Articles Tagged with FTC

$70 Million Phone Charge In Family ‘Cramming’ Scam

$70 Million Phone Charge In Family 'Cramming' Scam

Helena, MN – A $70 million phone charge is part of a police investigation into a Montana family that falsely charged their customers extra phone charges in order to line their pockets. A Federal Trade Commission civil complaint says Steven Sann, his wife Terry, son Nathan, and accountant Robert Braach run a maze of nine… Read more »

FTC Will Ask Federal Government To Sue Google

Motorola Mobile and Google Fight FTC over Frand rights

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is asking that the US government file an antitrust lawsuit against Google. In a staff report, the agency claims that Google demanded sales embargoes against products that use patents required to be licensed under fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory (FRAND) terms. The FTC claims that Google attempted to use those embargoes… Read more »

FTC Works With Child Advocacy Groups, Claim McDonalds And Other Websites Violate Child Privacy Laws

McDonalds Kids Website and COPPA

The Federal Trade Commission working alongside seventeen different child advocacy groups have teamed up against several corporations who have been collecting children’s information without parental consent. Other companies included in the lawsuit are Subway, General Mills, Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon. The groups claims that all firms included in their complaint have directly and maliciously violated… Read more »

SEC Shuts Down Penny Auction Site Zeekler As A $600 Million Ponzi Scheme

Zeekler.Com Shut Down By The SEC As A Ponzi Scheme

In a move that sent shock waves through the Multi Level Marketing Industry, the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) shut down Zeekler.Com and its affiliate website, ZeekRewards, on Friday, August 17, 2012. The SEC claimed the company was a $600 million Ponzi scheme, built on a pyramid that paid older affiliates from the revenues of… Read more »

Google Fined $22.5 Million For Privacy Violation

google-fined 22.5 safari privacy settlement

Search giant Google has just been hit with a whopping $22.5 million fine for violating a privacy settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and tracking the activity of Safari users. The penalty, which was announced Thursday, matches the figure reported by The Associated Press and other media outlets last month. It’s the highest ever single… Read more »

FTC Fines Spokeo, Says Social Network Data Collection Firm Violated User Rights

Spokeo sued by FTC

The Federal Trade Commission has handed out $800,000 in fines to data collector Spokeo, alleging that the web platform violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by marketing consumer profiles without giving the assurance that those profiles would be used for legal purposes. Essentially Spokeo gathered information from social networking sites and then sold that information…. Read more »