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  • The Latest Case Of An Interest Group Using Regulation To Stifle Competition: Teeth Whitening

    08/13/2014 8:30:37 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 13, 2014 | George Leef
    Conspiracies to stifle competition never work very well or for long in the absence of government power. Besides, such conspiracies are illegal under the federal antitrust laws. Therefore, special interest groups desiring to minimize or eliminate competition usually look for ways of using government regulation for their purposes. It is not only far more effective, but also largely immune for antitrust attack. A case the Supreme Court will hear in October, North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC perfectly illustrates the way this nasty little game is played. Among the many cosmetic services Americans enjoy is teeth whitening....
  • ‘Made in the USA’ Labels Not Verified, Says FTC

    07/23/2014 4:10:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Jul 23 2014 3:55PM
    The Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on the company issuing “Made in USA” certification seals, alleging that the company is letting partners use the seal without checking that the products were in fact made in the United States. […] “The guidelines say it has to be virtually, entirely made in the USA,” (former prosecutor Jonna Spilbor) said. “And yes, it’s hard. But don’t make money from selling the license if you can’t get enough people to comply with it.” …
  • Electronic Privacy Information Center Challenges Facebook's Manipulation of Users

    07/06/2014 10:34:23 AM PDT · by dalight · 7 replies
    epic.org ^ | July 3, 014 | EPIC
    EPIC Challenges Facebook's Manipulation of Users, Files FTC Complaint EPIC has filed a formal complaint to the Federal Trade Commission concerning Facebook's manipulation of users' News Feeds for psychological research. "The company purposefully messed with people's minds," states the EPIC complaint. EPIC has charged that the study violates a privacy consent order and is a deceptive trade practice. In 2012, Facebook subjected 700,000 users to an "emotional" test with the manipulation of News Feeds. Facebook did not get users' permission to conduct this study or notify users that their data would be disclosed to researchers. In the complaint, EPIC explained...
  • FTC turns lights on decorative bulbs

    06/17/2014 12:43:41 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 17 2014 | Tim Devaney
    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may require decorative light bulbs to publish energy labels that provide consumers with information about a bulb's brightness, color, life, energy use, and estimated annual energy cost. The FTC announced Tuesday it is considering new rules that would require decorative and other specialty light bulbs to comply with the same energy labeling rule that other, more traditional light bulbs have been following since 2010. The Lighting Facts label can be found on general service light bulbs, such as incandescents, fluorescents, and LEDs. But, so far, decorative lights have been exempt from the labeling rule. This...
  • Mark Cuban Takes on Snapchat with Cyber Dust

    05/13/2014 8:45:51 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    FOX Business ^ | May 13, 2014 | Katie Roof
    In a world where texts, tweets and emails can potentially be used against you, billionaire investor Mark Cuban launched Cyber Dust, an app for disappearing text messages and photos. Once the recipient views the note, it vanishes in seconds. Cuban says he was inspired to create this service after being challenged by the FCC over insider trading allegations, of which he was eventually cleared. “What I learned very quickly was they took old emails and messages and created whatever context they wanted to create for it,” says Cuban. Cuban took his idea to app developers and launched Cyber Dust to...
  • Prosecute HealthCare.gov? The FTC has rules about deceptive ads

    11/16/2013 9:04:43 AM PST · by Understand the stimulus · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/15/13 | Andrew Stiles
    Conservatives often argue that the federal government should function more like a private business. Obamacare supporters should be grateful it does not, because otherwise HealthCare.gov would almost certainly run afoul of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as well as of the recently established Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Orson Swindle, who served as an FTC commissioner from 1997 to 2005, says there are a number of practices that, if HealthCare.gov were a private entity, would result in its being “taken to the shed and horsewhipped” by government regulators. President Obama’s oft-repeated falsehood, “If you like your plan, you can keep...
  • Does Obamacare violate Financial Rules ?

