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The FTC Wants To Break Up Facebook, WhatsApp, And Instagram
It is no secret that Facebook is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, social media platform at the moment. Facebook plays home to a billion users, and it also owns other popular platforms like WhatsApp and Instagram. Now it seems that the FTC is feeling that maybe Facebook has too much of a monopoly on social media, and wants to break them up.

FTC Warns Of New Robocall Scam Targeting Apple And Amazon Users
Phishing attacks and scam calls aren’t new, but given that scammers are trying all kinds of ways to sound more convincing than ever, it’s not surprising that people still fall for them these days even though such scams are well-documented. That being said, it seems that a new robocall scam is making its rounds, this time seemingly targeting Apple and Amazon users.

FTC Sends Out $1.7 Million In Refunds To Support Scam Victims
We’ve all probably received a scam call or two in our lives. Sometimes they can be very convincing where they know just enough about us to make it a believable call. Unsurprisingly, there are people out there who fall for such scams, and one of those scams is the fake tech support call scam.

Senators Ask The FTC To Investigate How Social Networks Curate Their Content
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.

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Facebook Hit With $5 Billion Fine Over Cambridge Analytica Scandal
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.

Facebook May Be Fined Up To $5 Billion By FTC
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.

Bogus Virus Scans Cost Office Depot $25 Million
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.

Four Robocalling Companies Get Multimillion Dollar Fines From FTC
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.

ISPs Told To Reveal Information They Collect On Users
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 […]

Popular Music App TikTok Hit With $5.7 Million Fine Over Privacy Violations
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.

FTC Resolves Its First Ever Case On Fake Amazon Reviews
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.

FTC Will Hold A 'Public Workshop' On Loot Boxes
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 Could Be Hit With Multibillion Dollar Fine By The FTC
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.

A New Netflix Phishing Scam Is Making Its Rounds
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.

FTC Agrees To Investigate Loot Boxes In Gaming
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.

Nintendo Also Updates Warranty After FTC Warning
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 […]

Sony Updates Warranty Policies Following FTC 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.

FTC Warns Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo Over Illegal Warranty Stickers
Last month we reported that the FTC had announced that those “warranty if removed” stickers you sometimes find on gadgets are actually illegal. This isn’t based on a new ruling or recently passed law, but rather it is based on the 1975 Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act that the FTC is just reminding companies about.

Blu Settles With FTC On Misleading Privacy Claims
Some of you might remember that Blu, a company known for its mid-range smartphones, was accused of providing a Chinese device management firm by the name of Adups unfettered access to personally identifiable user data. Blu then said that it had taken adequate steps to ensure user privacy but the Federal Trade Commission had complaint alleging that Blu had made misleading privacy claims. Blu has now settled the matter with […]

Facebook Data Scandal Now Being Investigated By The FTC
Facebook has been ensnared in a data privacy scandal after it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica had improperly harvested data on the social network’s users. While Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg have since apologized and promised to do more in order to prevent something like this from happening again, the legal and regulatory problems are only just starting. Amid reports that the FTC might step in, it has now […]