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Pact fitness app settles with FTC over unfair billing accusations

Pact fitness app settles with FTC over unfair billing accusations

Fitness app Pact wants to help users reach fitness goals by using a cash incentive...or at least it says it wants to. The app works by charging users if they don't meet their weekly fitness goals and rewarding them with money if they do meet their goals. Allegations made by the FTC allege that things have worked differently in reality, and Pact will pay $940,000 as a result.

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FTC breaks trend to confirm it is investigating Equifax breach

FTC breaks trend to confirm it is investigating Equifax breach

The FTC has just bucked its own trend, eschewing its tendency to avoid talking about on-going investigations so that it could talk about one investigation in particular: its own probe into the Equifax data breach. The breach is a severe one, potentially affecting approximately 143 million people throughout the US and select other locations.

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Amazon’s $13.7bn Whole Foods buy just got FTC approval

Amazon’s $13.7bn Whole Foods buy just got FTC approval

Amazon's controversial move to acquire Whole Foods Market has been given the go-ahead by the US Federal Trade Commission. The decision was confirmed today by the FTC, with its Acting Director of the Bureau of Competition, Bruce Hoffman, issuing a statement that the Commission would not be beginning an investigation into the deal. The scale of the agreement had led some industry watchers to predict the FTC would weigh in with the idea that a merger could be anti-competitive.

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Uber just agreed to 2-decades of FTC Privacy Audits

Uber just agreed to 2-decades of FTC Privacy Audits

The Federal Trade Commission and Uber announced a settlement today which allows the FTC two decades of privacy and security audits. This announcement is the next step in Uber settling disputes with the FTC - the second settlement they've made this year. In January of this year, Uber agreed to a settlement of $20-million for exaggerating potential earnings in effort to draw in drivers.

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Amazon starts refunding unauthorized purchases made by kids

Amazon starts refunding unauthorized purchases made by kids

It has been years in the making, but parent can finally have some amount of reprieve. Between 2011 and 2016, more than $70 million worth of purchases have been made on Amazon. None of them made by the account owners. Instead, they were unwittingly made by their offspring, leading to an investigation and eventual charges by the FTC. Now the FTC proudly announces that affected customers will be finally be given their due.

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Samsung, Intel lend support to FTC’s Qualcomm lawsuit

Samsung, Intel lend support to FTC’s Qualcomm lawsuit

Chip maker Qualcomm has been having a rough couple of months, not only getting sued by Apple — one of its largest customers — for unfair licensing costs, but also being accused of anti-competitive tactics by the Federal Trade Commission. In the case of the latter, now some of Qualcomm's biggest rivals have chimed in, offering statements to the FTC in support of their monopoly accusations.

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Vizio settles huge TV privacy case after spying on viewers [Updated]

Vizio settles huge TV privacy case after spying on viewers [Updated]

Vizio will pay $2.2m in penalties to settle a huge privacy lawsuit, that alleged its smart TVs tracked millions of viewers and then sold that personal data without permission. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in a joint-complaint filed with the New Jersey Attorney General, Vizio automatically tracked what owners of its connected TV sets were watching, despite not warning viewers that the monitoring was taking place. That information was then sold to advertisers and others for a profit.

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The FTC just sued Qualcomm for being anti-competitive

The FTC just sued Qualcomm for being anti-competitive

Qualcomm has been accused by the Federal Trade Commission of anticompetitive patent tactics, with the FTC filing a federal court complaint alleging the chip maker used nefarious tactics to maintain a monopoly on mobile processors. The case, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California today, argues that Qualcomm used standards-essential patents it holds to demand elevated royalties and other license payments from phone manufacturers. That would contravene the FTC Act.

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AT&T begins refunding 2.7 million customers over bill cramming

AT&T begins refunding 2.7 million customers over bill cramming

If you’re an AT&T mobile customer (or you used to be one), you may see a bill credit in the next couple months or find a check in the mail soon. According to the FTC, AT&T has mailed the first round of checks to former customers refunding some of the money they spent due to the carrier's alleged bill cramming issue. Current AT&T customers -- of which about 2.7 million are affected -- will see their refund in the form of a bill credit within the next 75 days.

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Watchdogs want Google, Disney to stop kid-centric influencer marketing

Watchdogs want Google, Disney to stop kid-centric influencer marketing

Influencer marketing has been an increasingly contentious issue, with the FTC recently calling out deceptive sponsored social media posts as the first part of a crackdown against them. The commission wants to see more transparency with those posts, but is noticeably quiet on a related issue: influencer marketing targeted specifically at children. As a result, three consumer watchdogs have filed a complaint with the FTC, requesting that it do something about the problem.

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FTC sets its sights on sneaky sponsored social media posts

FTC sets its sights on sneaky sponsored social media posts

While some types of sponsored content are easy to spot, that kind of transparency hasn't quite made its way into the social media realm. Tweets, status updates, Instagram photos and more dot the digital landscape with celebrities holding or using products, slyly showcasing notable brands to their thousands or millions of followers. Often times, these posts are advertisements the individual is getting paid to publish...but rarely are the statuses flagged as such.

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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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