03/06/2014, Apple was criticized by the Federal Trade Commission for its in-app purchase policies, a complaint was lodged against Cupertino after many cases were reported in which kids had made thousands of dollars worth of in-app purchases without their parents even knowing. Apple’s policies were called into question, and the company chose to settle the complaint with the FTC. It was given until March 31st to make changes to the App […]
01/16/2014, In-app purchases are fine if you know what you’re doing and what you’re buying. However children might not necessarily know that they are spending money, or might not think that purchasing something at $0.99 100 times will amount to a lot of money, which is why Apple was recently ordered by the FTC to reimburse parents whose kids made accidental in-app purchases, with the refund expected to sit at a […]
01/15/2014, In-app purchases are a great way for developers to make money out of their apps, which only bring in money when they’re purchased. Some developers offer apps for free but limit functionality, requiring users to pay to unlock more features. Now adults might be able to pace themselves when it comes to in-app purchases, kids generally aren’t so responsible. Quite a few cases have been reported in the past when […]
07/18/2013, Henry Nolan Kelly, an “internet marketer” sent over 20 million text messages to U.S. consumers, telling them how they could receive a free iPhone and iPad. Several complaints were filed against him with the Federal Trade Commission, which has now fined him $60,950 for running a large text message based scam. Kelly included links in his texts that would require personal information or journey through an “elaborate process” that would […]
12/19/2012, New times require new rules. That is why the Federal Trade Commission is updating its decade-old rule surrounding children’s online privacy. This time, the FTC wants to include social networks and smartphone apps. The report comes after a complaint was made by the Center for Digital Democracy to ban Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob Diner Dash from Apple’s App Store for collecting email addresses from its very young players.
11/16/2012, Saying that Google is a big company might seem like an understatement – after all they own Android, one of the most popular smartphone platforms in the market at the moment, YouTube, Gmail, Google+ and let’s not forget their core competency, a search engine which is so popular that it has been used as a verb in everyday conversation. But could it be that Google is becoming too big and […]
11/02/2012, It seems rather ironic that after Apple had offered to pay Motorola $1 for every iPhone to license Motorola’s standard-essential patents, that some of the FTC’s staff have suggested that the agency’s commissioners should sue Google over their abuse of standard-essential patents. Apparently the staff believe that Google and their recently acquired subsidiary, Motorola, have violated antitrust laws by trying to prevent their competitors from accessing said patents. In particular […]
10/22/2012, It’s not new that Facial Recognition does work: London had built an extensive security apparatus around that in recent years. There is also no question that the technology itself has become very reliable, but what’s new is that it has made its way to consumer products and service at a rate never seen before. Recently, Facebook has added facial recognition to automatically “tag” photos, which created more notifications, which ultimately […]
10/03/2012, The FTC today froze the assets of 14 companies involved in a long-term scam. These companies, usually based in India, cold-called up English-speaking consumers posing as a representative of a major tech company, such as Microsoft, Symantec (makers of Norton Antivirus), and Dell. Using the credibility that they stole posing as representatives of a tech company, they told the marks that their PCs (usually Windows) were infected with nasty malware. […]
09/26/2012, Earlier today, we noted an FTC settlement which shows that seven rent-to-own business sold PCs with installed spyware that secretly collect consumer information. The software is designed by a possibly-defunct company called DesignerWare, and the FTC estimates that over 420,000 computers had included a utility called “Rental Agent,” which included a feature called “Detective Mode,” which not only included a keylogger but the ability to access the computer’s webcam. Creepy. This […]
07/10/2012, Google has been in hot soup before due to issues of privacy, but its latest run in with the law seems to be pretty severe. A number of months ago, the search engine juggernaut was reportedly circumventing users’ privacy settings in Apple’s Safari web browsers by illegally sneaking cookies onto users’ computers. While these cookies gave users Google’s +1 button to recommend sites, it also allowed cookies from Google’s ad […]
05/07/2012, For those unfamiliar, back in February according to Stanford researcher Jonathan Mayer, it was discovered that Google was “planting” cookies on Apple’s Safari browser and ultimately bypassed some of Apple’s software privacy settings. While not malicious in nature, it basically allowed Google to create targeted advertising at Safari users on laptops, computers, iPhones and iPads which basically surmounted to deception. Google claims that they did not anticipate that this would happen […]
08/16/2011, The collection of user data is a sensitive issue as it raises all sorts of questions regarding privacy. It can be as innocent as requesting for an email address and right down to questionable when collecting and storing a user’s location without their knowledge. The FTC has recently slapped W3 Innovations with a $50,000 fine for the collection of data of children from their apps without their knowledge.