WASHINGTON (AP) — A payment processor run by a prominent political donor will pay $110 million to settle U.S. charges the company knowingly processed transactions for merchants engaging in...
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on federal judge's ruling against Qualcomm (all times local):
A federal ruling against Qualcomm is likely to reduce the licensing fees paid on the...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on Missouri U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley's proposed Do Not Track Act (all times local):
Parents can’t delete what kids tell Amazon voice assistant
Amazon met with skepticism from some privacy advocates and members of Congress last year when it introduced its first kid-oriented voice assistant , along with brightly colored models of its Echo...
Can fines rein in Big Tech? Privacy regulators spur a debate
WASHINGTON (AP) — As they negotiate a record fine against Facebook, federal privacy regulators sparked a debate in Congress Wednesday over how effective such penalties can be in preventing future...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional hearing on privacy agency (all times local):
Federal privacy regulators are getting a sympathetic hearing from Congress for...
US regulators under scrutiny as they look to punish Facebook
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal privacy regulators are under scrutiny in Congress as they negotiate a record fine with Facebook to punish the company for alleged user-privacy violations.
Possible $5B Facebook fine echoes European tech penalties
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The possibility of a $5 billion federal privacy fine for Facebook suggests that U.S. regulators may be taking a cue from the large penalties their European counterparts have...
Facebook anticipates an FTC privacy fine of up to $5 billion
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook said it expects a fine of up to $5 billion from the Federal Trade Commission, which is investigating whether the social network violated its users' privacy.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are reportedly considering seeking some kind of oversight of Mark Zuckerberg's leadership of Facebook over the social network giant's mishandling of users'...
$30 million settlement in sweepstakes scam aimed at elderly
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The operators of a sweepstakes scam that affected senior citizens and others will forfeit $30 million in cash and assets under a record settlement announced Thursday by the...
Teen video app Musical.ly agrees to FTC fine
The operator of a video-sharing app popular with teenagers agreed to pay $5.7 million to settle federal allegations it illegally collected personal information from children .
Report: Facebook, FTC discussing ‘multibillion dollar’ fine
NEW YORK (AP) — A report says Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are negotiating a "multibillion dollar" fine for the social network's privacy lapses.
Report: Facebook’s privacy lapses may result in record fine
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook may be facing the biggest fine ever imposed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations involving the personal information of its 2.2 billion users.
Battle lines forming ahead of a looming US privacy law fight
Consumer advocates and the data-hungry technology industry are drawing early battle lines in advance of an expected fight this year over what kind of federal privacy law the U.S. should have.
Consumer groups allege Google misleads kids in FTC complaint
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nearly two dozen consumer, privacy and public health groups are urging U.S. regulators to investigate whether children are being endangered by deceptive apps in Google's app store for smartphones running on its Android software.
Tennessee warns public to beware gift card scams
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance is warning the public not to fall prey to gift card scams this holiday season.
The department says the Federal Trade Commission found Tennesseans lost nearly $1 million through prepaid gift card scams in 2018. That's a 44 % increase over 2017.
Federal officials approve hospital merger
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Federal regulators have approved a merger between two New England hospital networks.
WPRI-TV reports that Boston-based Partners HealthCare confirmed that the Federal Trade Commission had approved a deal between Partners and Care New England, Rhode Island's second-largest health care system.
FTC fines NY Knicks owner $600K for antitrust violations
NEW YORK (AP) — James Dolan, the owner of the New York Knicks and New York Rangers, has agreed to pay more than $600,000 in civil penalties for running afoul of federal securities law.
The Federal Trade Commission said Thursday that Dolan failed to notify federal authorities after acquiring additional stock last year in the Madison Square Garden Company.
Child experts file FTC complaint against Facebook kids’ app
NEW YORK (AP) — Children's and public health advocacy groups say Facebook's kid-centric messaging app violates federal law by collecting kids' personal information without getting verifiable consent from their parents.
The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and other groups asked the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday to investigate Facebook's Messenger Kids for violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA.
Feds to return $505M from Tucker’s payday loan scheme
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal officials are mailing more than 1 million checks worth a combined $505 million to consumers that former pro racecar driver Scott Tucker swindled through a payday lending scheme.
