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  • Attention whitehats, The FTC wants you to lead new privacy, security push

    The FTC’s PrivacyCon will include brief privacy and security research presentations, along with expert panel discussions on the latest privacy and security challenges facing consumers. Whitehat researchers and academics will discuss the latest security vulnerabilities, explain how they can be exploited to harm consumers, and highlight research affecting consumer privacy and data security.

    Written by Michael Cooney28 Aug. 15 19:16
  • FTC targets group that sends out millions of robocalls a day

    Given the amount of time the FTC and others have put into curing the robocall problem, it is disheartening to hear that a group of companies for almost a year have been making billions of illegal robocalls.

    Written by Michael Cooney05 March 15 04:14
  • Now the FTC has its say on hotel Wi-Fi

    First the FCC slapped Marriott International with a $600K fine for Wi-Fi blocking and issued a follow-up enforcement warning to the masses. Now the FTC has issued a hotel Wi-Fi warning of its own.

    Written by Bob Brown05 Feb. 15 07:18
  • FTC: IRS imposter complaints up more than 2,300% in 2014

    The scams that plague the IRS were on display again this week as the Federal Trade Commission said the number of consumer complaints about criminals impersonating IRS officials was nearly 24 times more than in 2013.

    Written by Michael Cooney27 Jan. 15 06:19
  • Security Experts React to President's Cybersecurity Proposals

    Information security experts today praised the attention U.S. President Barack Obama is lavishing on cybersecurity, but have some concerns about how proposed legislation will be implemented and enforced while others say the proposals don't go far enough.

    Written by Thor Olavsrud14 Jan. 15 06:47
  • FTC taking robocall death hunt to DEFCON

    The Federal Trade Commission is taking its fight against robocallers to the upcoming DEFCON by challenging attendees of the conference to build the ultimate "honeypot" that would lure in and identify illegal phone spammers.

    Written by Michael Cooney18 June 14 03:42
  • Inside the Shadowy World of Data Brokers

    Data brokers operate in the shadows of the Internet. Most consumers are unaware or unsure how to put restrictions of their activity. In fact, one U.S. senator called these companies and their practices 'the dark underside of American life.'

    Written by Matt Kapko27 March 14 14:06
  • FTC dumps on scammers who blasted millions of text messages

    The Federal Trade Commission today said it has filed eight court cases to stop companies who have sent over 180 million illegal or deceptive text messages to all manner of mobile users in the past year.

    Written by Michael Cooney07 March 13 18:13
  • FTC Online Privacy Protection Campaign Kicks Into High Gear

    As the Federal Trade Commission settles with a company involving allegations of a massive data breach that exposed medical records, it continues its work evaluating privacy practices of businesses in the Internet age.

    Written by Kenneth Corbin28 Jan. 13 21:52
  • Big Data Brings Big Privacy Concerns

    Wary of privacy implications of massive data collection systems, the Senate Commerce Committee plans to continue a probe of the industry, coinciding with a separate inquiry underway at the Federal Trade Commission.

    Written by Kenneth Corbin24 Jan. 13 15:35
  • FTC won't oppose Google's acquisition of AdMob

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission won't block Google's US$750 million acquisition of mobile advertising vendor AdMob because the deal isn't likely to harm competition in the emerging mobile advertising market, the agency said Friday.

    Written by Grant Gross25 May 10 03:22
  • US lawmakers ask for FTC investigation of Google Buzz

    Eleven U.S. lawmakers have asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google's launch of its Buzz social-networking product for breaches of consumer privacy.

    Written by Grant Gross30 March 10 06:43