    10/03/2013 6:54:18 PM PDT · by Understand the stimulus · 6 replies
    self | 10/05/2013 | Understand the Stimulus
    OBAMACARE: is like going into a restaurant and before you can see the menu you have to giveup your social security number and personal info to a democratic advocacy group... Anyone familiar with financial matters KNOWS that a prospectus is required BEFORE someone purchases anything BUT to find out about OBAMACARE you have to give them all your personal information...Instead of being able to READ what Financial Health Plans they are offering you MUST disclose who you are... It gets better...you give this information to the most radicalized democratic organizations like Planned parenthood allegedly... THE FTC brings actions against companies...
  • Businessman in fraud case ties Utah AG to scheme (Harry Reid mentioned)

    01/12/2013 2:30:33 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    ap ^ | Jan 12 , 2013
    A Utah businessman accused of running a fraudulent $350 million software scheme says the state attorney general arranged a deal to pay Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to make a federal investigation into the software business disappear. ... Johnson says be believed that Reid, a Nevada senator, might intervene in the Federal Trade Commission's investigation.
  • US eyes Google antitrust settlement: reports

    12/18/2012 2:27:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    France 24 ^ | 17 December 2012 - 21H50 | (AFP)
    US regulators are likely to conclude a lengthy antitrust probe of Google’s dominance of Internet searches with a voluntary settlement, news reports said Monday. The Wall Street Journal said Google was likely to agree to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission that calls for unspecified changes in how it handles search queries, but would stop short of signing a consent decree that could be enforced by a court. The Washington Post also reported that a settlement was likely this week, saying it would fall well short of what Google’s rivals had sought. …
  • 7 unspeakable acts guaranteed to revive economy

    08/30/2012 7:17:23 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 6 replies
    WND ^ | August 29, 2012 | Robert Ringer
    Exclusive: Robert Ringer envisions Romney only tinkering around edges of government The cover story in the September issue of Newsmax is titled “Saving America: Mitt and Ann Share Their Personal Journey.” It reminded me once again that so long as people look to politicians to solve their problems – or the nation’s problems – the problems will only get worse. Politicians are in the business of passing laws, and laws almost always involve taking money from individuals or restricting their freedom. There are hundreds of ways to “get the economy moving,” but off the top of my head I can...
  • The Biggest Obamacare Scam Of Them All

    07/14/2012 10:46:17 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 5 replies
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 07/14/12 | CaroleL
    The Federal Trade Commission has issued an alert warning that unscrupulous individuals are using the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) to obtain personal financial information from consumers. According to the alert, these "scam artists want your information to commit identity theft, charge your existing credit cards, debit your checking account, open new credit card, checking, or savings accounts, write fraudulent checks, or take out loans in your name. " Shameful behavior for sure, but not all that different from that of the architects of the law itself. The illegal scammers are trying to gather people's personal information...
  • FTC: Skechers deceived consumers with shoe ads

    05/16/2012 9:17:44 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 5/16/12 | JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press
    The government wants you to know that simply sporting a pair of Skechers' fitness shoes is not going to get you Kim Kardashian's curves or Brooke Burke's toned tush.
  • Forgerygate: Media Threatened With Fed Investigations If O Birth Certificate Story Reported

    03/20/2012 1:38:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies · 4+ views
    The Center for Western Journalism ^ | March 20, 2012 | Doug Book
    Individuals and member organizations of the American media were threatened with FTC and FCC investigation if information gathered by Sheriff Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse concerning the forgery of Barack Obama’s long form birth certificate were passed on to the American public. It was Posse lead investigator Mike Zullo who made this stunning revelation, stating “During our investigation, we actually were told [that media] had been threatened with FTC investigations. Commentators [had been] threatened with their jobs.” And Jerome Corsi, author of “Where’s the birth certificate,” the book whose imminent publication was responsible for forcing Barack Obama to quickly create and...
  • After government says it misled users, Facebook pledges to address privacy concerns

