Tag Archives: Federal Trade Commission

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

Obama’s New Executive Order Focuses on Securing Consumer Payments

Today, the White House announced that the President signed a new executive order focused on cybersecurity. The signed executive order, entitled Improving the Security of Consumer Financial Transactions, focuses on securing consumer transactions and sensitive personal data handled by the U.S. Federal Government.… 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 Issues Report on Data Broker Industry, Recommends Legislation

On May 27, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced the release of a new report recommending that Congress consider enacting legislation that would increase transparency in the data broker industry and give consumers more control over how data brokers collect and share their personal information. … Continue Reading

FTC Announces Settlement with Data Brokers for Alleged FCRA Violations

On April 9, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced settlements with two data brokers, Instant Checkmate, Inc. and InfoTrack Information Services, Inc. The settlements stem from allegations that the companies violated various provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, including failure to take reasonable steps to ensure that consumer reports were accurate and that their users had a permissible reason to have them.… Continue Reading
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