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

Edward J. Black | Posted 09.16.2014 | 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 08.25.2014 | 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 08.20.2014 | 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 08.28.2014 | 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 07.31.2014 | 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 07.27.2014 | 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 07.24.2014 | 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.

Pyramid or Brokerage Scheme? Herbalife vs. Bill Ackmaan

Food Politic | Posted 05.21.2014 | 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 05.14.2014 | 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 05.04.2014 | 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 04.26.2014 | 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.