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FTC Reaches Settlement in First Enforcement Action Against a Retail Tracking Company

On April 23, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission announced that Nomi Technologies has agreed to settle charges stemming from allegations that the company misled consumers with respect to their ability to opt out of the company's mobile device tracking service at retail locations. The settlement marks the FTC's first Section 5 enforcement action against a company that provides tracking services at retailers.… Continue Reading

FTC Reaches Settlement with Online Marketers Over Text Message Spamming, Robocalling and Mobile Cramming Charges

On October 22, 2014, the FTC announced that several interrelated online marketing and advertising companies agreed to pay nearly 10 million USD to settle allegations that they engaged in a pattern of text message spamming, robocalling and mobile cramming practices in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act, the Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act, and the Telemarketing Sales Rule.… Continue Reading

FTC Announces Settlement with AT&T in Mobile Cramming Case

On October 8, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced an 80 million USD settlement with AT&T Mobility, LLC stemming from allegations that the company charged its customers without their consent for services provided by third-parties, a practice known as mobile cramming.… Continue Reading

FTC Settles COPPA Violation Charges Against Yelp and TinyCo

On September 17, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced that online review site Yelp and mobile app developer TinyCo have agreed to settle separate charges that they collected personal information from children without parental consent in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule.… Continue Reading

FTC Settles with Google for Kids’ In-App Purchases

On September 4, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced a proposed settlement with Google Inc. (“Google”) stemming from allegations that the company unfairly billed consumers for mobile app charges incurred by children. The FTC’s complaint alleges that since 2011, Google violated the FTC Act’s prohibition on unfair commercial practices by billing consumers for in-app charges … Continue Reading

FTC Settles with Apple for Kids’ In-App Purchases

On January 15, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced a proposed settlement with Apple Inc. stemming from allegations that the company billed consumers for mobile app charges incurred by children without their parents' consent. Apple agreed to pay a minimum of 32.5 million USD to provide refunds to consumers and to change its billing practices no later than March 31, 2014. … Continue Reading

FTC Reaches Settlement with Accretive Health

On December 31, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission announced that Accretive Health, Inc. has agreed to settle charges that the company's inadequate data security measures unfairly exposed sensitive consumer information to the risk of theft or misuse. Accretive experienced a breach in July 2011 that involved the protected health information of more than 23,000 patients.… Continue Reading

FTC Settles Charges with Flashlight Mobile App Developer

On December 5, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission announced a proposed settlement with Goldenshores Technologies, LLC following allegations that the privacy policy for its Brightest Flashlight Free app deceived consumers about the app's collection and disclosure of their geolocation information and device identifiers.… Continue Reading

Background Check Companies Settle FCRA Allegations

On November 13, 2013, two companies that provide consumer background reports to third parties, including criminal record checks, agreed to an 18.6 million dollar settlement stemming from allegations that they violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act when providing these reports to prospective employers. … Continue Reading

FTC Announces 3.5 Million Dollar Settlement in FCRA Case

On August 15, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission announced a 3.5 million dollar settlement with Cetergy following allegations that the check authorization service violated various provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, including requirements concerning accuracy of consumer reports and dispute investigation and resolution procedures. … Continue Reading
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