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Match.com Knowingly Profited Off Romance Scammers, FTC Suit Claims

It’s no easy task finding love online. It’s harder still when some of the many dating service options are littered not with hot singles in your area, but with scammers, as has evidently been the case with Match.com, according to a newly filed lawsuit by the Federal Trade Commission. Read More >>

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Google Agrees to Pay Up to £164.5 Million to Settle Investigation into Children’s Privacy on YouTube: Report

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is fining Google between $150 million (£123.3 million) and $200 million (£163.5 million) to settle the whole debacle with its subsidiary, YouTube, allegedly breaking children’s privacy law, Politico first reported on Friday. Read More >>

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We Regret to Inform You the Ad Regulator Has Deemed Anyone With 30,000 Followers a Celebrity

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the UK’s independent industry self-regulation group, has officially determined the lower boundary for who counts as an internet “celebrity”: It’s anyone with over 30,000 followers on social media. Read More >>

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Facebook Worried About Mark Zuckerberg’s Old Emails in Privacy Probe

Employees within Facebook have dug up “emails that appear to connect Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg to potentially problematic privacy practices” in the course of responding to a Federal Trade Commission investigation, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing “people familiar with the matter.” Read More >>

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Apple, Google Remove Three Dating Apps That Could Expose Minors to Sexual Predators

The US Federal Trade Commission on Monday said that Apple and Google had removed three dating apps from their respective app stores after – yikes – the agency found they allowed children under the age of 13 to sign up, collected data on them in likely violation of federal law, and could allow sexual predators to contact children, CNBC reported. Read More >>

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Mark Zuckerberg May, Personally, Be in Big Trouble With the US Federal Trade Commission

Two sources familiar with the Federal Trade Commission’s investigation into Facebook say that Mark Zuckerberg himself is now a target. According to The Washington Post, the agency wants to hold the company’s co-founder, chief executive, and board chairman – Zuck is all of those things – accountable for mishandling Facebook user data. And since Zuckerberg told Congress last year that he’s responsible for what happens at Facebook, the FTC’s idea to pin him with the blame for the company’s many, many misdeeds actually makes a lot of sense. Read More >>

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Why You Should Care About the Latest Chapter in the Showdown Between Apple and Qualcomm

The legal showdown between Apple and Qualcomm is nothing new. The two tech giants have been sniping at each other in courts spanning three continents for years now. But Monday marked the start of the main trial in what’s essentially the world’s biggest patent/antitrust case – and depending on who wins, the implications are huge for tech. Read More >>

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Facebook Blames Users for Its Latest Privacy Scandal as Lawmakers Ask to Chat

Members of Congress on Tuesday requested a briefing with Facebook over allegations that the social network potentially misled users who discussed their medical conditions in “closed” groups that they believed to be private and anonymous. But Facebook says users who shared information in these groups should have understood that the social network “is not an anonymous platform.” Read More >>

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Facebook is Negotiating a Record Multi-Billion Fine for Its Privacy Problems: Report

Facebook is in active negotiations to resolve the Federal Trade Commission’s investigation into the company’s privacy failures, according to a new Washington Post report, talks that could result in a multi-billion dollar fine or a heavyweight court battle. The report didn’t include an exact figure and said that landing on an amount is the focus of the talks. Read More >>

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The Movement to Break Up Facebook Has Begun

Privacy and anti-monopoly advocacy groups launched the Freedom from Facebook campaign on Monday, demanding that the Federal Trade Commission force the social media giant to break up into four separate companies. Sensing a moment of weakness, activists hope to establish stronger privacy protections and cross-platform communication. Read More >>

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Oh Good, a Former Lawyer for Facebook and Equifax is Now in Charge of Investigating Them

Here’s some good news for massive corporations that have violated the public trust by exposing the personal data of millions of American consumers, as if they needed it: the government’s new chief watchdog is one of their own. Andrew Smith, a lawyer who has represented dozens of firms including Facebook and Equifax, will serve as the head of the Federal Trade Commission’s consumer protection unit. Read More >>

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Smart Toy Maker to Pay £480,000 After Millions of Kids Get Hacked

In recent years, a number of toy makers have come under fire for developing children’s smart devices that turn out to be privacy nightmares, and a company called VTech Electronics has just settled the US Federal Trade Commission’s (the FTC) first case involving an internet-connected toy. VTech will pay the FTC $650,000 (around £480,000) over charges it violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and “failing to take reasonable steps to secure the data it collected,” according to an FTC statement released Monday. Read More >>

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Check Out These FTC Complaints Against Tinder

Anyone who’s spent any considerable amount of time on Tinder knows that, like any service promising random lonely people quick and easy access to a horde of horned-up singles over the Internet, it kind of sucks. It’s filled with fake profiles, tries to sell you on premium services, and even if you do meet someone, there’s a reasonable chance your date will involve listening to them test out their bad standup routine or complain about feminism. Read More >>

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The Amount of Cash That Middling Celebs Make on Social Media Will Shock You

Agencies like the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have started to crack down on celebrity endorsements on networks like Instagram and YouTube. But have you ever wondered how much your average celebrity gets paid for a post? Not Kim Kardashian West or Kanye West. We know they make millions. But just your average, run-of-the-mill celeb or internet-famous “influencer” with a few million followers? They still make tens of thousands of pounds. Read More >>

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Influencers Beware: Authorities Are Cracking Down on Paid Instagram Posts

Sponsored posts from celebrities — or worse yet, “influencers” — are terrible in any form, but they’re especially bad when it’s not clear they’re actually advertisements. That’s why, according to a report from Bloomberg, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) wants to crack down on these fuzzily labelled posts. Read More >>