    11/30/2011 5:36:29 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 9 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-30-11 | ap
    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 Facebook exposed details about users' lives without getting legally required consent. In some cases, the FTC charged, Facebook allowed potentially sensitive details to be passed along to advertisers and software developers prowling for customers. To avoid further legal wrangling, Facebook agreed to submit to government audits of its privacy...
  • How Google Dominates Us

    08/08/2011 5:57:14 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 10 replies
    In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives by Steven Levy Simon and Schuster, 424 pp., $26.00 I’m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59 by Douglas Edwards Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 416 pp., $27.00 The Googlization of Everything (and Why We Should Worry) by Siva Vaidhyanathan University of California Press, 265 pp., $26.95 Search & Destroy: Why You Can’t Trust Google Inc. by Scott Cleland with Ira Brodsky Telescope, 329 pp., $28.95 Tweets Alain de Botton, philosopher, author, and now online aphorist: The logical conclusion of our relationship to computers: expectantly to type “what is...
  • Food Totalitarians on Parade – Part Deux

    07/29/2011 3:43:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Conservative Action Alerts ^ | July 29, 2011 | Chuck Roger
    Well that didn’t take long. Yesterday, in a post discussing a New York Times op-ed that called for heavy taxation on “unhealthy” foods, I asked, “How long before some starry-eyed but angry-faced Democrat proposes legislation to force ‘healthy food’ advertising?” Now The Daily Caller reports that food producers could face government regulations requiring “healthy” composition profiles for foods marketed to children two to seventeen years old.If enacted, new regulatory criteria will reclassify many foods which the FDA presently considers healthy as off limits for advertising to children. In the present formulations, eighty-eight of the top 100 most-consumed foods will be...
  • New World Order: Google Track Record Raises Questions

    07/06/2011 3:08:00 PM PDT · by hilaryrhymeswithrich · 31 replies
    Rebel Pundit ^ | July 6 2011 | Rebel Pundit
    The announcement of a Federal Trade Commission investigation into the Google’s trade practices and an ongoing Congressional investigation has some in Washington predicting the end of the Internet, as we know it. But before writing the Internet’s obituary, it is critical to take a step back and examine what is really going on.
  • How anything you've EVER said on the internet could be seen by employers

    06/26/2011 8:15:24 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 60 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 6/26/11 | Fiona Roberts
    The Federal Trade Commission has approved a controversial firm which scours social media sites to check on job applicants. It means anything you've ever said in public on sites including Facebook, Twitter and even Craigslist could be seen by your would-be employer. The Washington-based commission has ruled the firm, Social Intelligence Corporation, complies with the Fair Credit Reporting Act - even though it keeps the results of its searches on file for seven years.
  • FTC to deepen Google probe: report

    06/23/2011 12:41:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/23/11 | Bill Rigby and Diane Bartz - Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Google Inc is about to receive the civil equivalent of a subpoena from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission as part of a probe into the giant Web company's Internet search business, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. The company, which dominates U.S. and global markets for search advertising, has been accused by competitors of favoring its own services over rivals in its search results. Google, the world's No. 1 search engine, and the FTC declined to comment on the Journal report. The FTC plans to send the civil investigative...
  • Obama's Food Police in Staggering Crackdown on Market to Kids

    06/21/2011 12:56:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 100 replies
    Human Events ^ | June 21, 2011 | Audrey Hudson, congressional correspondent
    Tony the Tiger, some NASCAR drivers and cookie-selling Girl Scouts will be out of a job unless grocery manufacturers agree to reinvent a vast array of their products to satisfy the Obama administration’s food police. Either retool the recipes to contain certain levels of sugar, sodium and fats, or no more advertising and marketing to tots and teenagers, say several federal regulatory agencies. The same goes for restaurants. It’s not just the usual suspected foods that are being targeted, such a thin mint cookies sold by scouts or M&Ms and Snickers, which sponsor cars in the Sprint Cup, but pretty...
  • Background check company will store your social networking slipups for 7 years

