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FTC to IoT makers: make data security a priority

FTC to IoT makers: make data security a priority

The Internet of Things is quickly advancing toward "household name" status, and as adoption of devices using the technology grows, so do concerns about the privacy of those who use them. We've heard stories in the past of IoT devices leaving user data vulnerable, and it is a common story when websites aggregating insecure connected cameras pop up. Now the FTC is stepping in, warning those making the devices that they need to ensure user security is a top priority.

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T-Mobile, FTC settle for $90 mil in ‘cramming’ lawsuit

T-Mobile, FTC settle for $90 mil in ‘cramming’ lawsuit

After calling the claim “unfounded and without merit”, T-Mobile has agreed to settle with the FTC over charges they ‘crammed’ bills with unnecessary and unwarranted charges. At least $90 million will be returned to consumers who can prove T-Mobile charged them for goods or services without merit. The lawsuit stretches back to July, when the FTC said T-Mobile was guilty of “cramming”, a practice of adding charges to a customer’s monthly bill for ringtones and the like.

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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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FTC shuts down Bitcoin mining rig maker Butterfly Labs

FTC shuts down Bitcoin mining rig maker Butterfly Labs

As Bitcoin rose in value and the popularity of cryptocurrencies spiked, companies began cropping up hawking pre-built PCs called mining rigs designed specifically for digital mining. One such company was Butterfly Labs, which was just recently shut down by the FTC over questionable business practices.

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Google agrees to refund millions in unauthorized IAPs

Google agrees to refund millions in unauthorized IAPs

The US Federal Trade Commission has just announced that Google has agreed to settle the complaint brought against it by the agency regarding the unfair and unauthorized billing of mobile subscribers via the dreaded in-app purchases setup. As part of that settlement, Google will be refunding those purchases, which amounts to a minimum of $19 million.

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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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FTC: T-Mobile “crammed” bills with bogus fees, profited [UPDATE]

FTC: T-Mobile “crammed” bills with bogus fees, profited [UPDATE]

Turns out the “Uncarrier" may have been making some unreal money from their customers. A new FTC complaint levies some serious charges, which amount to the carrier bilking their subscribers. The complaint also alleges T-Mobile was taking steps to cover their tracks, and purposefully confusing customers with vague language and extensive paperwork.

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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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Tesla direct-sales bans frowned upon by FTC

Tesla direct-sales bans frowned upon by FTC

In a post today on its website, the FTC has voiced its opposition to state bans on direct car sales, the most notable of which being those that block Tesla's direct-to-consumers Model S sales model. The three directors behind the post go on to compare direct sales to other modern industry changes.

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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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