Sears Petitions to Change Its 8-Year-Old FTC Privacy Settlement Order

Sears has petitioned the FTC to reopen and modify the settlement to which they agreed in 2009.  At that time, Sears agreed to a consent order to resolve the FTC’s complaint that Sears allegedly did not adequately disclose the scope of its collection of “online browsing” data collected from users of Sears’ desktop software application. 

Google looks to tackle intrusive in-app advertising with new guidelines

Google’s new Lockscreen Monetization policy prohibits app developers from showing advertisements or other such features on the smartphone’s lockscreen, unless it is a launcher or lockscreen app. It says, “Ads must only be displayed within the app serving them.”

iPhone X TrueDepth Camera Data Raises Privacy Concerns

The TrueDepth cameras in Apple's iPhone X bring the power of facial recognition — and the convenience of its phone-unlocking Face ID — to its phones, but some believe the company isn't doing enough to protect the data these tools collect.

Supplement company agrees to pay $800,000 to settle false claims suit

The proposed settlement order imposes a judgment of $3.7 million. If the company pays $800,000 in restitution, it will not have to pay the remaining $2.9 million.

New bill set to tackle ‘fake news’ online

Fianna Fáil TD James Lawless has introduced the Online Advertising and Social Media (Transparency) Bill 2017. It aims to ensure integrity within the online political sphere and tackle the rise of phoney accounts and orchestrated online campaigns on various social media networks.

Medtronic Settles Deceptive Advertising Lawsuit for $12M

State attorneys general in Massachusetts, Oregon, California, Illinois and Washington on Wednesday announced a $12 million multi-state settlement with Medtronic to resolve claims the company deceptively marketed one of its devices known as Infuse.

ROSCA Enforcement Ahead: FTC Settles with AdoreMe for $1.38 Million

With the explosion of subscription business models, consumer complaints have skyrocketed. Thus, subscription businesses have faced increasing regulatory scrutiny and all advertisers that offer products or services that automatically renew should pay close attention.

FTC to Consumers: Dietary Supplements Don’t Treat Diseases

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) reminded consumers that dietary supplements aren’t intended to treat diseases, despite products that promote supplements for various serious conditions including arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and obesity.

FTC Deceptive Advertising Complaint Settled

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says a network of online marketers and the three people behind it have agreed to settle charges they sold more than 40 weight-loss, muscle-building, and wrinkle-reduction products to consumers using unsubstantiated health claims, fake magazine and news sites, bogus celebrity endorsements and phony consumer testimonials.

YouTube’s new profiles for children have privacy experts very concerned

Privacy experts aren’t convinced your child should have his/her own profile at such a young age. “Google seems to be setting up consumer profiles for children that may be going into its vast profiling machinery used for advertising.”