Upromise Faces $500,000 Fine for FTC Violations

Upromise membership reward service fined $500,000 for FTC violations By Susan Salisbury Membership reward service called Upromise, aimed at consumers trying to save for college, will pay a $500,000 civil penalty to settle allegations that it violated the terms of a Federal …

Facebook Updates & Data For Surveillance

After a lot of pressure from civil rights organizations, on March 17th, tech giant, Facebook updated their privacy policy to prevent mass surveillance on its platform.

Makers of Huggies Natural Care Wipes Busted for Deceptive Advertising

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that she was harmed and injured from purchasing Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes that were advertised as being “natural,” “gentle,” “hypoallergenic,” and made with the “simplest formula for a gentle clean.”

Terms and conditions: Do you know what you just clicked?

New rules passed by the European Union called the General Data Protection Regulation puts the onus directly on companies and organizations that hold personal data to be fully responsible for protecting it. One of the major changes will be setting full privacy as the default position.

Jetstar and Virgin cough up big money for misleading ‘drip pricing’ techniques

Jetstar and Virgin cough up hundreds of thousands for misleading ‘drip pricing’ techniques By Tom Steinfort It’s the dodgy airline tactic that infuriates so many Australian holidaymakers – but finally it’s Jetstar and Virgin who are being forced to pay the …

Is your personal data ever really private?

The importance of understanding how companies approach personal data is on the rise. Because online identities are always at risk, consumers should take steps to protect themselves, especially when it comes to sensitive data linked to financial accounts or email, cybersecurity experts say.

Some Seriously Big Names Didn’t Comply With Privacy Rules

The non-profit American Automobile Association, beer company Anheuser-Busch and e-commerce company Wayfair failed to comply with ad industry’s privacy code, a unit of the Better Business Bureau said Thursday.

Taser Sues Competitor, Citing Deceptive Advertising

Taser, the manufacturer of the Axon body-worn camera and Taser stun guns, filed a lawsuit Feb. 27 claiming “deceptive advertising and fraudulent concealment of a critical defect” in its LE4 body-worn cameras marketed to law enforcement agencies nationwide, including the “Phoenix Police Department and other Arizona consumers.”

Government Says She Ripped off Millions

A Southwest paralegal with no financial credentials ran companies that defrauded people of nearly $2.4 million with false promises of debt reduction, according to the Florida attorney general’s office and the Federal Trade Commission.

Report: Nearly 40% of Publishers Don’t Comply With FTC’s Native Ad Guidelines

A new study finds that nearly 40% of publishers don’t comply with native advertising guidelines set forth by the Federal Trade Commission.