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Google to Refund Consumers at Least $19 Million for In-App Charges
/ September 5, 2014 3:49 pm
Google to Refund Consumers at Least $19 Million for In-App Charges

Google has agreed to refund at least $19 million to consumers as part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over unauthorized charges incurred by children using mobile apps downloaded from the Google Play app store. The FTC's complaint alleged that the company violated a law banning "unfair" commercial practices by billing consumers for in-app charges by children made without their consent. Read More

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Consumer Disclosures on Mobile Shopping Apps Are Lacking
/ August 7, 2014 10:38 am
Consumer Disclosures on Mobile Shopping Apps Are Lacking

Many of the most popular mobile shopping apps lack key disclosures to consumers, such as how the apps manage payment-related disputes or handle consumer data, according to a new report from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The report examined 121 apps used by consumers to comparison shop, collect and redeem deals and discounts, and pay in-store with their mobile devices. . Read More

FTC Recommends Mobile Industry Changes to Combat Mobile Cramming
/ July 29, 2014 10:52 am
FTC Recommends Mobile Industry Changes to Combat Mobile Cramming

Responding to the growing problem of "mobile cramming," the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Monday called on mobile carriers to let consumers block third-party charges on their phone bills. Such a change, the agency said, would help put an end to the illegal practice, in which scammers place unauthorized charges on the mobile phone bills of unwitting consumers. . Read More

App Groups Admire FTC COPPA Guidance Updates
/ July 17, 2014 11:04 am
App Groups Admire FTC COPPA Guidance Updates

Multichannel News reports “The FTC's new guidance on enforcement of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act — released Wednesday — was getting high marks from app developers.”. Read More

Report: Google Led Tech Firms in 2013 Lobbying Spending
/ January 23, 2014 4:22 pm
Report: Google Led Tech Firms in 2013 Lobbying Spending

Google spent just over $14 million on lobbying efforts in Washington last year, tops among tech firms, according to record filed with the Clerk of the House this week and reported by public interest group Consumer Watchdog. The figure was actually down 15% from 2012, when the Mountain View-based company was the target of an antitrust investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). . Read More

WSJ: Google’s Acquisition of Waze Being Reviewed by FTC
/ June 24, 2013 4:37 pm
WSJ: Google’s Acquisition of Waze Being Reviewed by FTC

The Wall Street Journal reports that Google has confirmed that it has been reached by lawyers from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) about the company’s $1.1 billion purchase of the mobile navigation company Waze, which was completed in mid-June. A Google spokeswoman has refused to talk about details of the antitrust review by the FTC. . Read More

Obama to Name Edith Ramirez as New Chair of the FTC
/ February 28, 2013 12:17 pm
Obama to Name Edith Ramirez as New Chair of the FTC

President Obama plans to name Edith Ramirez as the new chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), a White House official said Thursday. The news comes nearly two weeks after former chair Jon Leibowitz officially stepped down following four years at the helm. . Read More

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