FTC Sues Companies That Touted Get-Rich-Quick Scheme On Facebook

Digital Altitude and the other companies typically ran ads promising people that they could earn six figures in 90 days. The companies also posted testimonials from people who supposedly made money with the program, according to the FTC.

Minneapolis marketing agency to pay $2 million to settle complaint on deceptive ads

A Minneapolis advertising agency agreed to pay $2 million to the Federal Trade Commission and Maine’s attorney general office to settle a lawsuit in which it was accused of producing deceptive radio ads for weight-loss products.

NY sues fentanyl drug maker for $75M

The law suit argues that while Subsys was approved by the Food and Drug Administration  to treat severe cancer-related pain, Insys marketed it for a much wider use, covering a broader set of patients.

Does Checking In Mean You Check Your Privacy at the Door?

You might think that a "Do Not Disturb" sign on your hotel or motel room doorknob guarantees that you'll be left alone. But since a gunman on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas reportedly hung such a sign on his door for three days in October 2017 before opening fire on a music festival and killing 58 people, some hospitality chains are altering their practices.

Organic Consumers Association Files New Roundup Lawsuit Against Bigelow Tea

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) recently filed a deceptive advertising lawsuit against tea-maker R. C. Bigelow, Inc. It claims that Bigelow should be held liable for “deceptive labeling, marketing, and sale of tea products” that they represent as “all natural” or environmentally friendly, because the teas actually contain glyphosate residue, the main herbicide in Roundup weed killer.

A watchdog group says Gillette’s “Boston made” ad campaign is deceptive

The company, in both commercials and on social media posts, highlighted its Boston headquarters, alluding to the fact that its products are made there. The problem is, Gillette’s products are not predominately made in the United States.

Vtech settles FTC lawsuit over children’s data privacy

Two years ago, kids electronics maker Vtech suffered a data breach that exposed the personal info of five million customers (over half of whom were not adults). Vtech has agreed to pay a $650,000 fine as part of a settlement with the FTC.

Marketers Barred from Making Deceptive Claims about Products Ability to Mitigate Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

CellMark Biopharma, LLC and its CEO have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they made false or unsupported claims regarding two health products they marketed as effective treatments for cancer patients’ malnutrition and “chemo fog,” or treatment-related cognitive dysfunction.

Ancestry Made Its Privacy Policy More Transparent, but It Still Claims to Own Your DNA

AncestryDNA, owned by the company behind family-tree website Ancestry.com, has taken at least one step toward making its policies more transparent. The company’s privacy policy and terms of use agreements have been updated so that they are actually easy to understand for anyone with a basic command of English.

Why Data Privacy Matters Even More in an IoT World

When accessing a new app or service, most of us just click and go when we come to the “Terms of Service” section. Many tech users are familiar with the basics of ToS agreements, so we figure most are standard. As the old adage goes, “The devil is in the details.”