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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 Puts the Brakes on Deceptive Car Dealer Ads in Broad Enforcement Sweep Sellers buried real prices and terms in the fine print

Local car ads have never been known for their subtlety. But screaming salespeople and crappy graphics don't give dealers permission to bury onerous terms in the fine print. Ten car…

January 9, 2014, 1:26 PM EST

FTC Puts Media on Notice Over Deceptive Weight-Loss Ads 'Gut Check' targets major outlets

The Federal Trade Commission has put the advertising media on notice, launching a program called “gut check” to enlist them to spot bogus claims and reject deceptive weight-loss ads. The new…

January 7, 2014, 12:06 PM EST

Sprinkle, Eat and Pay Up Big Time: Sensa Sheds $26.5 Million to Settle FTC Charges Sensa is 1 of 4 fad diet products swept up in FTC enforcement sting

Sensa, the heavily advertised weight-loss product that promised dieters all they needed to do to was “sprinkle, eat and lose weight” will pay a hefty $26.5 million to settle charges…

January 7, 2014, 11:00 AM EST

Time Warner Cable Slapped With $1.9 Million Penalty for Violating Pricing Rule FTC says company failed to provide proper notice for more than two years

Time Warner Cable will pay a $1.9 million civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it violated the risk-based pricing rule. The FTC rule requires creditor companies to give…

December 19, 2013, 5:15 PM EST

FTC Takes Dim View of Flashlight App That Shared Users' Location Data Without Permission One of the most popular Android downloads

The Federal Trade Commission took a dim view of one of the most popular mobile apps after discovering the Brightest Flashlight Free app deceived consumers by sharing their location information…

December 5, 2013, 1:04 PM EST

Native Ad Workshop Leaves FTC Perplexed Next enforcement steps unclear

A day-long examination of native advertising left regulators with no clear direction about how to police what has become digital media's hottest ad format. The Federal Trade Commission, which organized the…

December 4, 2013, 9:09 PM EST

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…

September 30, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

FTC Continues Crackdown on Auto Ads

Too good-to-be-true auto dealer ads drove the Federal Trade Commission to action, charging two dealers in Maryland and Ohio with falsely advertising the cost or discounts for vehicles. The FTC charged…

September 3, 2013, 12:38 PM EDT

FTC's Privacy Guru Named Head of Bureau of Consumer Protection Appointment signals privacy will continue to be a commission priority

Jessica Rich, a 20-year Federal Trade Commission career attorney and expert in privacy, data and identity protection, and new technologies was named the new director of the agency's bureau of…

June 17, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

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