$1.6 Million Settlement by Opioid Maker in Deceptive-Advertising Case

The agreement between Teva Pharmaceuticals, the Santa Clara County Counsel’s Office and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office would head off a civil trial. Teva and four other companies were accused of engaging in deceptive marketing that helped spawn an addiction epidemic.

Popular Apps and Websites That Sell Your Anonymized Data

In the wake of last months discovery that the email decluttering service Unroll.me had been selling anonymized customer data to third parties, we decided to go through the privacy policies of several popular applications and websites to see what they do with users' anonymized data.

How the FTC Dealt with One Firm’s Questionable Biodegradable Plastic Claims

In October 2013, the FTC enforcement staff filed an administrative complaint alleging that ECM's biodegradability representations were false and misleading under federal law. The complaint asserted that ECM's express representation that ECM plastic would completely biodegrade within nine months to five years was unsupported by scientific evidence.

Deceptive Advertising Meets Daytime Drama

Pharmaceutical company Incyte Corporation partners with ABC's daytime drama General Hospital to save central character Anna Devane from a rare and life-threatening type of blood cancer. And Incyte Corporation, just so happens to make the only targeted therapy for fictional Anna’s very real form of cancer...

Twitter Updates Privacy Policy

It should now be a little easier to keep tabs on how Twitter is using your information and which advertisers target you on the platform. In Settings, visit the newly expanded "Your Twitter Data" section (located on the right-side column on desktop) to see which advertisers have included you in their "Tailored Audiences."

Scammers offering fake government grants

The Federal Trade Commission warns scam artists advertise “free grants” in newspaper classifieds or online. They also call victims out of the blue claiming to be from a government agency or some other organization with an official sounding name. The crooks promise money for education, home repairs or unpaid bills.

Three vaping retailers slapped with $175,000 in court fines over misleading advertising

A consumer watchdog has chalked up a win against three e-cigarettes companies, with a court finding they misled customers about toxins in their products.

What you’re really agreeing to when you accept your smart TV’s privacy policy

Reaction to recent controversies involving Vizio and Samsung televisions, for example, have highlighted that while people understand that their televisions have microphones, cameras and tracking software, they don't fully understand how much of this information they've actually agreed to share with companies.

FTC: No Evidence That Herbal Products Alleviate Opiate Withdrawal

The FTC has filed a complaint claiming that Catlin Enterprises Inc. and its CEO George Catlin violated the FTC Act by making unsubstantiated claims that a product called Withdrawal Ease significantly alleviated the symptoms of opiate withdrawal also significantly increased the likelihood of a person overcoming opiate dependency.

Unroll.me backlash shows us exactly what’s wrong with privacy policies

Unroll.me bills itself as a free way to help keep email inboxes under control, in part by making it easy to unsubscribe from marketing lists. But the firm makes its money by gleaning information from users' emailed sales receipts and selling an anonymized version of that information to companies...