All the Ways Your Smartphone and Its Apps Can Track You

The little pocket supercomputers we all constantly carry around with us aren’t just supplying us with useful information, they’re also collecting a host of data on us and our habits, all of the time.

Group Files FTC Complaint Against HSUS

The Center for Consumer Freedom filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission regarding the Humane Society of the U.S. The non-profit CCF says the Humane Society is responsible for a deceptive advertising campaign.

Got a toy that can spy? Here’s how to know and what to do

The FBI, which said earlier this year that toys connected to the internet could be a target for crooks who may listen in on conversations or use them to steal a child's personal information.

CommInsure pays out for misleading advertising

An ASIC investigation into the advertising for two life insurance policies issued by CommInsure has found the material included “deceptive statements”, prompting the company to pay to a consumer advice service.

Native advertising grows up fast, shedding its rogue image

It was five years ago next month, soon after native advertising had burst on the digital scene, that the Federal Trade Commission took note and convened a hearing on whether the genre was deceptive, regularly disguised as real journalism content.

Supplement Companies Actually Claim Their Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs Can Help Reduce Opioid-withdrawal Symptoms

Experts say, and the FTC agrees, that the supplements make no difference in relieving opioid withdrawal. “There’s no credible evidence that dietary supplements can help with the prevention of opioid addiction, detoxification, or relapse prevention and  recovery,” says Bachaar Arnaout, an addiction psychiatrist and assistant professor at the Yale School of Medicine.

Court calls dodgy science publisher ‘deceptive,’ issues injunction

BUSTED: “The FTC also alleges that, to promote their scientific conferences, the defendants deceptively use the names of prominent researchers as conference presenters, when in fact many of those researchers had not agreed to participate in the events.”

Apple is sharing your face with apps. That’s a new privacy worry.

Now that a phone can scan your mug, what else might apps want to do with it? They could track your expressions to judge if you’re depressed. They could guess your gender, race and even sexuality. They might combine your face with other data to observe you in stores—or walking down the street.

Sears Petitions to Change Its 8-Year-Old FTC Privacy Settlement Order

Sears has petitioned the FTC to reopen and modify the settlement to which they agreed in 2009.  At that time, Sears agreed to a consent order to resolve the FTC’s complaint that Sears allegedly did not adequately disclose the scope of its collection of “online browsing” data collected from users of Sears’ desktop software application. 

Google looks to tackle intrusive in-app advertising with new guidelines

Google’s new Lockscreen Monetization policy prohibits app developers from showing advertisements or other such features on the smartphone’s lockscreen, unless it is a launcher or lockscreen app. It says, “Ads must only be displayed within the app serving them.”