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Topic: Federal Trade Commission

Facebook Relaxes Privacy Policy for Teens

Could D.C. lawmaker blowback be far behind?

Facebook's new relaxed privacy policy for teenagers probably won't go over very well with privacy advocates in Washington and lawmakers like Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), a persistent advocate for tighter…

Big Data Added $156 Billion in Revenue to Economy Last Year [Updated]

With new study, DMA aims to shape privacy debate in Washington

Responding to growing Washington attacks on data brokers, the Direct Marketing Association is mounting its biggest defense by unveiling a new study Monday during its annual conference in Chicago. The…

Cross-Device Tracking Could Be Next Privacy Target in DC

Sen. Markey asks FTC to open investigation into device fingerprinting

The relatively new practice of tracking consumers across their digital devices in order to serve up more relevant advertising is beginning to draw scrutiny among Washington policymakers. Called digital fingerprinting, the…

Sniping's the Only Thing Not Shut Down in the Federal Government

Even the Panda Cam has gone dark

When the government shutdown looked like a foregone conclusion, Federal Trade Commission officials on the agenda for the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council’s annual conference in New York had to cut their…

FTC's Jessica Rich Lays Out Ambitious Ad Enforcement Agenda

Talks priorities at Advertising Self-Regulatory Council conference

Jessica Rich—the Federal Trade Commission’s front line to advertising regulation as director of the agency’s consumer protection bureau—is energetic and organized. She’ll need to be to tackle the ambitious agenda…

Sen. Rockefeller Looks Into How Web Surveys and Sweeps Aid Data Brokers

Condé Nast and Time Inc. sites included in probe

Trying to determine where data brokers get personal information about consumers, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) queried 12 personal finance, health, and family-focused websites that collect and share visitors' information from…

Analyst: FTC Condition on Nielsen-Arbitron Hardly Matters

Commission’s quibble benefits ESPN but puts no restrictions on ratings giant

Commissioner Joshua Wright blasted the Federal Trade Commission in his dissent for over-reaching in the condition it imposed on Nielsen’s purchase of Arbitron, but the ultimate impact of the condition…

New York Attorney General Uses Fake Yogurt Shop to Crack Down on Fake Online Reviews

Sting was the largest enforcement action ever against astroturfing

A fake yogurt shop in Brooklyn, N.Y., was used as the base for the New York attorney general's massive sting against fake online reviews. As a result of the yearlong…

FTC Approves Nielsen Acquisition of Arbitron

Deal subject to conditions

The Federal Trade Commission on Friday gave Nielsen Holdings the necessary clearance to acquire Arbitron. Subject to standard closing conditions, the deal is now expected to close on Sept. 30. Per…

FCC and FTC Nominees Couldn't Be More Different

O'Rielly seen as more hands-off, while McSweeny may be more activist

Mike O’Rielly, the GOP nominee for the Federal Communications Commission, and Terrell McSweeny, the Democratic nominee for the Federal Trade Commission, couldn’t be more different. The contrasts were on display during…

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