAlwis | Posted 07.20.2015 | 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 06.30.2015 | 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 06.25.2015 | 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 05.21.2015 | 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 05.19.2015 | 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.

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.

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.

Do Not Robocall Me: The FTC Strikes Back

Terrell McSweeny | Posted 05.05.2015 | 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 | 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 | 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...