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The FTC just put gaming loot boxes in its sights

The FTC just put gaming loot boxes in its sights

Slowly but surely, governments are beginning to pay attention to the controversy loot boxes have been causing throughout the past year. After a request from a US Senator, the Federal Trade Commission has announced that it will investigate the presence of loot boxes in video games. That means the US will be joining other countries like The Netherlands and Belgium in doing something to address the often predatory nature of these in-game purchases.

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Google search could legally block all Trump news entirely

Google search could legally block all Trump news entirely

Donald Trump was concerned this week that Google suppresses conservative news media in search results. He did so in two Tweets, one of which asked whether this practice was legal. Inside the United States, the FCC effectively ended Net Neutrality in December of 2017. Net Neutrality is not the same as Search Neutrality, and neither the FCC nor the FTC (nor any other government entity) has the legal power to tell Google that it needs to show "fair and balanced" search results - at least where politics are concerned.

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Melania’s “Be Best” document was a copy, too

Melania’s “Be Best” document was a copy, too

Yesterday we told you about a document released by First Lady Melania Trump and the White House about Internet Bullying. Overnight it was revealed that this document wasn't just written in part by the FTC, as we mentioned, but it was almost a carbon copy of a document released by the FTC back in 2014. All that was changed were the icons and the title of the document.

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BLU settles privacy violations probe with FTC, won’t pay a fine

BLU settles privacy violations probe with FTC, won’t pay a fine

Phone maker BLU has struck a settlement with the FTC over the Commission's privacy violations accusation. According to the agency, BLU had a contract with ADUPS Technology Co. to provide software and security updates to its products. However, that contractor allegedly gathered user data and transferred it to the company servers, acquiring "far more information than needed to do its job," according to the FTC.

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FTC: “Warranty Void If Removed” stickers are illegal

FTC: “Warranty Void If Removed” stickers are illegal

The FTC brought out the rule hammer this week in a letter to 6 companies about their stickers. Those stickers you've got on the insides of your smartphone and the outside of your gaming console - the ones you're not supposed to remove. Yeah, those are illegal. This isn't a new ruling by the FTC, it's a warning from the FTC to companies under their jurisdiction that these stickers are not enforceable.

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YouTube hit with FTC complaint over child privacy violations

YouTube hit with FTC complaint over child privacy violations

In no small thanks to Facebook's blunder, tech companies, especially the big ones, have come under increased scrutiny over their handling of user data. Considering how it makes much of its revenue from advertising, Google and its businesses are a prime target for such investigations. A coalition of more than 20 consumer advocacy groups have lodged a complaint at the Federal Trade Commission against YouTube, alleging that the video streaming giant knowingly and willfully collects and profits from tracking kids, all without the consent of their parents or legal guardians.

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Facebook puts a brave face on FTC investigation

Facebook puts a brave face on FTC investigation

According to Facebook, the investigation they face at the hands of the FTC isn't only good, it's welcome. "We remain strongly committed to protecting people’s information," said Rob Sherman, Deputy Chief Privacy Officer for Facebook. "We appreciate the opportunity to answer questions the FTC may have." The FTC investigation into Facebook was confirmed by Tom Paul, Acting Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. The investigation itself is not open to the public.

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Facebook FTC investigation confirmed: Huge fines possible

Facebook FTC investigation confirmed: Huge fines possible

The FTC has opened an investigation into Facebook, the latest chapter of the ongoing privacy saga in which the social network has been roundly criticized for failing to sufficiently protect its users. News of the non-public investigation was confirmed today by Tom Paul, Acting Director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection.

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FTC probes Facebook over possible privacy deal violation

FTC probes Facebook over possible privacy deal violation

Facebook continues to face fallout over the recent Cambridge Analytica revelations and user concern over privacy. The company is now being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), according to sources, over whether it violated a personal user data consent degree from 2011. In a worst-case scenario for the company, the FTC could fine it millions of dollars if it finds that a violation did occur.

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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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