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FTC Child Online Privacy Laws expand to Social Networks and Apps galore

FTC Child Online Privacy Laws expand to Social Networks and Apps galore

Back in 1998, Congress passed the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, and just this week they're updating it for the first time to expand and keep up with the massive amount of changes that have occurred between then and now. The new set of rules comes down after weeks (and months and years) of deliberation and lobbying and generally have to do with kid-specific apps as well as general social networking environments of all kinds collecting photos, videos, and the tracking of children in many ways. These rules are a slight departure, it would seem, from an earlier set of proposals from August of this year which included more strict regulation on "plug-ins" like the Facebook "like" button.

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FTC’s investigation into Google likely pushed into 2013, sources say

FTC’s investigation into Google likely pushed into 2013, sources say

Google has been on the FTC's radar for quite some time now, with the agency looking into multiple areas of the company. One of the investigations concerns Google's search practices, with claims that it is unfairly skewing search results in its favor to the detriment of its competition. The FTC has been looking into the matter, with reports surfacing not too long ago that it would be settling the issue with Google by the end of the year. Originally, the matter was to be settled by the end of the month, but now it looks like that may get pushed into early 2013.

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Google enrages rivals with rumored FTC antitrust escape plan

Google enrages rivals with rumored FTC antitrust escape plan

Google is near a US antitrust settlement which would see the search giant escape without penalty or punishment, insiders claim, conceding greater transparency and agreeing not to scrape content for its index. The deal would give advertisers the tools to compare Google advertising campaigns with how those run through other search sites performed, two sources close to the matter tell Bloomberg, in addition to including written assurances from Google that it would not copy the content of other sites without their prior permission.

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Google and FTC close to settling patent case, sources say

Google and FTC close to settling patent case, sources say

Google has been dealing with the FTC quite a bit this year concerning multiple issues, one of which is patents. According to the FTC, Google breached antitrust law by trying to prevent competitors from using certain essential tech patents that it owns. Now it seems the tech company and the government agency are close to settling the matter, according to three sources who are "familiar with the matter."

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Mobbles wobbles: Kid game developer pulls app after FTC privacy row

Mobbles wobbles: Kid game developer pulls app after FTC privacy row

Kids' game maker Mobbles has pulled its mobile titles in a preemptive defense against FTC investigation, having been unofficially informed that its software is among 200 titles accused of storing information on child players without parental approval. The FTC confirmed it would begin a probe into kid apps on Monday, but did not specifically name the titles it would be looking at. "We have elected to take our app temporarily offline in order to focus on [privacy] objectives and ways that we can continue to improve on all fronts" Mobbles said in a statement on its site today, claiming not to have yet been approached by the FTC regarding online privacy complaints.

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FTC investigating app developers for suspected child privacy violations

FTC investigating app developers for suspected child privacy violations

For a lot of parents, having a selection of apps made specifically for children on hand is a godsend, as they give children something safe and perhaps educational to occupy their time with. We're finding out today that some of these apps may not be safe as some think though, with the FTC now launching an investigation of a number of developers who make apps geared toward kids. The investigation is based on an FTC report that says app developers aren't taking the security of children as seriously as they should.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 20, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 20, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday evening everyone! Today we found out that shipping times for the iPhone 5 have gone down to two weeks, which should be good news for those who have been waiting to get their hands on one. HP announced that Autonomy's "serious accounting improprieties" have left it with a whopping $8.8 billion bill, while afterward insiders were saying that HP never wanted to close on the Autonomy deal in the first place.

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FTC may not have enough evidence to hit Google with antitrust charges

FTC may not have enough evidence to hit Google with antitrust charges

A couple weeks back, we heard the FTC may be close to making a decision on whether or not it wants to take Google to court over claims of anti-competitive behavior. If a new report from Bloomberg is to be believed, however, the FTC may have a problem actually hitting Google with antitrust charges due to a lack of evidence. If that's true, then Google may just be able to get out of this whole thing without ending up in court.

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FTC may be close to decision in Google antitrust review

FTC may be close to decision in Google antitrust review

It may not be long before Google finds itself being taken to court by the FTC, as new reports are claiming that the FTC is nearing a decision about whether or not it wants to hit Google with a lawsuit. Mercury News claims that a decision could come before the end of the year, and if the FTC decides that it want to take Google to trial, it could mean bad things for the search giant. Specifically, Google could be forced to part with some of its services, either being forced by the FTC to shut them down or sell them off.

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