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Yelp Settles Lawsuit for Collecting Minors' Email Addresses Pays FTC $450,000

Yelp is the latest company to come under fire from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for allegedly gathering names and email addresses from children without parental consent. The San Francisco company…

September 17, 2014, 11:14 AM EDT

Mobile Coupon Growth Expected to Continue Despite privacy concerns

There were an estimated 560 million digital coupon users in 2014, and that number is expected to grow to over a billion by 2019, according to a new study by…

August 7, 2014, 1:32 PM EDT

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…

June 16, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

FTC Chair Edith Ramirez Fights for Data Security and Privacy Rights Consumers come first

One year into her tenure as chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, Edith Ramirez is putting the agency front and center as the nation’s leading enforcer on privacy and data…

May 27, 2014, 6:03 AM EDT

Confessions of a Data Broker Acxiom’s CEO Scott Howe explains how self-regulation can work

Not long ago, data brokers—companies that compile databases of consumer information and then sell them to marketers—toiled in the shadows of media and advertising, seen as largely responsible for those…

March 25, 2014, 6:25 AM EDT

Could the FTC Go After Publishers for Carrying Deceptive Ads? To what extent is media expected to interpret?

After the Federal Trade Commission’s hammer came down earlier this month on deceptive weight-loss aids, settling with Sensa and others for a record $34 million and updating its 10-year-old media…

January 19, 2014, 9:30 PM EST

A Look at Some of the Key Media Bills Being Introduced Testing the waters for support in an upcoming election year

Congress is winding down for the year, making it highly unlikely that any new laws will get passed; even nominations are having a tough time. There is still a question…

November 25, 2013, 9:59 PM EST

If Publishers Fail to Self-Regulate Native Ads, FTC May Step In Problem of how to define

BuzzFeed is famous for it, Facebook and Twitter embraced it, and The Atlantic got blasted for it. Native advertising may be all the rage, but if brands and publishers aren’t…

July 10, 2013, 7:08 AM EDT

More Than 200 Retailers Have Been Targeted By Patent Trolls Legislation reform is gaining momentum

There’s reason to be optimistic that before the end of the year Washington will put patent trolls in their place. In the last few weeks, the push for reform has…

June 9, 2013, 11:20 PM EDT

Loads of Companies Are Violating Children's Privacy Requesting more time to comply

Children’s privacy is so sensitive that all it took for kids game Mobbles to pre-emptively pull its app last December was a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission by…

April 14, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT

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