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FTC Says Vizio Smart TVs Were Spying On Consumers

POSTED: William PinilisFebruary 8, 2017 at 11:30 AM / FTC, Privacy

Electronics maker Vizio has agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle complaints that it monitored consumers’ TV viewing habits without their knowledge or consent.

Why Cell Phones Could Be Next Big Privacy Issue For Consumers

POSTED: William PinilisJanuary 26, 2017 at 11:30 AM / FTC, Privacy

With more and more people forgoing landlines and living cellphone-centered lives, federal officials believe consumers could have a new long-term privacy issue on their hands.

Drug Maker To Pay $100M To Settle FTC Probe On Drug Pricing

POSTED: William PinilisJanuary 20, 2017 at 11:10 AM / FTC

The Federal Trade Commission has announced that pharmaceutical maker Mallinckrodt has agreed to pay $100 million to settle antitrust charges regarding the drug Acthar. The FTC alleges the company, formerly known as Questcor Pharmaceuticals, violated antitrust laws when it acquired the rights to a drug that...

DeVry Agrees To $100M Settlement For Deceptive Advertising Lawsuit

POSTED: William PinilisDecember 19, 2016 at 11:32 AM / Deceptive Advertising, Student Loan Debt, FTC

The Federal Trade Commission has announced that DeVry University has agreed to pay $100 million to settle a lawsuit that accused the for-profit school of misleading students.

Watchdogs Urge FTC To Crackdown On Influencer Marketing Aimed at Kids

POSTED: William PinilisOctober 27, 2016 at 11:45 AM / Consumer News, Deceptive Advertising, FTC

Influencer marketing is the one of the biggest trends in advertising – businesses hiring social media personalities to market products to their huge audiences. Just this past weekend, 60 Minutes reported on the practice, showing that brands such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Cheerios and Jimmy John’s are paying...

Telecom Giants and FCC Teaming Up To Stop Robocalls

POSTED: William PinilisAugust 29, 2016 at 12:07 PM / Consumer News, FTC, Consumer Tips

Each month, the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission receive more than 150,000 complaints from consumers about robocalls – those unsolicited (and frequent) auto­dialed or prerecorded telemarketing calls to landline or cell phones, or unsolicited text messages to wireless numbers. 

Oracle Must Clean Up Its Notoriously Insecure Software

POSTED: William PinilisJanuary 13, 2016 at 1:35 PM / Consumer News, FTC

Oracle is one of the nation's largest tech companies with its software installed on roughly 850 million computers around the world. The company is settling federal charges that it misled consumers about the security of its software.

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