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The feds are ramping up for war on bad mobile security

The feds are ramping up for war on bad mobile security

Apple, Google, and a host of other smartphone makers and US carriers have found themselves the subject of a mobile security investigation. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have kicked off a joint inquiry to figure out how smartphones and other devices are kept secure and up-to-date, given the increasing number of hacking attempts and the amount of personal data users now generally carry around in their pockets or purses.

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Sources say FTC is expanding its Android investigation

Sources say FTC is expanding its Android investigation

Sources say the Federal Trade Commission is expanding its investigation into Google and whether it is using Android’s dominance to throw around its own weight. The investigation started in 2015; according to one source, the FTC wants a look at the evidence gathered by European regulators in their own case against Google and Android. Reportedly, FTC personnel have asked two companies for data recently, hinting at an expanded data gathering phase.

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The FTC is suing Volkswagen over its diesel ads

The FTC is suing Volkswagen over its diesel ads

Volkswagen's dieselgate fall-out woes continue, with the news today that yet another US government agency is suing the automaker over its diesel adverts. VW has admitted to fitting a "defeat device" to hundreds of thousands of cars, artificially reducing emissions when the car spotted it was being tested but then pushing out exponentially more nitrogen oxide than regulations permit under normal use.

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FTC warns Android developers about apps that monitor users’ TV habits

FTC warns Android developers about apps that monitor users’ TV habits

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued warnings to a handful of Android app developers using controversial software that could invade users' privacy without their knowledge. Known as "SilverPush," the advertising framework can use an Android device's microphone to listen for television shows in the background, in turn providing third-party advertisers with information on users' viewing habits.

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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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