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Apple questioned by FTC over HealthKit data

Apple questioned by FTC over HealthKit data

Apple’s HealthKit may be ahead of the curve when it comes to platforms and data gathering from multiple sources, and the FTC wants to know how Apple will handle the data we give up. According to Reuters, Apple has been approached by the FTC in a fact-finding mission to discover how our health-related data will be used. More importantly, the FTC wants to know the data is secure, and won’t be sold to any third-parties along the way.

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FTC sues AT&T over throttling of unlimited plans

FTC sues AT&T over throttling of unlimited plans

Data throttling is nothing to overlook, especially for consumers. The FTC and FCC aren’t overlooking it either, with Verizon having fallen under their watchful gaze earlier this year. Now, the FTC has formally sued AT&T, claiming they deceptively throttled customers data. According to the lawsuit, AT&T throttled at least 3.5 million unique customers over 25 million times. In some cases, the FTC says data transfer speed was throttled by up to 90%! Even more concerning is that these throttling issues affect those on AT&T unlimited plans.

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AT&T settles with FTC on $105 million fine

AT&T settles with FTC on $105 million fine

AT&T and the FTC have settled an ongoing spat about customer billing. The dust-up surrounds add-ons customers may have found on their bill for custom ringtones and the like. Though those goods were purchased from third-parties, and added on the bill to streamline payments, many customers took issue with the practice, and felt the charges were either egregious or just plain wrong. Now that AT&T — like T-Mobile and Apple before them — has settled with the FTC, it cleans up an unfortunate mess.

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T-Mobile CEO blasts FTC; Goes “double-down” on SMS outreach

T-Mobile CEO blasts FTC; Goes “double-down” on SMS outreach

T-Mobile CEO John Legere has waded into the FTC furore over premium text message fees, accusing the commission of political posturing, and announcing a boost to the carrier's proactive refund program. Allegations of charge-stuffing surfaced earlier this week, with T-Mobile accused by the FTC of "masking" outrageous fees for premium services as well as shirking its responsibilities for refunds.

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Snapchat settles FTC suit, admits guilt about security issues

Snapchat settles FTC suit, admits guilt about security issues

Snapchat, the messaging service promising disappearing messages, has settled a complaint with the FTC. The complaint involved several inconsistencies the FCC said were occurring within Snapchat’s service, running the gamut from the message service itself to the nature of information gathering Snapchat said it wasn’t doing. The settlement closes a chapter in the Snapchat saga, but opens up a can of worms.

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Lax Android in-app purchase rules could get Google Play FTC attention [Updated]

Lax Android in-app purchase rules could get Google Play FTC attention [Updated]

Google has been been criticized for having just the sort of lax in-app purchase policies in the Google Play store that Apple will pay out a hefty $32.5m to settle over, after parents complained their children were free to rack up sizable App Store downloads. Apple's settlement - grudgingly agreed by CEO Tim Cook - came following complaints that iOS users were able to buy in-app purchases with no password required in the fifteen minute period following a download, a window of opportunity some children exploited. However, Consumer Reports discovered, the Google Play store offers an even bigger window than that.

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