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  • Snapchat deceived customers, says US Federal Trade Commission May 9, 2014

    New York: Snapchat has agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that it deceived customers about the disappearing nature of messages sent through its service and that it collected users' contacts without telling them or asking permission. Snapchat is a popular mobile messaging app that lets people send...
  • Chhattisgarh HC suspends sessions judge in connection with suicide of a senior police official March 15, 2014

    The Chhattisgarh High Court has suspended the then additional district and sessions judge (fast track court), Jagdalpur, Anestus Toppo in connection with the suicide of a senior police official in Bastar district last month. "Considering the inquiry report by the Registrar (Vigilance), the High Court, with regard to the work and...
  • How a flashlight Android app left customers in the dark December 6, 2013

    Washington: The maker of a popular Android mobile app that turns your phone into a flashlight has agreed to settle the Federal Trade Commission's charges that the software secretly supplied cellphone locations to marketers, even when consumers rejected its terms of service. The settlement against Goldenshores Technologies LLC, which makes the...
  • New privacy guidelines for mobile applications February 3, 2013

    Washington: The Federal Trade Commission has issued a widereaching set of new guidelines for makers of mobile platforms and developers of applications for mobile telephones and tablets to safeguard users' privacy. The nonbinding guidelines, published in a report, include the recommendation that companies should obtain consumers' consent before including location tracking...
  • Google didn't manipulate search results to hurt rivals: US FTC January 4, 2013

    Washington: In a major victory for Google, US regulators on Thursday ended their investigation into the giant Internet company and concluded that it had not manipulated its Web search results to hurt rivals. The Federal Trade Commission did, however, win promises from Google that it would end the practice of "scraping"...
  • Google should not be accused of unfair acts: Lawmakers November 20, 2012

    Washington: Two lawmakers urged the Federal Trade Commission on Monday to steer clear of expanding its authority as it investigates allegations search engine company Google violated antitrust law. The two California Democrats in the House of Representatives, who count Google as a major campaign contributor, asked the FTC not to...
  • Google to pay $22.5 million fine for privacy breach November 18, 2012

    San Francisco: A federal judge has approved a $22.5 million fine to penalise Google for an alleged privacy breach, rejecting a consumerrights group's plea for tougher punishment. The blessing from US District Judge Susan Illston came late Friday. She made her ruling a few hours after a hearing in San...
  • US finalises privacy settlement with Facebook August 11, 2012

    New York: The Federal Trade Commission voted to finalise its settlement with Facebook, resolving charges that the social network exposed details about users' lives without getting the required legal consent. Facebook Inc. agreed to submit to government audits of its privacy practices every other year for the next two decades. The...
  • Google to pay $ 22.5 mn fine for violating privacy August 10, 2012

    Washington: Internet giant Google has agreed to pay $ 22.5 million as fine to settle charges that it violated the default privacy norms of the Apple's web browser, Safari, the US Federal regulators have said. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had charged that it misrepresented to users of Safari that it would...
  • Google, Twitter quizzed on FacebookInstagram May 11, 2012

    California: The US Federal Trade Commission has reached out to Google Inc and Twitter in an investigation into Facebook Inc's $1 billion acquisition of photosharing service Instagram, a source familiar with the probe told Reuters. It was not immediately clear what specific information the FTC was looking for, the source said....
  • Indian call centres used for $ 5 mn scam in US February 22, 2012

    Washington/New York: Federal authorities have cracked down on a Californiabased company that used the services of call centers in India to make fake, very often threatening, debt collector calls to consumers in the US. At a complaint filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), a US district court ordered stopping making...
  • Facebook makes privacy pledge in FTC settlement November 30, 2011

    San Francisco: Government regulators are sharing some alarming information about Facebook: They believe the online social network has often misled its more than 800 million users about the sanctity of their personal information. The unflattering portrait of Facebook's privacy practices emerged Tuesday in a Federal Trade Commission complaint alleging that...
  • FTC proposes kids' online privacy rule update September 16, 2011

    Washington: A proposed update of the US online privacy rule for children would revise definitions of personal information and beef up parental consent mechanisms to reflect technological changes. The Federal Trade Commission plan would modify its Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule that gives parents a say over what information websites...
  • Divided US FCC adopts Internet rules December 22, 2010

    Washington: A divided US Federal Communications Commission banned Internet service providers like Comcast Corp from blocking traffic on their networks, provoking warnings the rules would be rejected in the courts and threats from Republican lawmakers to overturn them. The 3-2 decision on Tuesday highlighted a huge divide between those who say...
  • US regulator backs 'do not track' list for Web users December 2, 2010

    Washington: US regulators backed the creation of a "do not track" option for the Internet that would limit the ability of advertisers to collect consumers' data. In a preliminary staff report, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday that while companies generally manage consumer information responsibly, there are exceptions. "Self-regulation in privacy...
  • US regulators scold Google for 'Wi-Spying' October 28, 2010

    New York: The Federal Trade Commission is scolding Google Inc. without punishing the Internet search leader for collecting e-mails, passwords and other personal information transmitted over unsecured wireless networks. In a two-page letter released Wednesday, the regulatory agency expressed its displeasure with Google for allowing potentially sensitive information to be scooped...