Congressmen question Google over kids’ privacy on YouTube
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Two members of Congress are calling on Google to address concerns that YouTube might violate children's privacy.
Rep. David Cicilline, a Rhode Island Democrat, and Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, a Nebraska Republican, sent a letter this week to Google CEO Sundar Pichai asking for more details about how the service collects data.
Privacy group tells FTC Google tracking violated 2011 order
A privacy group said in a letter sent to the Federal Trade Commission on Friday that Google has violated the terms of a 2011 settlement because of practices exposed in an Associated Press report this week.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota company and its two owners were charged with running an illegal sales scheme on Amazon that prosecutors said collected more than $15 million from consumers over the past year.
Feds: Auto dealer deceived consumers near Navajo Nation
GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities say an Arizona-based auto dealer who operates in towns near the Navajo Nation falsified consumer information and deceived consumers through advertisements.
The Gallup Independent reports the Federal Trade Commission recently filed a complaint against Tate's Auto Group after an investigation by the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission.
Auto group accused of deceptive practices to sell to Navajos
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission is accusing an auto group in the U.S. Southwest of using deceptive and unlawful practices to sell vehicles to Navajos.
The complaint against Tate's Auto Group, filed this week in U.S. District Court in Arizona, says the company falsified consumers' monthly income and down payments on financing applications and contracts without them knowing. The complaint also says the company used deceptive advertising.
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is asking for a federal investigation into a company that manages the Sunpass toll system in Florida, accusing the company of mismanagement.
Nelson and U.S. Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan on Monday requested the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Conduent State & Local Solutions.
State transportation officials in Florida blame the company for an upgrade to the system that resulted in delayed and inaccurate charges.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's attorney general joined regulators in the federal government and other states Thursday in targeting charities they said falsely promise to aid veterans and active members of the military.
The California effort includes requiring more than 500 veterans' charities to file delinquent reports with the state's Registry of Charitable Trusts and suspending them if they don't comply within 30 days.
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer would like used-car shoppers to get more information up front about whether a vehicle has been checked for flood damage from last summer's hurricanes or other deluges.
The New York Democrat asked the Federal Trade Commission in a letter Sunday to consider adding a "flood check" element to the "Buyers Guide" required on many used cars up for sale.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal probe into Facebook's sharing of user data with Cambridge Analytica now involves the FBI, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department, the Washington Post reported.
Representatives from these agencies have joined the Federal Trade Commission in the inquiry, the newspaper reported, citing five unnamed people familiar with the matter. Those people spoke on condition of anonymity because the probes are not complete.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission says it plans to hold hearings about technology, competition and privacy of a kind it hasn't held in more than 20 years.
The hearings were announced by the FTC's new chairman, Joseph Simons, a Republican appointed by President Donald Trump.
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii will continue to have two air ambulance providers under a settlement approved by the Federal Trade Commission.
The commission says it will allow Hawaii's two air ambulance providers to merge, so long as one of the companies sells its Hawaii air ambulance business to a third company.
The deal approved Thursday allows Air Medical Group Holdings to buy AMR Holdco. AMR Holdco will sell its Hawaii air ambulance service to AIRMD, which does business as LifeTeam.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal regulators say LendingClub failed to properly disclose fees on loans that it advertised as having "no hidden fees," but the company disputes that.
The Federal Trade Commission says the San Francisco-based company often charged hundreds or even thousands of dollars in fees and didn't properly disclose them.
LendingClub says it discloses its origination fees in several places on its website. The company says it received relatively few complaints from customers.
NEW YORK (AP) — Three New York congressional representatives are asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate reports that scammers are posing as Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund staffers to get first responders' and survivors' personal information.
Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney, Jerrold Nadler and Peter King publicized their effort on Sunday. FTC representatives haven't immediately responded to an email inquiry.
Considering “going green” and buying environmentally safe products?
In recognition of Earth Day on April 22, the Better Business Bureau of Greater Houston and South Texas encourages consumers to watch out for green marketing claims that sound great, but may be misleading.
