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Data protection service LifeLock settles with FTC for $100m

Data protection service LifeLock settles with FTC for $100m

As we reported this past summer, LifeLock got itself into hot water with the FTC over its alleged failure to protect its customer data. That wasn’t the first time LifeLock ran into trouble, though; before that, it had pulled its LifeLock Wallet mobile apps over concerns that data wasn’t protected as advertised. Even that, though, wasn’t the start of its’ troubles — the company had first gotten on the FTC's bad side back in 2010.

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The FTC just put an EFF board member in charge of explaining tech

The FTC just put an EFF board member in charge of explaining tech

Things at the US Federal Trade Commission could take a sharp turn toward pushing privacy, as the government agency makes a high-profile EFF member its Chief Technologist. Lorrie Cranor, who sits on the board of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), has been named the new Chief Technologist for the FTC, where she will be "primarily responsible for advising Chairwoman Ramirez and the Commission on developing technology and policy matters."

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EFF claims Google spies on students with Chromebooks, Google Apps

EFF claims Google spies on students with Chromebooks, Google Apps

The FCC may have decided not to impose any standard Do Not Track rules on services like Google or Facebook, but that doesn't mean that their tracking activities will remain unfettered, especially from the sanctions of a different government agency. Privacy watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation or EFF has filed a formal complaint against Google with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). It's beef? That Google has been collecting students' private information through devices like Chromebooks and services like Google Apps for Education (GAFE), despite promising not to do so.

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Google facing US antitrust investigation over Android

Google facing US antitrust investigation over Android

According to a new report from Bloomberg, the FTC and US Justice Department are launching an investigation into Google's anti-competitive behavior over Android. Regulators are said to have spoken with several of Google's rivals, discovering that the company limits competitor’s access to the mobile operating system in order favor its own apps and services, including Gmail, Chrome, and Maps. The antitrust investigation will try to determine if Google has created a monopoly that puts rivals at a disadvantage.

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Court: FTC can sue companies for failing to protect customer data

Court: FTC can sue companies for failing to protect customer data

Wyndham Worldwide Corp. must face a case against it from the Federal Trade Commission, a US appeals court has ruled. The case is in regards to Wyndham’s alleged failure to protect its customers’ data. In both 2008 and 2009, Wyndham suffered three cyberattacks that ultimately left in excess of 619,000 card accounts vulnerable. Many consumers were then hit with fraudulent charges after the Russian hackers behind the breach disseminated the stolen information.

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Consumer advocates call out Apple Music on antitrust concerns

Consumer advocates call out Apple Music on antitrust concerns

While Apple has finally settled and moved past the antitrust cases surrounding its ebooks business practices, it like a similar situation is building up against the new Apple Music subscription service. The well-known consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog has published letters to both the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice, asking them to look into Apple's attempts to "dominate the subscription music sector" in violation of antitrust laws.

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FTC: Lifelock failed to protect its customers (again)

FTC: Lifelock failed to protect its customers (again)

In 2014, the Lifelock Wallet iOS and Android apps were pulled due to concerns that they did not, despite being the company’s sole purpose, secure their users’ data adequately. That wasn't the company's first brush with security troubles, however. Back in 2010, the company settled with the FTC and 35 state attorney generals over "deceptive claims", and now the FTC has set its sights on the company again, saying Lifelock has failed to adhere to those settlement terms.

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Android app secretly mines for Dogecoin, FTC not amused

Android app secretly mines for Dogecoin, FTC not amused

When you say your app is free of malware but does exactly the opposite, you aren't just lying, you could also be committing a crime. That is exactly what Prized app developers Equiliv Investments and Ryan Ramminger learned the hard way when they were slapped with an FTC complaint because their app actually used infected smartphones to help the developers mine for cryptocurrency like Dogecoin. The defendants wisely decided to settle out of court, which included a monetary judgment of $50,000, which is no small amount for someone desperately hunting for digital currency.

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FTC makes history: first settlement with failed Kickstarter

FTC makes history: first settlement with failed Kickstarter

Crowdfunding seekers in the US beware! The long arm of the law has finally caught up with the modern idea of seeking money from the masses. The US Federal Trade Commission has just announced that it has reached a settlement with Erik Chevalier, the man behind "The Doom That Came to Atlantic City", a Kickstarter that was successfully funded in 2012 but was announced canceled in 2013. Failing to refund pledges as promised, the FTC took action on consumer's behalf and imposed some almost light sanctions on Chevalier.

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Google reprimanded for YouTube Kids app showing inappropriate content

Google reprimanded for YouTube Kids app showing inappropriate content

Google's recent mobile app, YouTube Kids, a version of the popular video service that curates safe content for young children, has come under fire from two child and consumer advocacy groups claiming that the app is deceiving. The Center for Digital Democracy and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood filed a complaint with the FTC, stating that "the app is rife with videos that would not meet anyone’s definition of 'family friendly.'" The complaint included evidence of video clips that had been found on YouTube Kids that were described as disturbing and/or harmful to young children.

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FTC chides Michigan for banning direct-to-consumer vehicle sales, like Tesla

FTC chides Michigan for banning direct-to-consumer vehicle sales, like Tesla

The FTC has come out defending auto manufacturer's right to direct-to-consumer sales. The regulatory agency claims this is much bigger than Tesla, which has been getting all the press from forgoing dealerships and selling its electic vehicles directly to consumers, aggravating conventional manufacturers. The FTC's latest post is a direct comment on Michigan's new, legislation which has yet to be passed.

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EU gearing up to formally accuse Google of antitrust violations

EU gearing up to formally accuse Google of antitrust violations

European regulators are ready to make a move and pounce on Google, formally accusing the search engine giant of violating European antitrust policies. E.U. regulators have been mulling over this case for a while now, and this new move will the the latest in a public threat to Googles business practices. At the heart of the antitrust case is Google's alleged use of its search engine to direct web users to its own products. Additionally, the E.U. investigation is looking into allegations that Google made it difficult for advertisers to move their ads to other platforms because Google was aggregating content from competitors in its search results.

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