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UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019

FTC sues Match Group, says it duped people into subscribing

The Federal Trade Commission is suing Match Group for allegedly using notifications about phony profiles to trick consumers into paying for a subscription to dating site Match.com.


Amazon probed by U.S. antitrust officials over marketplace

A team of Federal Trade Commission investigators has begun interviewing small businesses that sell products on Amazon.com to determine whether the e-commerce giant is using its market power to hurt …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 4, 2019

Google to pay $170M to settle allegations YouTube violated kids’ privacy law

Google’s video site YouTube has been fined $170 million to settle allegations it collected children’s personal data without their parents’ consent.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019

Anne McClain responds on Twitter to scrutiny of her access to estranged wife’s bank account from space

A Spokane native and decorated NASA astronaut on Saturday denied allegations she committed identity theft by accessing her estranged wife’s bank account while aboard the International Space Station.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019

Appeals court insulates Qualcomm from FTC’s antitrust win

A federal appeals court is temporarily protecting Qualcomm from an antitrust ruling that would have forced the mobile-device chipmaker to drastically change how it licenses key technology for connecting smartphones …


UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019

Privacy group challenges $5B Facebook settlement

A consumer privacy group has filed a challenge to Facebook’s $5B settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, saying it is not “adequate, reasonable or appropriate” and lets the social media …


Report: Equifax to pay $700 million settlement for 2017 data breach

The Wall Street Journal says Equifax will pay around $700 million to settle with the FTC over a 2017 data breach that exposed some 150 million people’s social security numbers …


U.S. said in late stages of YouTube kids’ video investigation

The Washington Post is reporting that the Federal Trade Commission is in late stages of an investigation into how Google’s YouTube handles children’s videos.


UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019

Report: FTC to lead possible Facebook antitrust probe

Facebook’s stock is plunging following a Wall Street Journal is report that the Federal Trade Commission will lead any antitrust investigation into the company as part of an arrangement that …


UPDATED: Wed., April 24, 2019

Facebook anticipates an FTC privacy fine of up to $5 billion

Facebook said it expects a fine of up to $5 billion from the Federal Trade Commission, which is investigating whether the social network violated its users’ privacy.


UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019

Report: FTC considering oversight of Facebook’s Zuckerberg

Federal regulators are reportedly considering seeking some kind of oversight of Mark Zuckerberg’s leadership of Facebook over the social network giant’s mishandling of users’ personal information.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019

Report: Facebook, FTC discussing ‘multibillion dollar’ fine

A report says Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are negotiating a “multibillion dollar” fine for the social network’s privacy lapses.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018

Sen. Orrin Hatch wants the FTC to investigate Google

A prominent Republican senator on Thursday urged U.S. competition regulators to reopen an investigation into Google and its practices in online search and digital advertising.


Child advocates ask FTC to investigate YouTube

In a complaint filed Monday, child advocates and consumer groups are asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate and impose potentially billions of dollars of penalties on Google for allegedly …


UPDATED: Mon., March 26, 2018

FTC investigating Facebook over privacy practices

The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Facebook’s privacy practices following a week of privacy scandals including allegations a Trump-affiliated political consulting firm got data inappropriately from millions of Facebook users.


Appeals court says FTC can police telecommunications companies

A U.S. appeals court says the Federal Trade Commission can police telecommunications companies like AT&T – a ruling that’s important because another agency is dropping its oversight with repeal of …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017

Federal Trade Commission investigating Equifax breach

The FTC said Thursday that it was opening an investigation into how Equifax got hacked and tens of million Americans’ personal information was either accessed or stolen.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017

Uber settles with FTC over allegations it failed to protect customer data

Uber has agreed to settle accusations by America’s top consumer protection agency that the ride-hailing company failed to protect consumers’ sensitive data, a misstep that allegedly allowed employees to access …


UPDATED: Wed., May 31, 2017

Federal Trade Commission rules Amazon must issue refunds

Amazon has started offering refunds to consumers for unauthorized in-app purchases made between November 2011 and May 2016, the Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday. During that time, children spent more …


UPDATED: Fri., May 26, 2017

Lawmakers seek to restore internet privacy after repealing it

House and Senate lawmakers are hoping to push legislation to replace recently repealed Obama-era internet privacy regulations, a move by the Federal Communications Commission that has led to a tide …


Herbalife to refund $200 million, change practices under FTC settlement

Herbalife Ltd. has agreed to pay $200 million to consumers and change its business practices to settle a two-year federal investigation triggered by allegations from activist investor Bill Ackman.


Herbalife says it’s in advanced talks with FTC, shares soar

Shares of Herbalife surged more than 11 percent in early trading Friday after disclosing that it’s in advanced talks to settle a federal investigation into claims that the company essentially …