Tag Archives: Consent Order

The FTC Announces Consumer Review Fairness Act Enforcement Actions

On May 8, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its first three cases that exclusively enforce the Consumer Review Fairness Act (CRFA).  Enacted in December 2016 to protect consumers’ ability to share their honest reviews, the CRFA prohibits companies from using form contracts that bar consumers from writing negative reviews or threaten them with … Continue Reading

FTC Settles Charges Against Flashlight App Maker

Yesterday, the FTC announced a settlement with Goldenshores Technologies, a company that makes the most-downloaded flashlight app on the Android platform.  The FTC alleged that Goldenshores violated Section 5 of the FTC Act by failing to disclose to consumers that it shared location data it collected from users’ device with third parties.  Although a list … Continue Reading

HTC America’s Settlement with FTC Becomes Final

Yesterday, the FTC announced that it had approved a final order settling charges that HTC America failed to take reasonable steps to secure the software it developed for mobile devices.  (We’ve previously blogged about the case here.)  The FTC alleged that this failure amounted to an “unfair” practice in violation of Section 5 of the … Continue Reading

FTC Approves MySpace Settlement

Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) approved an agreement with MySpace to settle charges that the company misrepresented the extent to which it shared personal information with third-party advertisers.  MySpace’s privacy policy suggested that it would not share personally identifiable information (“PII”) with third parties without the user’s permission, but the Commission alleged that this … Continue Reading

FTC Approves $22.5 Million Consent Decree to Settle Charges that Google Bypassed Safari Users’ Privacy Settings

Today the Federal Trade Commission has announced its approval of a consent decree to settle charges that Google misrepresented to users of Apple’s Safari browser that it would not place tracking “cookies” or serve targeted ads to those users, violating an earlier privacy settlement between the company and the FTC.  The decree requires Google to pay a … Continue Reading

MySpace Settles FTC Charges

Yesterday, the FTC announced that MySpace has agreed to settle charges that it engaged in deceptive practices by disclosing personal information to third parties despite statements in its privacy policy suggesting it would not engage in such sharing.  The proposed settlement with MySpace reflects the FTC’s continuing concern with the privacy practices of social networking … Continue Reading
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