Topic: Federal Trade Commission

Advocacy Groups Lambast Big Brands and YouTube for Junk Food Ads Aimed at Kids

Oreo, Coke and BK named in complaint to FTC

A pair of advocacy groups today took YouTube and major brands to task for junk-food videos allegedly appearing on the YouTube Kids smartphone app, asking the Federal Trade Commission to…

Wikipedia Tells Marketers and PR Reps to Come Clean

Demands disclosure of conflicts

Wikipedia is getting tough on marketers that corrupt entries for brands, products and individuals. The site—whose content about every topic known to man is curated by an army of unpaid public…

Snapchat Settles With the FTC Over Broken Privacy Promises

Snaps didn't disappear and data was collected

Snapchat, an app that promised messaging privacy, broke those promises to users, the Federal Trade Commission said Thursday. The hot startup agreed to settle with the FTC over charges it…

White House Worried About Use of Big Data to Discriminate

Report on privacy due out this week

The White House report on big data and privacy, due out this week, will call out the potential use of big data as a way to discriminate or take advantage…

Top 10 Reasons Not to Buy Google Glass

Consumer Watchdog raises privacy, safety and vanity concerns

Google Glass goes on sale for one day today, stoking fears among privacy hawks that the wearable tech is a menace to consumer privacy. The one-day limited sale is part of…

FTC Tells Facebook to Preserve WhatsApp Privacy Pledge

Changes would be considered a deceptive practice

The Federal Trade Commission warned Facebook that it must stick to its word about maintaining WhatsApp's privacy policies. If it goes back on the public statements both parties made when…

Senate Confirms Terrell McSweeny to FTC

McSweeny confirmation gives Dems majority

The Federal Trade Commission is back up to its full strength Wednesday after the Senate voted 95-1 to confirm Terrell McSweeny to be the third Democratic commissioner on the five-member…

FTC's Data Security Case Against Wyndham Worldwide Moves Forward

Closely-watched case could determine authority

In a victory for the Federal Trade Commission, a federal judge declined to dismiss the agency's data security case against Wydham Worldwide Hotels, allowing it to move forward. The case, in… Jerked Around Consumers, FTC Says

Site secretly grabbed personal information from Facebook to create profiles

How's this for an online racket? Surreptitiously grab information from Facebook to create tens of millions of profiles labeling people a "jerk" or "not a jerk" and then charge people…

FTC Dings Cole Haan for Wandering Sole Promo on Pinterest

Contest hashtag is not sufficient disclosure

Cole Haan's recent Wandering Sole promotional contest with Pinterest got it a slap on the wrist from the Federal Trade Commission. Though Cole Haan only got a letter and not an…