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  1. Armenius

    Inside the Game: Unlocking the Consumer Issues Surrounding Loot Boxes

    Over the past few days the Federal Trade Commission has been holding panels with industry representatives and consumer advocates to discuss the issues with loot boxes and potential solutions to consumer concerns. During one panel, several game companies represented by the Entertainment Software...
  2. DooKey

    FTC Crackdown Stops Operations Responsible for Billions of Illegal Robocalls

    I don't know about anybody else but I hate robocalls. It's an epidemic and something needs to be done about them. At least the FTC is starting to crack down and hopefully they can stem the tide in the near future. Robocallers should DIAF. Four separate operations responsible for bombarding...
  3. cageymaru

    TikTok Settles with FTC for $5.7 Million After Violating Child Protection Laws

    TikTok, formerly Musical.ly, has agreed to pay a record $5.7 million fine to settle FTC allegations that it violated the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The company's app illegally collected personal information from children by failing to seek parental consent before allowing...
  4. AlphaAtlas

    FTC Fines Amazon Merchant $12.8 Million for Fake Advertising and Paid Reviews

    Yesterday, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced what it says is "its first case challenging a marketer's use of fake paid reviews on an independent retail website." The FTC claims that Cure Encapsulations, Inc. paid third party reviewers to write and post fake reviews on Amazon, and that...
  5. cageymaru

    FTC to Host Public Workshop on Loot Boxes in Video Games

    According to Variety, the FCC is planning to host a public workshop on the topic of loot boxes in video games later this year. In the letter obtained by Variety, that was sent from commission chairman Joseph Simons to Senator Maggie Hassan, there is no timeline set for a FTC investigation or an...
  6. cageymaru

    Facebook Faces a Multi-Billion Dollar Fine for Its Privacy Practices

    According to a report from the Washington Post, Facebook is negotiating with the FCC over a multi-billion dollar fine for its privacy issues and practices. The fine is expected to be the largest ever levied against a tech company. In 2011, the FTC and Facebook reached a deal to improve the...
  7. AlphaAtlas

    FTC Will Investigate Loot Boxes

    Senator Maggie Hassan asked the US Federal Trade Commission to investigate loot boxes yesterday, and the FTC agreed to do it. The Senator claimed that lootboxes will represent a "$50 billion dollar industry by 2020," and brought up a UK study that correlates loot boxes with "young problem...
  8. cageymaru

    Robocall Firm Is Facing a $37.5 Million Fine from FCC for Spoofing Consumer Numbers

    The FCC has proposed leveraging a $37.5 million fine against Affordable Enterprises of Arizona for making 2.3 million illegally-spoofed telemarketing annoyance calls from numbers belonging to other consumers not affiliated with the company. This is the very first time that the FCC has been able...
  9. R

    FTC Gives 30 Days to Get Rid Of Illegal Warranty Void Stickers

    In a follow up to a story we did last month where the FTC stated that "Warranty Void if Removed" stickers are BS, Motherboard has obtained copies of the letters sent to companies via a FoIA request. The companies that were warned in the letters were Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, Hyundai, HTC, and...
  10. DooKey

    Uber and FTC Reach Agreement on Expanded Settlement for 2016 Data Breach

    Uber and the FTC have agreed on an expanded settlement over the 2016 data breach of millions of customers information. The FTC claims Uber mislead their customers about their privacy and security practices and then hid the 2016 data breach from the FTC. Not a good idea to hide a data breach...
  11. R

    Facebook May Have Violated FTC Privacy Deal

    Expanding on the story we covered yesterday where Cambridge Analytica harvested millions of Facebook profiles, an article from The Washington Post states that Facebook may have violated an FTC decree. The article states that two former federal officials who crafted the consent decree governing...
  12. DooKey

    FTC Fines VTec $650K for Data Breach

    The FTC recently completed their investigation of VTech's 2015 data breach that exposed data on millions of parents and their children. The FTC validated that VTech did break the law and they fined this huge company a whopping $650K. This fine is a simple slap on the wrist and is a perfect...
  13. DooKey

    Robocalls are Booming

    Last year the FTC received 3.4M complaints about robocalls. This year the number has grown to 4.5M complaints. The FTC is sponsoring events that pay cash to those that produce tech that will help identify robocalls. However, nothing to date has managed to stop this process. I don't know...
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