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FTC bans SpyFone and orders company to quit surveillance app business
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FTC bans SpyFone and orders company to quit surveillance app business

Complaints of stalkerware force action
2 Sep 2021
FTC scolds Facebook for citing it in researcher ban
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FTC scolds Facebook for citing it in researcher ban

FTC warns that consent decree doesn't justify banning academics' accounts
6 Aug 2021
Civil rights groups ask the FTC to stop Amazon surveillance
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Policy & legislation

Civil rights groups ask the FTC to stop Amazon surveillance

Ring presents potential facial recognition nightmare, say critics
30 Jul 2021
Big tech critic Lina Khan becomes new FTC chair
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Policy & legislation

Big tech critic Lina Khan becomes new FTC chair

The antitrust researcher was sworn in yesterday, a move welcomed by legislators looking to address big tech’s growing market power
16 Jun 2021
FTC warns companies to use AI responsibly
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FTC warns companies to use AI responsibly

AI bias could run afoul of the FTC Act
21 Apr 2021
FTC launches widespread investigation into tech companies' practices
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Policy & legislation

FTC launches widespread investigation into tech companies' practices

Commission votes 4-1 on a sweeping foray into advertising, privacy, and content moderation
15 Dec 2020
Is this the beginning of the end for Google?
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Policy & legislation

Is this the beginning of the end for Google?

Google faces a major lawsuit for allegedly breaking competition laws, but what effect it will have on the search giant – if any – remains in doubt
6 Dec 2020
FTC may file an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook
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FTC may file an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook

Sources claim the FTC’s probe concerns Facebook’s past acquisitions
16 Sep 2020
FTC cracks down on tech support scams
Security

FTC cracks down on tech support scams

Operation Tech Trap targets long-running support scams
15 May 2017
Vizio fined $2.2m for snooping on smart TV viewers
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Vizio fined $2.2m for snooping on smart TV viewers

The company 'collected and sold millions of users' viewing habits to advertisers'
7 Feb 2017
Google blames search “monopoly” on bug
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Business strategy

Google blames search “monopoly” on bug

Glitch was responsible for Yelp and TripAdvisor getting buried in search results, claims search engine giant
26 Nov 2015
Apple will refund $32.5m to customers
Mobile

Apple will refund $32.5m to customers

Customers whose children inadvertently ran up huge bills with in-app purchases to get money back.
16 Jan 2014
Google's $1.1 bn purchase of Waze to be probed by FTC
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Google's $1.1 bn purchase of Waze to be probed by FTC

Investigation will determine whether Google simply purchased start-up to prevent rivals from acquiring it.
24 Jun 2013
FTC hits social network Path with record $800k fine
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FTC hits social network Path with record $800k fine

$800,000 penalty for data theft and underage sign-ups is highest ever given to app developer.
5 Feb 2013
Google drops key patent claims against Microsoft
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Business strategy

Google drops key patent claims against Microsoft

Search giant axes Motorola Mobility patents from ongoing legal tussle with arch-rival.
10 Jan 2013
Google's FTC pact could affect other patent disputes, it is
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Business strategy

Google's FTC pact could affect other patent disputes, it is

Last week's ruling could have far-reaching consequences for smartphone makers, say analysts.
7 Jan 2013
Google dodges FTC's antitrust bullet
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Google dodges FTC's antitrust bullet

Search giant receives slapped wrist from US regulator following antitrust investigation.
4 Jan 2013
Facebook hit by new share price worries and app developer
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Network & Internet

Facebook hit by new share price worries and app developer

Social network accused of deception as investors brace for share price fall.
14 Aug 2012
Google uncloaks refreshed search
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Google uncloaks refreshed search

The internet giant starts rolling out its fresh search look to mark the start of 2012.
3 Jan 2012
Intel McAfee deal given FTC green light
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Intel McAfee deal given FTC green light

Intel awaits an EU decision on its McAfee deal as the FTC gives the go ahead across the pond.
22 Dec 2010
Timeline: Google Street View scandal
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Timeline: Google Street View scandal

We look back at the Google Street View scandal's history, right up to the ICO investigation's conclusion.
4 Nov 2010
Microsoft launches fraud alert service
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Security

Microsoft launches fraud alert service

Microsoft's new Internet Fraud Alert offering will help bridge the gap between security researchers and companies hit by attacks.
18 Jun 2010
Crime-supporting ISP shut down
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Crime-supporting ISP shut down

The US FTC has shut down a rogue ISP that was helping distribute malicious content, including child pornography.
21 May 2010