Audit clears Facebook despite Cambridge Analytica leaks
NEW YORK (AP) — An audit of Facebook's privacy practices for the Federal Trade Commission found no problems even though the company knew at the time that a data-mining firm improperly obtained private data from millions of users — raising questions about the usefulness of such audits.
Clinics await appeal in North Dakota merger case
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Attorneys are awaiting a court date in a case about a proposed clinic merger in North Dakota.
Zuckerberg flubs details of Facebook privacy commitments
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Over two days of questioning in Congress, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg chief revealed that he didn't know key details of a 2011 consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission that requires Facebook to protect user privacy.
Child advocates ask FTC to investigate YouTube
The fine print of YouTube's terms of service has a warning that goes unheeded by millions of children who visit YouTube to watch cartoons, nursery rhymes, science experiments or videos of toys being unboxed.
"If you are under 13 years of age, then please do not use the service," the terms say. "There are lots of other great web sites for you."
At a Glance: Zuckerberg to testify, other probes pending
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress next week, while an EU official plans to speak with Facebook's No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg, over the company's data practices.
Authorities around the world are investigating allegations that the political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica inappropriately accessed data on as many as 87 million Facebook users to influence elections.
Here's a look at the various investigations and requests for information.
At a Glance: Zuckerberg to testify, other probes pending
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress next week. His appearance comes as authorities around the world investigate allegations that the political data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica inappropriately accessed data on as many as 87 million Facebook users to influence elections.
Here's a look at the various investigations and requests for information.
Western Connecticut Health Network to merge with New York-based health system
DANBURY - The health network that runs Danbury, Norwalk and New Milford hospitals is joining forces with a four-hospital group in New York to form a $2.4 billion medical system stretching from the Hudson River to the shores of Long Island Sound.
The merger of the Western Connecticut Health Network and Health Quest Systems, which is subject to approval by the states of Connecticut and New York and the Federal Trade Commission, would create a seven-hospital network serving 1.5 million people.
FTC, states increase pressure on Facebook on privacy
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. regulators and state attorneys general are increasing pressure on Facebook as they probe whether the company's data-collection practices have hurt the people who use its services.
Facebook under fire as prosecutors, Congress confirm investigations
Congress, trade regulators and state prosecutors all announced probes into Facebook Monday over reports of privacy breaches, sending the internet giant's stock sliding as the company struggles to contain a growing scandal.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission confirmed it is investigating whether Facebook has breached a 2012 privacy settlement, while European officials demanded promises of better behavior in the future.
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):
U.S. stock indexes closed broadly higher, led by gains in retailers, energy and industrial companies.
Amazon jumped 2.7 percent Tuesday, leading the way higher for retailers.
Energy companies rose along with the price of oil, and banks were also higher as bond yields rose.
PHOENIX (AP) — A consent judgment resolving a consumer-fraud lawsuit bans a Phoenix-based carpet-cleaning company from making telemarketing calls for six years and requires it to pay $1 million in civil penalties.
The Arizona Attorney General's Office says the consent judgment it reached with Adobe Carpet Cleaning LLC stems from the company making illegal telemarketing calls by repeatedly calling consumers on the Federal Trade Commission's "Do Not Call" registry.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Conagra Brands is dropping its $285 million sale of the Wesson oil brand to the J.M. Smucker Company after regulators challenged it.
Both companies said Tuesday they will abandon the deal instead of fighting the Federal Trade Commission's challenge.
CEO Mark Smucker says he believes regulators underestimated the role private label products play in the cooking oil market. Smucker already owns the Crisco brand.
Appeals court says FTC can police telecommunications cos.
NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. appeals court says the Federal Trade Commission can police telecommunications companies like AT&T — a ruling that's important because another agency is dropping its oversight with repeal of "net neutrality" rules governing customer access to apps and websites.
FTC warns of FEMA identity theft, scams
If you've been affected by a recent natural disaster has someone called asking to verify your FEMA registration even though you didn't apply? Or have you tried to claim FEMA benefits or assistance, but were told you had already applied?
After receiving multiple complaints from people living in these affected areas, the Federal Trade Commission wants you to know about a scam involving FEMA impersonators and identity theft.