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...

The FTC Isn’t Kidding About Instagram Ads

The FTC reviewed hundreds of celebrity Instagram photos and sent warning letters to more than 90 Instagram users. The commission has discussed its standards for advertising on social media before, but has not directly confronted the celebrities named in complaints until now.

What’s New With LinkedIn’s Updated Privacy Policy

LinkedIn recently announced that they are updating their updated Terms of Service which includes the Privacy Policy and User Agreement. LinkedIn will shorten and reorganize its Privacy Policy to make it even clearer and easier for LinkedIn members to understand.

Amazon’s ‘Echo Look’ Could Snoop a Lot More Than Just Your Clothes

Amazon envisions the Echo Look as a way to get fashion advice. Command it to take a photo of you, repeat across various clothing options, and get a recommendation of what you should wear. Along the way, Amazon will also suggest clothing you might want to buy... and potentially more.