FTC officials said that these companies had used hacked email accounts to send spam emails that looked as though they were from consumers’ families and friends. In addition to the illegal mailing practices, the agency had stated that the companies made false weight loss claims and used phony celebrity endorsements to lure in millions of consumers.
A new form of click bait, dubbed “fake ads,” is popping up on social media. The posts typically promote new vehicles, but use either edited or deceptive photos, Automotive News reports. In most cases, these pictures include concept cars, vehicle renderings or an entirely different car than what’s advertised.
Clients frequently ask me, "click-wrapped", "browse-wrapped" -- what do these terms mean? Are they the typical legal mumbo jumbo?
The Washington State House of Representatives passed legislation to protect students who enroll at for-profit colleges or career schools in Washington from deceptive and fraudulent advertising and recruitment claims.
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 Trade Commission order.
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." The suit states the product contains non-natural, synthetic chemical ingredients, including phenoxyethanol, that can depress the central nervous system and may cause vomiting and diarrhea in infants.
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 Airlines caught in the dodgy airline tactic known as “drip pricing” – when an advertised price becomes unavoidably higher with extra fees as you progress further into an online transaction.
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.