FTC

Cybersecurity

Court Rules FTC Can Come After Your Company After a Cyber Attack

in a closely watched ruling, an appeals court says victims of hackers have liability for unfair-practices claims.
Crowdfunding

In Landmark Move, FTC Takes Action Against Kickstarter Campaign Fraud

A project creator was charged with using 'unfair or deceptive acts' to raise more than $120,000 on the crowdfunding platform, which he allegedly spent on personal expenses.
Advertising

Groups Urge FTC to Investigate YouTube Kids Video App

The groups are concerned that the app disregards long-established safeguards limiting advertising to young audiences.
Fraud

Snuggie Maker Wrapped Up in Not-So-Cozy Advertising Fraud Charges

Turns out Allstar's 'buy one, get one free' ad hook was allegedly cloaked in trickery. Now the as-seen-on-TV giant is forking over $8 million to settle charges that it hoodwinked customers.
Health

FTC Fines Two Health Apps That 'Lack Adequate Evidence to Support Their Claims'

Both apps said they could diagnose melanoma via simple smartphone snapshots.
Legal

FTC Takes No Action Against Yelp Following Year-Long Investigation Into Review System

Despite outcry from small-business owners, this marks the second inquiry by the FTC that has resulted in no further action, according to Yelp.
Privacy Concerns

U.S. FTC Asking Apple About Health Data Protection

The commission is seeking assurances from Apple that it will prevent people's private health data from being used without their consent.
Google

Kids Under 13 Could Soon Get Their Own Gmail, YouTube Accounts (As If They Didn't Have Them Already…)

Kids already use Gmail and they're obsessed with YouTube. Now Google wants to make it legit, as in legal.
Amazon

FTC Sues Amazon Over Kids' Unauthorized In-App Purchases

The Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint today arguing that the ecommerce giant allowed children to rack up charges on their parents' accounts without consent.
McDonald's

Franchisees in Puerto Rico Claim McDonald's Broke FTC Rule

In letting McDonald's biggest franchisee open up shops in Puerto Rico, local franchisees say the fast-food giant violated FTC rules.
Legal

Snapchat's Legal Woes to 'Disappear' After Reaching Settlement With the FTC

While Snapchat's snaps don't necessarily disappear as advertised, the company is also facing heat about the deceptive way in which it unknowingly culled user data.
Growth Strategies

FTC Orders Apple to Pay a Minimum of $32.5 Million Over In-App Purchases

The tech company agreed to refund parents whose children made in-app purchases without their knowledge.
Technology

The FTC Recommends Sweeping Investigation of Patent Trolls

Edith Ramirez, chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, intends to launch a comprehensive inquiry into patent-assertion entities.
Starting a Business

Lawmakers Seek FTC Scrutiny of Google's Search Results

Even wonder why Google's own products and services appear at the top of search results? See how that could change if lawmakers get their way.
Technology

Q&A: New Fraud and Identity Theft Rules

Are your customers safe from online scamsters? How to comply with the FTC's new 'Red Flags' program.