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Don't "Protect" Us From Our Own Genetic Information

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Megan Smolenyak

Unfortunately, there is a tendency towards a paternalistic attitude by certain groups in the medical professions who seek to limit access to medical information that is not directly under their control.

FTC Google Probe Pushed By Lawmakers

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Two lawmakers who co-chair the House Privacy Caucus asked the Federal Trade Commission if Google broke the law in collecting WiFi and other Internet d...

Junk Food Crackdown: Feds Draw Up Strict Standards For Marketing To Kids

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Is the federal government preparing to impose strict new standards on the food industry and how it markets junk food to kids? On Wednesday, BNET po...

Gov 2.0 In Need of the "G" Chip?

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

As governments rush head on into constructing their own Gov 2.0 online platforms, applications and services; care needs to be taken to consider the privacy, industrial and personal issues.

Absurd Double Standards: FTC Threatens Apple for Economic Abuse While Ignoring Wall Street

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Reich

Our future well-being depends more on people like Steve Jobs who invent real products that can improve our lives, than it does on people like Jamie Dimon who invent financial products that do little other than threaten our economy.

Why Facebook Users Need Protection

Jeff Fox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jeff Fox

In a just-released report on social networks, Consumer Reports found that posting personal information on networks like Facebook, the largest social network, can threaten you and your family in a variety of ways.

Breaking the Technology Bottleneck: The FTC's Intel Case Is Critical to Innovation

David Balto | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
David Balto

The FTC case goes to trial early this fall. The result of the litigation could not be more important for consumers. If the FTC prevails, we may see lower priced microprocessors leading to lower cost and faster computers.

Where is the Left on Cybercrime?

Joseph Menn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joseph Menn

Electronic identity theft is the greatest consumer protection issue of our time, according to the Federal Trade Commission statistics, and the poor suffer disproportionately.

Homeowners Score Points With Recent Countrywide Fine, Wells Fargo Case

New York Times | Gretchen Morgenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

While the wheels of justice have turned very slowly in the years since our nation's financiers and regulators nearly cratered our economy, the Federal...

Bank Of America-Countrywide Settlement: Bank Will Pay $108 MILLION

AP | ALAN ZIBEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Bank of America will pay $108 million to settle federal charges that Countrywide Financial Corp., which it acquired nearly two year...

The FTC Confuses Newspapers With Journalism as it Seeks New Media Tax

Michael Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Gonzalez

To alleviate the plight of the newspaper industry, the FTC is considering remedies including a proposal to extend the Copyright Act to make facts proprietary, increasing NPR and PBS's funding, and levying a tax on Internet users.

F.T.C. Looks Into Amazon-Google Ties, Causing Amazon Boardmember Doerr To Step Down

The New York Times | MIGUEL HELFT and BRAD STONE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

But people with direct knowledge of the matter now say Mr. Doerr's decision was prompted by a Federal Trade Commission inquiry into the close ties bet...

FTC: Misleading Telemarketers Fined $18 Million

AP | JENNIFER C. KERR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Telephone fundraisers who duped consumers about their donations to police and firefighters must pay a record fine worth $18.8 milli...

FTC Circles Wagons Around Newspapers

Jeff Jarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeff Jarvis

The FTC has defined journalism as what newspapers do, and aligned itself with protecting the old power structure of media intead of journalism's disruptors.

Google AdMob Deal APPROVED By FTC

AP | MICHAEL LIEDTKE and JOELLE TESSLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO — Google Inc.'s $750 million acquisition of mobile ad service AdMob cleared its final hurdle Friday with a boost from AdMob's jilt...

Google TV Is Real!

Shelly Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Shelly Palmer

Google TV allows you to watch and search both TV and web content and will be free after users initially purchase the service. It's going to be available this fall on Sony TVs exclusively at Best Buy.

Regulate Nonbank Financial Institutions, Say Consumer Groups

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- While much of the Congressional debate over consumer financial protection has focused on banks, lawmakers have been grappling behind the...

Are Privacy Groups Being Hyper-Sensitive Over Google Buzz

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ramon Nuez

Google Buzz is a week old and it has set the social networking ecosystem into a frenzy. Many opinions are polarized -- love it or hate it.

FTC Eyes Stricter Online Privacy Rules

Yahoo! News | Grant Gross, IDG News Service | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission plans to take a hard look at how it enforces consumer privacy standards in the coming months, with new rules for onl...

Setting the Record Straight on the FTC's Testimonial and Endorsements Guide

Mary K. Engle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mary K. Engle

Randall Rothenberg recently took a shot at the FTC on the Huffington Post for its newly introduced Testimonial and Endorsements Guide. Here is our response.

Pfizer-Wyeth Deal Approved By FTC

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK (AFP) -- US regulators gave tentative approval Wednesday to a deal allowing Pfizer to buy pharmaceutical Wyeth, boosting the size of the worl...

FTC Intel Antitrust Lawsuit: FTC Alleges Intel Tried To 'Snuff Out' Competition

AP | JORDAN ROBERTSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO — The Federal Trade Commission piled on new antitrust charges against Intel Corp. on Wednesday, seeking to end what it described a...

FTC Panel On Future Of Journalism: Murdoch, Huffington Speak

AP | JOELLE TESSLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON — Media companies need to deliver compelling information on a variety of electronic devices and overcome readers' resistance to payin...

An Open Letter to the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission

Randall Rothenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Randall Rothenberg

Does the FTC really intend to probe America's opinion-mongering apparatus this closely? Do you have a team of Freuds and Jungs able to examine "the weight" consumers give opinions from social media?

FTC to Social Media Marketers and Bloggers: Y'all Play Fair Now!

Andy Sernovitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Andy Sernovitz

"I'm a free-speaking blogger" doesn't give you a free pass from consumer protection laws. If you get compensation, you're a business now. You don't get a free pass just because it's social media.