    06/20/2011 7:05:29 PM PDT · by decimon · 17 replies
    Today In Tech ^ | June 20, 2011 | Mike Wehner
    In a world where potential employers will almost certainly toss your name into a search engine before considering you for a job, we should all be very careful about what we put online. However, sometimes we slip up, leaving a nasty smear on an otherwise pristine social networking persona. Now, thanks to a ruling by the FTC, background checking services can store those unfortunate moments for up to 7 years after you've deleted them from the web. A company called Social Intelligence — which provides background checks for companies during the hiring process — recently drew ire from would-be employees...
  • Chuck (Schumer): Probe oil refiners' profits

    05/29/2011 2:40:04 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 45 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 29, 2011
    New York Sen. Charles Schumer wants the government to investigate U.S. oil refiners' skyrocketing profits, which he said are to blame for high gas prices. "Something is rotten," said the Democrat, speaking today at a gas station on Manhattan's West Side. He said refiners' profits have more than doubled since last year. Meanwhile, the price of unleaded gas went up by almost 12 percent in just the two weeks ending May 6, topping $4 a gallon in New York. The senator said he believes refiners may be fixing prices by cutting back on stockpiles — by keeping refining capacities to...
  • New FTC Guidelines Take Aim at Children’s Food Pitchmen

    04/29/2011 10:40:20 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | April 29, 2011 | John Sexton
    There’s an old saying that when all you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail. The government version is this: When all you have is the ability to regulate, the solution to every problem is more regulation: Citing an epidemic of childhood obesity, regulators are taking aim at a range of tactics used to market foods high in sugar, fat or salt to children, including the use of cartoon characters like Toucan Sam, the brightly colored Froot Loops pitchman, who appears in television commercials and online games as well as on cereal boxes. The story goes on to...
  • Pelosi, Other Democrats Ask FTC To Investigate Gas Prices (Blast From The Past)

    03/31/2011 2:36:16 PM PDT · by radioone · 3 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 25, 2008 | Darren Goode
    House Speaker Pelosi and other prominent Democrats today asked the FTC to investigate record high gas and oil prices, in the latest sign of partisan wrangling ahead of the summer driving season. Democrats want the commission to initiate immediately a rule implementing language in the energy bill signed into law in December that gives the agency authority to investigate and levy penalties against companies suspected of manipulating oil supply and prices. “Congress provided this authority to the FTC four months ago — but to date, the FTC has failed to exercise its power to protect consumers from skyrocketing energy costs,”...
  • Your Car: Powered Soon By Four Loko [recycling stuff into pure ethanol]

    01/07/2011 9:16:21 PM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 9 replies
    NPR ^ | 09:12 am January 7, 2011 | by Scott Hensley
    Coming to a gas pump near you. Even if you can't drink and drive, your car can. A Virginia company is taking in truckloads of boozy caffeinated drinks, including Four Loko, and recycling the stuff into pure ethanol to be blended into gasoline. A crackdown on the beverages is leading wholesalers to send the drinks from their warehouses to waste management companies for handling. "We’re at full capacity," Brian Potter, a VP for MXI Environmental Services, told the Associated Press. "There are about 30 different products involved, and we’ve only seen a couple of them at this point. It could...
  • FTC drops investigation of Google less than a week after company exec holds Obama fundraiser

    10/29/2010 10:27:30 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Big Government ^ | 10/29/10 | Ken Boehm
    Yesterday, the White House blog asked “as special interest billionaires continued to pour secret donations of millions of dollars each into front groups supporting Republicans, we asked the obvious question: “What do they expect in return?“” They added, “Congressional Republicans have made clear that lobbyists have a seat at the table even when they are formulating their party’s broader strategy and governing vision.” People in glass White Houses shouldn’t throw stones. * “Google’s Marissa Mayer is hosting President Obama for a Democratic party fundraiser tonight. Tickets are $30,000-a-head….” – San Francisco Chronicle, October 21, 2010 * “After analyzing the unencrypted...
  • FTC Subpoenas 48 Food Companies Regarding Marketing to Kids

