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AT&T Mobile Cramming Settlement

Now we know why AT&T never gloated after T-Mobile got nailed over bogus cramming charges

October 8th, 2014

Over the past several months, wireless carriers have found themselves in hot water over a “cramming” scandal which involves placing third-party charges on customers’ bills without permission. Like T-Mobile before it, AT&T has been caught billing its customers for $9.99 subscriptions to ringtones and premium text message services that they never signed up for. Worst of all, …

FTC New Shipping Rules

Late deliveries could be a thing of the past this holiday season

September 17th, 2014

The Internet has changed the way we shop for birthdays, holidays and just about every one of life’s big events. Given enough time, nearly any product from any corner of the world can be shipped to your doorstep, but when you have to depend on retailers and delivery services, sometimes things don’t go as planned. So if …

Amazon vs FTC: In-App Purchases Lawsuit

Amazon’s in for a good fight with the FTC over in-app purchases

July 11th, 2014

Apple recently acknowledged its in-app purchases issues that allowed children to purchase content without requiring verification and settled the FTC case agreeing to refund some $32 million in fraudulent in-app charges. But Amazon doesn’t want to go down without a fight, GigaOm reports, as the same Commission is investigating its own in-app purchase problems related to …

T-Mobile Bogus Charges

FTC sues T-Mobile for allegedly hitting customers with hundreds of millions in bogus charges

July 1st, 2014

In what might be the “Uncarrier’s” worst blunder in years, T-Mobile is being sued by the Federal Trade Commission after it was discovered that the provider has allegedly been placing bogus charges on customers’ phone bills for “premium” SMS texting subscriptions, which in many cases were never authorized by the subscriber. It is estimated that T-Mobile made hundreds of …

Patent Troll vs. Federal Government

One patent troll refuses to quit, sues federal government

January 15th, 2014

Despite recent legislation designed to stop them in their tracks, patent trolls are still fighting for relevancy in the United States. Ars Technica reports that one of the most infamous patent trolls in the country, MPHJ Technology Investments, is suing the federal government for infringing on its “constitutional right” to send thousands of disruptive, deceptive letters to …

Apple FTC In-App Purchases Settlement

Apple has agreed to settle with FTC over in-app purchase lawsuit

January 15th, 2014

Apple has been negotiating an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission for months in regards to in-app purchases, but a letter from Tim Cook sent to Apple employees on Wednesday indicates that the company has decided to settle. The fight concerned how easy it is for children to make in-app purchases without the oversight of …

FTC Data Brokerage

FTC demands answers from data brokers

December 19th, 2012

The United States Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday ordered nine data brokerage firms to provide the agency with information on how they collect and use consumer data. The FTC notes that these companies “collect personal information about consumers from a variety of public and non-public sources and resell the information to other companies,” and is …

Google to pony up $22.5 million in Safari settlement

July 10th, 2012

Google is about to forfeit some of its allowance after getting caught with its hands in Safari’s cookie jar. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google and the Federal Trade Commission are close to finalizing a settlement where Google will pay $22.5 million for bypassing the security settings on Apple’s Safari browser to plant unwanted third-party tracking …

Google to be fined millions by U.S. over Safari breach

May 4th, 2012

The United States Federal Trade Commission will fine Google for its breach of Apple’s Safari web browser security, Bloomberg reported on Friday. The Internet giant is currently negotiating with the Commission over an acceptable fine, which could amount to tens of millions of dollars. The fine would be the first time the FTC has ever …