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FTC-cracks-down-on-comprehensive-data-security-for-Utah-company

FTC cracks down on comprehensive data security for Utah company


Thursday, November 14, 2019 by

A Utah-based technology company has agreed to implement a comprehensive data security program to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that the company failed to put in place reasonable security safeguards, which allowed a hacker to access the personal information of a million consumers. InfoTrax Systems, L.C., provides back-end operation services to multi-leve...


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FTC cracks down on stalking apps


Thursday, October 24, 2019 by

The Federal Trade Commission has barred the developers of three “stalking” apps from selling apps that monitor consumers’ mobile devices unless they take certain steps to ensure the apps will only be used for legitimate purposes. The settlement resolves allegations that these apps compromised the privacy and security of the consumer devices on which th...


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FTC extends comment deadline on COPPA Rule


Tuesday, October 22, 2019 by

The Federal Trade Commission is extending the deadline to submit comments on the effectiveness of the amendments the agency made to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA Rule) in 2013 and whether additional changes are needed. The deadline was originally October 23, 2019; it is now December 9, 2019. The FTC announced that it would accep...


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Match.com gets sued by FTC for using fake love interest ads


Thursday, September 26, 2019 by

This just in from the FTC. The Federal Trade Commission has sued online dating service Match Group, Inc. (Match), the owner of Match.com, Tinder, OkCupid, PlentyOfFish, and other dating sites, alleging that the company used fake love interest advertisements to trick hundreds of thousands of consumers into purchasing paid subscriptions on Match.com. The agency also al...


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CARU refers Musical.ly to FTC


Monday, April 30, 2018 by

The Children’s Advertising Review Unit has referred The Musical.ly Inc., operator of the Musical.ly mobile application, to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), after the company said it would not comply with CARU’s recommendations regarding children’s privacy.CARU is an investigative unit of the advertising industry’s system of self-regulation. CARU monitors websites and...


How-to-protect-IP-communications-from-telecom-fraud

How to protect IP communications from telecom fraud


Thursday, December 28, 2017 by

Software-based IP communications continue to grow in popularity because of the added reliability, reach and control they allow businesses to have over their telecom resources. However, as more developers continue to transfer enterprise communications from legacy telcos to cloud-based service providers, the threat of telecom fraud and cyber-attacks also rise. Accord...


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Creating Apps for Kids What It Means to be COPPA Compliant


Wednesday, January 27, 2016 by

A cute little interface and amazing content is often thought to be the right recipe for a killer app for kids. No doubt these are the main ingredients, but in order to have an app that’ll truly make it in the long run, a developer must be very thoughtful regarding the app’s monetization strategy AND genuine kid-friendliness - not only in interface and content - but also...


Find-the-Sweet-Spot-With-Three-Tips-to-Avoiding-Misleading-Native-Ads

Find the Sweet Spot With Three Tips to Avoiding Misleading Native Ads


Saturday, July 18, 2015 by

One of the most effective types of advertising today is native advertising, in which the advertisement blends in with the form and content around it. Sometimes the ads blend in so well that the reader doesn’t realize (or hardly notices) they are looking at an ad.In 2013, when discussing The Future of Native at The Native Advertising Summit in Atlanta, Patrick Albano, VP...


FTC-Weighs-In-On-its-Activities-in-Relation-to-IoT

FTC Weighs In On its Activities in Relation to IoT


Sunday, March 1, 2015 by

What impact the recent FCC ruling on its regulatory control of the Internet through its net neutrality decision will have on the app development industry varies widely on who you ask. Everyone is going to have an opinion and its going to be an interesting ride.However, maybe just as impactful will be the involvement of the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on...


O-Brother,-Where-Art-Thou-How-New-Laws-Are-Governing-the-Collection-and-Use-of-Geolocation-Information-Inside-Apps

O Brother, Where Art Thou How New Laws Are Governing the Collection and Use of Geolocation Information Inside Apps


Saturday, September 20, 2014 by

Trying to find out where someone is located is valuable information for businesses and attorneys, but there are new laws winding their way through Congress which directly impact how this information is obtained. In 2000, George Clooney appeared in the Joel and Ethan Coen comedy titled O Brother, Where Art Thou? The Coen brothers’ movie created the story as a modern...


The-Success-Checklist:-What-mHealth-Investors-and-Entrepreneurs-Should-Know

The Success Checklist: What mHealth Investors and Entrepreneurs Should Know


Monday, August 11, 2014 by

A healthcare start-up developer has an intriguing concept for an app or a software solution. It may be an app tied to a sensor that is designed to transmit a diabetic’s blood glucose levels to her physician, or an app that has a proprietary algorithm that analyzes a heart patient’s water retention to predict congestive heart failure.The developer has partners who may ha...


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New Regulations to Protect Kids Is Driving Change In the Mobile App Industry


Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by

The European Commission is reporting that Google has agreed to change the way it designates free apps. This is following what the Commission has said have been a large number of complaints in EU countries concerning in-app purchases in online games and in particular, inadvertent purchases by children.According to a recent EU commission announcement, “Google has dec...


From-Lemonade-and-Lucy-to-COPPA-and-Cookies

From Lemonade and Lucy to COPPA and Cookies


Sunday, December 8, 2013 by

On July 1, 2013, the Child Online Privacy Protection Policy (“COPPA”) dramatically altered how we think about cookies Growing up as children in the US, our first taste of commerce involved selling lemonade in front of our house on a sweltering summer day, or wondering what justified the hefty price of 5 cents Lucy charged Charlie Brown for psychiatr...


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FTC to Discuss Emerging Consumer Privacy Issues in Spring 2014 Seminars


Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by

On Monday, December 2nd, the Federal Trade Commission announced three consumer privacy issues it plans to examine in 2014. As part of this initiative, the FTC will hold three events in 2014 that focus on mobile tracking, consumer online scoring and user-generated health data next year. The first seminar on February 19 will discuss technology that allows business to trac...


What-Is-The-Apps-Act-of-2013

What Is The Apps Act of 2013


Monday, October 7, 2013 by

In January 2013, the California Attorney General issued a report entitled, Privacy on the Go; Recommendations for the Mobile Ecosystem. In the very next month, the Federal Trade Commission issued its own report, Mobile Privacy Disclosures; Building Trust Through Transparency. Finally, Congress is talking about the country’s concerns over privacy and is consid...


FTC released amendments to COPPA


Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by

The Federal Trade Commission adopted final amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule that strengthen kids’ privacy protections and give parents greater control over the personal information that websites and online services may collect from children under 13. The FTC initiated a review in 2010 to ensure that the COPPA Rule keeps up with evolving t...