    09/02/2010 7:02:41 PM PDT · by Qbert · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Advertising Age ^ | 9/1/2010 | Rich Thomaselli
    NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- The Federal Trade Commission is once again handing out subpoenas to companies that market food to children and teens. Three years after initially delivering what is technically known as "orders to file special report" to 44 marketers, the FTC last week began sending subpoenas to 48 companies in order to prepare a follow-up to its 120-page report issued in 2008, "Marketing Food to Children and Adolescents: A Review of Industry Expenditures, Activities and Self-Regulation." "This is a follow-up to measure the effects that self-regulation has had over the last three years," said Carol Jennings, spokeswoman for...
  • ‘First, Do No Harm’: A Plea to the FTC

    06/22/2010 4:59:50 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 1 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | June 22, 2010 | Dan Miller
    In May, the FTC launched a trial balloon calling for the "reinvention of journalism." Whether it's a "journalism AmeriCorps" or a Ministry of Truth, it's a bad idea. On May 24, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (not to be confused with the Federal Communications Commission, which is also trying to help in a crisis not to be wasted) released a document titled “Potential Policy Recommendations to Support the Reinvention of Journalism.” It must, in the minds of some folks, be time for our masters to push the reset button. The FCC document notes that “this draft does not represent conclusions...
  • EDITORIAL: FTC dodges Drudge Tax questions

    06/11/2010 10:24:57 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies · 555+ views
    washington times ^ | 6/11/10 | editor
    Agency head complained of 'free ride' for online news readers Federal Trade Commission (FTC) leaders are attempting to distance themselves from controversial proposals published in a May 24 working paper on "reinventing" the media. The report presents a suite of options through which government could step in and supposedly rescue journalism, most notably by imposing taxes. A fee could be levied on websites such as the Drudge Report that link to the best news of the day, or a tax could be imposed on consumer electronics such as iPads, laptops and Kindles. Funds collected would be redistributed to traditional media...
  • FTC draft study proposes massive bailout of newspapers

    06/05/2010 11:29:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 533+ views
    american thinker ^ | 6/5/10 | Joseph Smith
    The FTC has issued a discussion report on rescuing the failing newspaper industry, labeled as "The Reinvention of Journalism," Fox News reports. An NYU journalism source speaks for critics of the FTC draft: The problem with this is that the FTC is trying to set an agenda here, that some sort of government intervention is necessary. It's a power grab by the FTC and it's also an example of one old power structure circling its wagons around another.
  • EDITORIAL: FTC floats Drudge tax

    06/04/2010 6:31:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 109 replies · 5,028+ views
    washington times ^ | 6/4/10 | editor
    Journalism can reinvent itself without government 'help' The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking ways to "reinvent" journalism, and that's a cause for concern. According to a May 28 draft proposal, the agency thinks government should be at the center of a media overhaul. The bureaucracy sees it as a problem that the Internet has introduced a wealth of information options to consumers, forcing media companies to adapt and experiment to meet changing market needs. FTC's policy staff fears this new reality. "There are reasons for concern that experimentation may not produce a robust and sustainable business model for commercial...
  • Journalism 'Reinvention' Smacks of Government Control, Critics Say

    06/04/2010 7:19:57 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 35 replies · 684+ views
    FOX News ^ | Published June 02, 2010 | By Joshua Rhett Miller
    A list of potential policy recommendations to reinvent the field of journalism that has been compiled by the Federal Trade Commission is a "dangerous" overreach of power and a waste of taxpayer funds, critics of the project told FoxNews.com. FTC officials began a project in May 2009 to consider the challenges the journalism industry faces in the digital age. The federal agency recently released a discussion draft titled "Potential Policy Recommendations to Support the Reinvention of Journalism," a 47-page document that outlines a major government push to rescue the country's flailing media platforms -- specifically newspapers, which have seen advertising...
  • Government Wants to Save Journalism With Creative New Taxes

