The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) is the federal agency charged with enforcing consumer protection laws that prevent fraud, deception and unfair business practices, including Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (“COPPA”).
Yikes, Yelp! Targeted in FTC’s Stepped Up Enforcement of Children’s Privacy – General Audience Services Take Heed
Singling a predicted renewal of enforcement of the federal children’s privacy law following broad expansion last year of who and what is covered by the rules, the FTC has filed and settled two recent law suits against mobile app publishers, resulting $750,000 in civil penalties.
In August 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) approved final orders resolving its actions against Fandango, LLC (“Fandango”) and Credit Karma, Inc. (“Credit Karma”) for allegedly misrepresenting the security of their mobile apps to customers because of alleged security flaws in both mobile applications. Companies can look to the complaints and settlement orders for guidance in implementing security measures for their own mobile apps.
As readers of this blog know, Pam looks at OSHA’s website often to stay up to date on news that impacts manufacturers.
Earlier this week, the FTC announced a settlement with a company that supplies functional ingredients to food and dietary supplement sellers.
All Native Advertising is Not Equal: Why That Matters Under the First Amendment and Why It Should Matter to the FTC
Last December, the Federal Trade Commission held a workshop entitled “Blurred Lines: Advertising or Content” to address the latest and greatest darling of the digital media advertising world – Native Advertising, otherwise known as sponsored content, sponsor generated content, branded content, brand journalism, or some would say, the less flattering infomercial or advertorial.
Unsuspecting children downloaded apps from the Google Play store with “unlimited in-app charges without Google requiring entry of a password or other account holder involvement to obtain the account holder’s consent before the charges were incurred” according to FTC (Federal Trade Commission) Chair Edith Ramirez.
On September 4, 2014, the FTC announced a settlement with Google Inc., which requires the search giant to pay at least $19 million in refunds to consumers that the Commission alleges were billed for unauthorized in-app charges incurred by kids.
Google to Refund Consumers at Least $19 Million to Settle FTC Complaint It Unlawfully Billed Parents for Children’s Unauthorized in-App Charges
The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced on Thursday, September 4 that Google has agreed to settle charges and refund no less than $19 million to consumers whose children were allegedly deceived into making mobile purchases through the Android app store.
Last week, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget approved the FTC’s request to study how patent assertion entities (PAEs or, less charitably, patent trolls) operate and to what extent they affect competition and innovation.