How do websites like Facebook, Google, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter determine topics that are supposedly relevant to you? Presumably, this is based on how you use their websites, where based on your searches, history, browsing habits, and so on, it will surface information that it thinks is most suitable for you.
Last year, Facebook was hit with its biggest scandal of all time when it was revealed that an organization called Cambridge Analytica misused data that Facebook had granted them access to. This resulted in a huge breach of privacy for many of Facebook’s users, which ultimately led to calls to break up the company.
The FTC’s ongoing investigation into Facebook’s privacy practices has already been expected to cost the company a significant amount of money. A multi-billion dollar fine has been expected and there’s now a range in which this fine could fall between. FTC may fine Facebook up to $5 billion as it wraps up its investigating into the company’s data sharing practices following the explosive Cambridge Analytica scandal.
The Federal Trade Commission has fined Office Depot $25 million for bogus virus scans. The company has agreed to pay the fine as part of a settlement with the FTC for allegedly lying to customers so that they would pay for unnecessary tech support. Customers were offered free virus scans and then told that their computers were infected with malware even when they weren’t.
There’s an ongoing debate about increasing the pressure on robocalling companies in order for them to mend their ways. It has become a serious problem in the country as more than 26 billion robocalls were placed in the United States just last year. The FTC has handed out multimillion dollar fines to four robocalling companies and ordered them to cease operations.
The Federal Trade Commission has sent out an order to several big internet service providers in the United States, telling them to detail the data that they collect on their customers and the purpose for which it’s collected. This may signal new regulatory action from the FTC as the information may reveal patterns of abuse or otherwise concerning use of data against which states or the FTC may want to […]
TikTok is one of the more popular social media apps in the market right now. For those unfamiliar, basically it’s a music app where users film themselves lip-syncing, dancing, or acting out to various songs or sound bytes. It has gained massive popularity where the company behind TikTok actually bought out its competitor, Music.ly.
Fake reviews on Amazon are annoying because they present a false view of the product which could end up being a lot worse than what the reviews gave the impression of. Amazon has been working tirelessly against such fake reviews and have been trying to take down websites that advertise fake reviews for sale.
Loot boxes in games have been the subject of some controversy lately and in a bid to improve the public’s knowledge about them, the United States Federal Trade Commission will reportedly be conducting a “public workshop” on the subject of loot boxes later this year.
Facebook has been hit with various privacy scandals over the past year or so, and for the most part the company has managed to escape unscathed. However it looks like their run of luck could be over because in a report from The Washington Post, Facebook could be looking at a multibillion dollar fine from the FTC.
Phishing scams aren’t exactly new, and for the most part a lot of times email services such as Gmail do a good job at hiding them in our spam folders meaning that we’ll never have to look at them. However recently it appears that a new phishing scam targeting Netflix users is making its rounds, so much so that the FTC has issued a warning about it.
Loot boxes have recently come under fire for potentially being a form of gambling. The argument is that because players have no idea what they will get, but yet put real-life money upfront for it, thus in a way it is similar to gambling. Of course not everyone agrees with that assessment, but it hasn’t stopped regulatory bodies around the world from investigating.
The Federal Trade Commission recently issued warnings to multiple companies including Sony and Nintendo reminding them that stickers on their products that claim that the warranty will be void if they are removed are illegal. The FTC had sent them warning letters earlier this month to bring to their notice that their warranties might be in conflict with U.S. law. Sony has already updated its warranty policies following the warning […]
Recently you might have heard that the FTC has actually issued a warning to several companies, reminding them that stickers that claim that warranty is void if they are removed is illegal. One of those companies that was warned by the FTC is Sony and the good news is that the company has been quick to comply with the warnings.