    06/03/2010 8:32:06 PM PDT · by NY Hockey Mom · 8 replies · 403+ views
    The Lonely Conservative ^ | 6/3/10 | The Lonely Conservative
    The FTC wants to save the old dinosaur media. ... To pay for it all they want to tax all sorts of things like broadband, advertising and consumer electronics. Oh, and they would also make it illegal for people like me to go around distributing facts to people like you. ... Reaganite Republican had it right when he said our “First Amendment rights are coming under pressure from the Bolshevik Boy Wonder yet again.” Interesting that the government is trying to save the old media while the old media is hiring up all of the left wing bloggers.
  • FTC to "reinvent" journalism

    06/02/2010 12:28:36 PM PDT · by faq · 18 replies · 504+ views
    Hot Air ^ | June 2, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    The nation needs a strong, independent press, the FTC argues, and so they want to find ways for government to "reinvent" journalism. If that sounds vaguely Orwellian to you, the actual language in the Federal Trade Commission’s discussion-points memo should have hairs standing on the backs of necks across the nation. It shows a wildly laughable rationale for government intervention that would prop up the failing newspaper model in a manner that would put the entire industry at the mercy of the federal bureaucracy it’s supposed to keep in check. The paper notes "experimentation" of media outlets on the Internet,...
  • Next Takeover Target: The News Media (FTC paper)

    06/02/2010 2:57:06 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 15 replies · 892+ views
    FTC via moonbattery.com ^ | June 1st | Van Helsing
    The Marxist in the White House has already taken big steps toward nationalizing the banking, insurance, automobile, and healthcare industries. Federal foot-dragging over protecting the coast from the Gulf oil spill could be motivated by a desire to have as many oil-coated pelicans as possible on the evening news as a prelude to nationalization of the energy sector. What else would be at the top of a communist's list of takeovers if not the very media that installed him in power? Mark Tapscott reports on the Federal Trade Commission's working paper on "reinventing journalism," an initiative intended to transform the...
  • Will journalists wake up in time to save journalism from Obama's FTC?

    05/31/2010 9:49:34 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 616+ views
    wash. examiner ^ | 5/31/10 | Mark Tapscott
    Release of the Federal Trade Commission's working paper on "reinventing journalism" makes it clear that there is no more time for diplomacy about this issue: President Obama is determined to federalize the news industry just as he has banking, autos, and health care. Everybody who wants independent journalism had better wake up to these three facts about what is going: * Journalists must understand that there is no way the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of the press will survive if the federal government regulates the news industry as envisioned by the FTC. Those who accept at face value protests...
  • 'Rogue' internet firm 3FN shut down

    05/24/2010 4:42:10 PM PDT · by brityank · 4 replies · 452+ views
    BBC - Technology ^ | May 24, 2010 | Staff
    'Rogue' internet firm 3FN shut down An internet firm linked to many of the internet's criminal gangs has been shut down. The US Federal Trade Commission said Belize-based 3FN aided gangs that ran botnets, carried out phishing attacks and traded in images of child abuse. The servers and net hardware of 3FN have been seized and are due to be sold off as the firm is dismantled. The operators of 3FN must also pay back $1.08m (£750,000 ) they are reputed to have made by hosting criminal sites. Servers seized The FTC began its legal action against 3FN in...
  • Photocopier Fallout - Congress, FTC "Concerned"

    05/23/2010 4:26:55 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 57 replies · 1,565+ views
    cbsnews.com ^ | May 17, 2010 | Armen Keteyian
    (CBS)  A CBS News investigation last month found that nearly every digital copier built after 2002 stores an image of documents copied, scanned or emailed by the machine on hard drives. CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian reports parents and students at Dos Palos High School in Sacramento found out the hard way recently, when CBS affiliate KOVR pulled hundreds of student names, home addresses, cell phone and social security numbers off the hard drive of an old school copier. "The fact that information that we treat very, very carefully somehow got out of our system and is out...
  • Watchdog Slams GM Ad in FTC Complaint (Deception and fraud by Obama Motors)

    05/06/2010 7:10:49 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 1 replies · 372+ views
    Ad Age ^ | 5/6/10 | Rich Thomaselli
    A wave of criticism that started two weeks ago reached a crescendo this morning when Washington-based advocacy group Competitive Enterprise Institute filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, charging General Motors with deceptive advertising. -snip- In an April 29 letter to Mr. Whitacre, Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, wrote that "your statements and the slick marketing campaign built around them constitute a lie to the American people, who have spent over $50 billion to bail out GM and currently own over 60% of the company. We...
  • Why does the Wall Street regulation overhaul give FTC authority over the Internet?

