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Breach affecting 1 million was caught only after hacker maxed out target’s storage

Enlarge Ryan Adams / Flickr The US Federal Trade Commission has sued an IT provider for failing to detect 20 hacking intrusions over a 22-month period, allowing the hacker to access the data for 1 million consumers. The provider only discovered the breach when the hacker maxed out the provider’s storage system. Utah-based InfoTrax Systems …

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AT&T users whose “unlimited data” was throttled get $60 million in refunds

Enlarge / The AT&T logo displayed at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on February 25, 2019. Getty Images | Gabriel Bouys AT&T has agreed to pay $60 million back to customers to settle a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit over the carrier’s severe throttling of mobile data plans advertised as “unlimited.” The FTC, which …

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Antitrust 101: Why everyone is probing Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

Enlarge / Maybe this textbook is from the Ma Bell era? #ThanksStockGettyImages designer491 / Getty Images Once upon a time, there was a phone company—or rather, the phone company. AT&T Corp., the venerable “Ma Bell,” provided nearly all telephone service to nearly all Americans for decades… until it didn’t. The company infamously broke up on …

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The FTC fosters fake reviews, its own commissioners say

Enlarge Morsa Images | Getty Images Like much of the Internet, online reviews are often fake. No matter the platform—Amazon, TripAdvisor, Yelp, or another—no matter the subject, where user reviews are public, fakery usually follows. The practice has surged in popularity in recent years as retailers scramble to capitalize on consumers’ love of ecommerce. Saoud …

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Sunday Riley settles with FTC over fraudulent skincare reviews

Sponsored Links Sunday Riley, Instagram The FTC’s fight against fake product reviews has extended to the world of hype-driven cosmetics. Skincare maker Sunday Riley has settled with the FTC over reports that it ordered employees to post fake reviews on Sephora’s website in a bid to boost sales. Managers and Sunday Riley herself reportedly created …

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AT&T and FTC settle lawsuit over data throttling

Sponsored Links REUTERS/Brendan McDermid AT&T has reached a truce in an FTC lawsuit accusing it of deceptive data throttling practices. A newly published federal court ruling has revealed that the two parties reached a settlement on August 2nd, and requested a 90-day stay while the FTC reviewed and voted on the settlement. The terms of …

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FTC Settles With Promoters of Multi-Level Marketing Crypto Scheme

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), has settled charges it filed last year against four promoters of crypto-denominated multi-level marketing schemes. Following a federal trial in a Florida court, the operators of the fraudulent investment schemes are ordered to pay restitution and have been barred from operating or participating in other such MLM schemes, according to …

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Senators question whether Facebook is doing enough to protect kids’ privacy

Sponsored Links Hero Images via Getty Images Senators are questioning Facebook again. This time their concerns are related to a design flaw that let thousands of kids join group chats with unauthorized users, The Verge reports. Senators Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) wrote a letter to Mark Zuckerberg today, asking whether Facebook has …

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FTC warns Equifax claimants will get ‘nowhere near’ $125 cash payout

Sponsored Links Smith Collection/Gado via Getty Images When the FTC and other government agencies reached a settlement deal with Equifax over its massive data breach, people affected were offered as much as $125 in cash. Now, the FTC is encouraging claimants to choose the free credit monitoring option instead, because there’s absolutely no way everyone …

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Report: FTC approves a fine for Google over YouTube kids privacy probe

Sponsored Links pressureUA via Getty Images Google has to pay the FTC a multimillion dollar fine to settle a probe into YouTube’s shortcomings when it comes to protecting kids using its service, according to The Washington Post. The agency launched an investigation into the video-sharing platform to figure out whether it violated federal data privacy …

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