FTC sues Amazon over kids’ in-app purchases

The Federal Trade Commission has sued Amazon for charging parents for unauthorized in-app purchases made by their children. In a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, the regulator is seeking a court order requiring Amazon to refund all unauthorized charges made through its Appstore, as well as an… Read More


Amazon faces potential lawsuit by the FTC over in-app purchases made by children

Amazon is fighting claims by the Federal Trade Commission, which charge that it failed to get parents’ permission for purchases made by children inside applications on its Kindle Fire tablets. The Federal Trade Commission’s investigation into the Seattle retailer’s practices are not public, however, The Wall Street Journal reports it was able to obtain documents sent yesterday by Amazon… Read More

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FTC goes after T-Mobile over cell phone bill “cramming”

The Federal Trade Commission has filed a lawsuit against T-Mobile, alleging that the Bellevue-based wireless carrier made millions of dollars by allowing third-party services to bill customers without those customers knowledge or consent. The agency alleges that customers were charged through third-party billing, which lets a provider inform a carrier that someone has requested a… Read More

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Apple to pay at least $32.5M over kids’ in-app purchases

Apple will enter into a consent decree with the Federal Trade Commission to refund users for unauthorized charges incurred within apps targeting children, totaling at least $32.5 million, regulators announced this morning. Although Apple settled a lawsuit last year over the marketing of in-app purchases to children, the FTC consent decree seeks to ensure that the… Read More


HTC settles FTC charges over mobile security holes

HTC America has settled FTC charges alleging that lax security practices on its smartphones and tablets left the door open for malicious programs to hijack phones and compromise the privacy of millions of users. The FTC complaint says HTC’s use of the logging programs Carrier IQ and HTC Loggers, combined with programming flaws, created the potential… Read More


FTC closes Google investigation, says search giant will change business practices

The Federal Trade Commission has closed its antitrust investigation into Google, announcing what regulators describe as “landmark agreements” to change the search giant’s business practices in areas including patents and online advertising. The deal clears Google of allegations of bias toward its own products in its search results. “Google’s primary reason for changing the look… Read More


FTC investigating Intelius, and other so-called ‘data brokers’

Intelius, the Bellevue-based company led by entrepreneur Naveen Jain, is among the companies being investigated by the The Federal Trade Commission for practices of how they capture consumer data. The Consumerist has more details, noting that the FTC is looking into how Intelius and the others collect and use data about consumers. Here’s what the FTC… Read More