    05/03/2010 6:09:23 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies · 957+ views
    Reason ^ | May 1, 2010 | Nick Gillespie
    That's the question Ed Morrissey asks at Hot Air. Commenting on an under-publicized portion of the House version of financial reg legislation that would, in the Wash Post's summary, "allow the FTC to issue rules on a fast track and permit the agency to impose civil penalties on companies that hurt consumers," Morrissey raises a series of disturbing queries: Neither the FTC nor the Internet had anything to do with the Wall Street meltdown in 2008. If this financial-regulation bill is so desperately needed, why did House Democrats lard it up with this power grab at the FTC? Why does...
  • Congressman Waxman sneaks anti-vitamin amendment into Wall Street reform bill

    05/01/2010 8:31:43 AM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 58 replies · 1,811+ views
    Natural News ^ | Mike Adams
    Mike Adams Natural News April 30, 2010 Of all the sneaky tactics practiced in Washington D.C., this recent action by Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) is one of the most insidious: While no one was looking, he injected amendment language into the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 (H.R. 4173) that would expand the powers of the FTC (not the FDA, but the FTC) to terrorize nutritional supplement companies by greatly expanding the power of the FTC to make its own laws that target dietary supplement companies. Congressman Henry Waxman wants to give the FTC even more powers...
  • CREW files complaints with FTC, IRS against Sean Hannity, the Freedom Concerts and Alliance

    03/29/2010 3:30:15 PM PDT · by worst-case scenario · 43 replies · 2,005+ views
    http://www.citizensforethics.org/node/44511 ^ | Mar 29 2010 | Press release
    Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed complaints with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) against Sean Hannity, his Freedom Concerts, the Freedom Alliance and Lt. Col. Oliver North. Copies of the complaints were also sent to the attorney generals of the states in which concerts are scheduled to be held this summer. CREW’s FTC complaint alleges Hannity and Freedom Concerts have engaged in illegal and deceptive marketing practices by suggesting that all money generated by ticket sales for the Freedom Concerts he sponsors each summer goes to scholarships for children of...
  • LifeLock to pay $12 mln to settle charges over ads

    03/09/2010 4:14:44 PM PST · by iowamark · 16 replies · 793+ views
    Reuters ^ | 03/09/2010 | Jonathan Stempel
    CEO known for putting Social Security number in ads * FTC says ads were deceptive, overstated protections * CEO says new ads better clarify LifeLock services LifeLock Inc, which promises to protect consumers from identity theft, agreed to pay $12 million to settle claims by the Federal Trade Commission and 35 U.S. states that it overstated the value of its service. The FTC said on Tuesday the settlement bars LifeLock and its principals from making "deceptive claims" and requires the Tempe, Arizona-based company to take "more stringent measures" to safeguard the personal information of customers. The FTC said LifeLock has...
  • Intel faces antitrust lawsuit from FTC

    12/16/2009 6:38:18 AM PST · by Artemis Webb · 29 replies · 543+ views
    AP ^ | 121609 | AP
    NEW YORK – The Federal Trade Commission is suing Intel Corp., accusing the world's biggest chip maker of using its size to snuff out competition. The FTC says Intel, which makes the microprocessors that run personal computers, has shut rivals out of the marketplace. In the process, the FTC says Intel has deprived consumers of choice and stifled innovation in the chip industry. Intel has faced similar charges for years and has denied any wrongdoing. The lawsuit comes after a recent $1.25 billion settlement with rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. over similar claims.
  • FTC to Examine Possible Support of News Organizations

