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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…

April 15, 2014, 9:31 AM EDT

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…

April 10, 2014, 2:13 PM EDT

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…

April 9, 2014, 5:21 PM EDT

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…

April 7, 2014, 5:40 PM EDT

Jerk.com 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…

April 7, 2014, 1:54 PM EDT

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…

April 3, 2014, 5:18 PM EDT

Consumer Scores Are the Next Privacy Boogeyman in Washington Report details 'hundreds of secret consumer scores'

Privacy hawks have come up with a new boogeyman called consumer scores, putting marketers once again on the defense in the debate over big data and privacy. According to a study…

April 3, 2014, 12:47 PM EDT

Fandango, Credit Karma Settle FTC Charges in Data Security Case Sends strong message to companies to tighten procedures

The Federal Trade Commission continues to step up its data security enforcement in an attempt to stop data breaches before they harm consumers. On Friday, the agency announced Fandango and…

March 28, 2014, 12:54 PM EDT

Target Is Washington's Poster Child for Data Breach Debate Report shows where retailer went wrong

Target is quickly becoming the poster child for Washington policymakers anxious to find a solution to curb the growing number of data breaches that steal and compromise the personal information…

March 25, 2014, 5:23 PM EDT

FTC Study Reveals How Alcohol Advertisers Use Digital Marketing Spirits firms increased expenditures fourfold since 2008

Keeping tabs on marketing alcohol to underage consumers, the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday released its fourth study of self-regulation in the alcohol industry.  While there are no headlines on the…

March 20, 2014, 4:43 PM EDT

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