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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 04.01.2014 | Business
David_Halperin

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

Pyramid or Brokerage Scheme? Herbalife vs. Bill Ackmaan

Food Politic | Posted 03.21.2014 | Food
Food Politic

By Aly Miller Originally published in Food Politic How did Herbalife, a company that sells nutrition and energy supplements, become the center of a ...

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?

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...

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.

The Asymmetrics, the WEF, ICANN, Brazil, and the 'Little Red Book' of Multistakeholderism

Jean-Christophe Nothias | Posted 03.29.2014 | Technology
Jean-Christophe Nothias

There is a lot of evidence to support the idea that Brazil has recently changed its request for a major change in Internet power structure and governance. One of them is the upcoming Brazilian Internet conference, now organized in association with ICANN.

Apple Bails Out Thieving Little Kids

Jerome Schultz | Posted 03.18.2014 | Parents
Jerome Schultz

Kids under age 5 or 6 might not have understood the ethics or the mechanics of this game, but what the heck are they doing shopping online without parents looking on? Kids age 7 or older, having reached the "age of reason," know exactly what's going on here. Ignorance is no defense.

4 Ways to Curb Kids' In-App Purchases

Common Sense Media | Posted 03.18.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

It's not hard to prevent your kids from racking up big bills with in-app purchases on an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. Here are some pointers.

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...

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...

Educational Opportunity? Globe University's Murky Student Loan Partnership With Debt Collection Agency

Kyle McCarthy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Kyle McCarthy

For years, the EdOp Loan has been marketed as one of the "primary sources of financial aid" and carried an 18% interest rate. As I mentioned in my previous article, the mailing address listed on EdOpLoan.com happens to be the same mailing address for American Accounts and Advisers, a debt collection agency.

Gerry Smith

Google Hit With Big Fine For Secretly Following You Online

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 11.18.2013 | Technology

Google has agreed to pay $17 million to settle charges that it secretly tracked some consumers' activities on the Web, even after promising such track...

Finally, a Chance to Curb the Abuses of For-Profit Colleges

David_Halperin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
David_Halperin

It seems that the powerful for-profit college industry, which has used its taxpayer-provided riches -- up to $33 billion a year -- to buy the most expensive lawyers and lobbyists, and the allegiance of many in Congress to keep the money flowing, is finally on the run.

An Open Letter to the CFPB

Bill Bartmann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Bill Bartmann

Having spent a lot of time thinking about this problem, I want to offer to you five simple ideas that will suppress the "criminal enterprise", uplift families, protect the safety and soundness of the banking system and ensure a functional credit and debt collection process.

Tax Breaks for Corporate Wrongdoing, Part 1: The FTC

Francisco Enriquez | Posted 12.29.2013 | Politics
Francisco Enriquez

Every year, the Federal Trade Commission, or FTC, negotiates hundreds of millions of dollars in deals with corporations to settle allegations of criminal wrongdoing. However, the FTC has ended up allowing bad actors to claim massive tax deductions for their wrongdoing.

More Trouble for For-Profit Colleges: They Can't Keep Calling Your Cell

David_Halperin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
David_Halperin

The for-profit college industry is under pressure. Now, things are about to get even tougher for these companies -- but, thankfully, a little easier for people tired of being relentlessly pursued by for-profit college recruiters.

Washington Must Focus on Online Data Security

Edward J. Black | Posted 11.13.2013 | Technology
Edward J. Black

There are many complex issues related to online data and cybersecurity. The complexity of dealing with all of these aspects ought not prevent focusing on the parts where we can make meaningful progress.

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...

How to Prevent Child Identity Theft Part Two: What Business Can Do

Joe Ross | Posted 11.06.2013 | Parents
Joe Ross

Child identity theft is a growing problem. It is cruicial for businesses to make sure any personal information they collect for children is properly protected.

Lighter Cigarettes by Any Other Name Would Kill as Many Smokers

Lynn T. Kozlowski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Lynn T. Kozlowski, Ph.D.

Products once labeled as lighter and milder are still sold. Even if labeled with random letters in plain white packs, consumers through tasting can identify the milder, lighter, smoother brands, and need to know that such brands are not linked to any reduced risks.

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...

A Serious Case of Prius Envy

Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang | Posted 10.30.2013 | Business
Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang

The success of Obama's green program depends on how closely the auto industry sticks to the spirit, as well as the letter, of the rules it negotiated with the administration.