    12/02/2009 9:58:56 AM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies · 649+ views
    WSJ ^ | 12/2/2009 | BRENT KENDALL And THOMAS CATAN
    WASHINGTON –The head of the Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday the agency will study whether government should aid struggling news organizations, which are suffering from a collapse in advertising revenues as the internet upends their centuries-old business model. FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz's comments came during day one of a two-day "workshop" sponsored by the agency that became a forum for arguments among the heads of a diverse array of news organizations over the future of journalism. Mr. Leibowitz said his agency will examine whether government should change the way the industry is regulated, from making news-gathering companies exempt from antitrust...
  • Disney's Sorry It Couldn't Make Your Kid Smarter (Baby Einstein Finished)

    10/24/2009 6:33:04 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 49 replies · 2,079+ views
    NBC ^ | 10-24-2009
    Disney's Sorry It Couldn't Make Your Kid Smarter Blame Disney for your kid's poor test scores. The giant entertainment conglomerate Friday said it will offer refunds on its "Baby Einstein" serious of videos, conceding in a lawsuit that the video exercises didn't increase infants' intelligence despite claims it would. Lawyers threatened Disney last year that it would sue unless Disney offered a full refund -- $15.99 per video -- to customers who wished to cash in on their "Baby Einstein" stash, the New York Times reported Friday. Customers can get a discount coupon, exchange the video for a different title,...
  • Freedom of the press ought to belong to all... not just to approved 'journalists'

    10/16/2009 2:45:05 PM PDT · by abb · 20 replies · 933+ views
    Online Journalism Review ^ | October 16, 2009 | Robert Niles
    Can you do journalism and not be a "journalist"? Do people declared "journalists" get special speech and press rights that other American citizens do not enjoy? Can anyone enjoy the right to free speech and free publication, even if that individual is not a full-time professional reporter? These are some of the important legal questions that American politicians and bureaucrats must confront now that the Internet has made possible for people other than employees of major media companies to reach large and widespread audiences. In recent weeks, federal officials seems to be favoring a view that certain individuals enjoy more...
  • FTC Reassures Bloggers - Big Brother Isn't Watching

    10/14/2009 3:29:48 PM PDT · by radioone · 11 replies · 343+ views
    Legaltimes ^ | 10-14-09 | Jenna Greene
    Bloggers of the world, relax - the Federal Trade Commission is not out to get you. That was the message from Mary Engle, associate director for advertising practices at the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection.
  • FTC regulates our speech

    10/07/2009 6:11:55 PM PDT · by Smogger · 4 replies · 291+ views
    www.buzzmachine.com ^ | Monday, October 5th, 2009 at 3:53 | Jeff Jarvis
    The Federal Trade Commission just released rules to regulate product endorsements not just in advertisements but also on blogs. It is a monument to unintended consequence, hidden dangers, and dangerous assumptions. Mind you, I hate one of its apparent targets: Pay Per Post and its ilk, which attempt to co-opt the voice of bloggers. But I hate government regulation of speech more. And mind you, I am all in favor of transparency; I disclose to a comic fault here. I think that openness is the best fix for questions of trust and advise companies and politicians and certainly governments to...
  • Government To Regulate Blogs (Please get this info out!)

    10/07/2009 11:30:30 AM PDT · by U of IL Conservative · 10 replies · 696+ views
    Americans for Tax Reform ^ | October 6, 2009 | Tim Andrews
    Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission issued an 81 page document entitled “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” requiring bloggers who write testimonials about products to disclose gifts or payments they receive. So if a company sends you a dollar-store toy, you will be scrutinized by the government, regardless whether you were asked to post a review or not. Whether it be free review copies of books, trips to oil rigs, payments, t-shirts, whatever it is, you better disclose it, to Uncle Sam, or, as the Washington Post reports, you’ll be fined up to $11,000 in fines...