Federal Trade Commission

Teen video app Musical.ly agrees to FTC fine

The operator of a video-sharing app popular with teenagers agreed to pay $5.7 million to settle federal allegations it illegally collected personal information from children. The Federal Trade Commission said the Wednesday penalty against lip-syncing app Musical.ly, now known as TikTok, is the largest ever obtained in a children’s privacy case. The FTC said the … Continue reading Teen video app Musical.ly agrees to FTC fine

NEW YORK | Child experts file FTC complaint against Facebook kids’ app

NEW YORK— Children’s and public health advocacy groups say Facebook’s kid-centric messaging app violates federal law by collecting kids’ personal information without getting verifiable consent from their parents. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and other groups asked the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday to investigate Facebook’s Messenger Kids for violating the Children’s Online Privacy … Continue reading NEW YORK | Child experts file FTC complaint against Facebook kids’ app

WASHINGTON | For-profit colleges have allies now, but complaints persist

WASHINGTON— A lawsuit against Ashford University describes an admissions office with a cutthroat sales culture more akin to a used-car lot than a place of higher learning, peddling “false promises and faulty information” to lure students eligible for federal financial aid. Sound familiar? The allegations in the lawsuit filed by California’s attorney general are strikingly … Continue reading WASHINGTON | For-profit colleges have allies now, but complaints persist

Dream Vacation or Scam Nightmare: Ameritech Financial Shares the FTC’s Advice on How to Avoid Timeshare Fraud

ROHNERT PARK, Calif./ Aug. 20, 2018 (STL.News)– Imagine this: an elderly couple receives a call from a stranger claiming that they won a free “luxury” vacation. The person on the other line sounds professional and seems to know what they are talking about. However, the couple starts to get suspicious when the stranger asks for … Continue reading Dream Vacation or Scam Nightmare: Ameritech Financial Shares the FTC’s Advice on How to Avoid Timeshare Fraud

Privacy group tells FTC Google tracking violated 2011 order

A privacy group said in a letter sent to the Federal Trade Commission on Friday that Google has violated the terms of a 2011 settlement because of practices exposed in an Associated Press report this week. The Electronic Privacy Information Center said in the letter to the FTC that Google’s recording of time-stamped location data … Continue reading Privacy group tells FTC Google tracking violated 2011 order

WASHINGTON  | AP FACT CHECK: Trump overlooks Europe’s role in NASA capsule

WASHINGTON  — One of the star products of President Donald Trump’s Made in America showcase this year, NASA’s Orion crew capsule, will ride through space thanks to Europe. With its four solar-array wings, the European Service Module supplies propulsion, power and the essentials of life for the capsule’s space travels and marks a departure for … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | AP FACT CHECK: Trump overlooks Europe’s role in NASA capsule

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s made-in-US (and Europe) spacecraft

WASHINGTON — One of the star products of President Donald Trump’s Made in America showcase this year, NASA’s Orion crew capsule, will ride through space thanks to Europe. With its four solar-array wings, the European Service Module supplies propulsion, power and the essentials of life for the capsule’s space travels and marks a departure for … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s made-in-US (and Europe) spacecraft

WASHINGTON | FDA warns of fake gov’t warning letters sent to consumers

WASHINGTON — U.S. health authorities are alerting consumers to a new scam involving fake government warning letters sent to people who tried to buy medicines online or over the phone. The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that the fake letters may be part of an extortion scam. However, authorities have not yet documented cases … Continue reading WASHINGTON | FDA warns of fake gov’t warning letters sent to consumers

Statement from NAR General Counsel Katie Johnson Regarding Innovation and Competition in Real Estate Brokerage

WASHINGTON/ April 11, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — Later this year, a 10-year old settlement and consent decree between the National Association of Realtors® and the U.S. Department of Justice mandating how listings are displayed by online brokerages will expire. Prior to that, on June 5, 2018, NAR will have the opportunity to demonstrate the breadth and … Continue reading Statement from NAR General Counsel Katie Johnson Regarding Innovation and Competition in Real Estate Brokerage

Missouri attorney general demands info from Facebook on data

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo/April 2, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley demanded information from Facebook on Monday following allegations that the social media giant mishandled user data. The Republican Senate candidate said his office issued a civil investigative demand, which functions like a subpoena, seeking details on how Facebook collects, shares and protects user … Continue reading Missouri attorney general demands info from Facebook on data

Asian stocks mixed ahead of Fed meeting, Tokyo closed

SEOUL, South Korea /March 20, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —  Asian shares were mixed on Wednesday as some markets erased earlier gains ahead of the Federal Reserve’s first meeting since the appointment of its new chair, Jerome Powell. KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index erased earlier gains to fall 0.1 percent to 31,516.84 after rising more … Continue reading Asian stocks mixed ahead of Fed meeting, Tokyo closed

Indexes inch up but Facebook keeps sinking; Oracle tumbles

NEW YORK /March 20, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — U.S. stock indexes are edging higher Tuesday as energy companies climb with oil prices and banks move up along with interest rates. The market was recovering some of its losses from a day earlier. Other sectors including retailers and industrials are also bouncing back. Facebook is dropping again … Continue reading Indexes inch up but Facebook keeps sinking; Oracle tumbles

FTC Alleges Get-Rich-Quick Scheme Bilked Consumers with Deceptive Claims

Operators claimed consumers could earn big money using “secret codes” WASHINGTON/December 28, 2017 (STL.News) The Federal Trade Commission has charged the operators of a get-rich-quick scheme with deceiving consumers by falsely claiming they could earn big money working from home by using products marketed as “secret codes” that were actually generic software products. In a … Continue reading FTC Alleges Get-Rich-Quick Scheme Bilked Consumers with Deceptive Claims

Senate votes to kill privacy rules guarding your online info

NEW YORK/March 24, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — The Senate voted to kill Obama-era online privacy regulations , a first step toward allowing internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell your browsing habits and other personal information as they expand their own online ad businesses. Those rules, not yet in effect, would have required … Continue reading Senate votes to kill privacy rules guarding your online info