Proposed FTC settlement is a disservice to Zoom customers, says Commissioner

Proposed FTC settlement is a disservice to Zoom customers, says Commissioner

Zoom and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have come to a tentative settlement agreement regarding the video conferencing company’s false advertising of end-to-end encryption along with other issues.

Zoom strong-armed by US watchdog to beef up security after boasting of end-to-end encryption that didn't exist

Zoom strong-armed by US watchdog to beef up security after boasting of end-to-end encryption that didn't exist

The commission's investigation also dug into Zoom’s earlier claim it offered 256-bit end-to-end encryption when in fact the feature didn't actually exist – the software maker says it has since implemented the technology.

Facebook Promises Privacy Reform. Critics Aren't Convinced

Facebook Promises Privacy Reform. Critics Aren't Convinced

As part of the agreement, Facebook is sharing quarterly and annual updates with the FTC on its progress; the company is submitting its first quarterly report at the end of this week.

Former FTC commissioners call for robust federal privacy law under FTC authority: Senate hearing

Former FTC commissioners call for robust federal privacy law under FTC authority: Senate hearing

Former FTC Commissioners Julie Brill (2010-2016), William Kovacic (2006-2011), Maureen Ohlhausen (2012-2018), and Jon Leibowitz (2009-2013) testified on the urgent need for a federal data privacy law, what it should look like, and which agency should be the governing body.

Twitter used phone numbers gathered for account security to sell ads

Twitter used phone numbers gathered for account security to sell ads

New York (CNN Business)Twitter "inadvertently" used phone numbers and email addresses its users provided for account security purposes to target ads, the company said Tuesday.Twitter users are asked to provide information like their phone number to help secure their account through services such as two-factor authentication.

OnePlus phones will have Facebook pre-installed

OnePlus phones will have Facebook pre-installed

Speaking to Android Police, OnePlus has since confirmed that it has struck a deal to include Facebook App Installer, Facebook Services, and Facebook App Manager as system apps on its latest smartphones — namely OnePlus 8, 8 Pro, and Nord.

Instagram promises to fix bug after being exposed by always accessing the camera on iOS 14

Instagram promises to fix bug after being exposed by always accessing the camera on iOS 14

We have already covered here some apps that were caught accessing users’ clipboard thanks to a new feature of iOS 14, but that’s not all.The expected behavior, of course, is for the app to access the camera only when necessary — such as when you open the Instagram Stories composer.

FTC fines HyperBeard $150,000 for illegally collecting children's data

FTC fines HyperBeard $150,000 for illegally collecting children's data

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had fined children’s app developer HyperBeard for $4 million but the company pleaded it only had $150,000 to pay for allegedly collecting children’s data in an unlawful way.

YouTube decides it’s easier to treat all watchers of kids’ content as kids

YouTube decides it’s easier to treat all watchers of kids’ content as kids

According to the FTC complaint, while Google said internally that it had no "child-directed" content and didn't need to worry about COPPA, it was at the same time telling companies such as Mattel and Hasbro that "YouTube was unanimously voted as the favorite website for kids 2-12" and "93 percent of tweens visit YouTube to watch videos.".

Dozens of US states are reportedly ganging up on Facebook and Google by launching antitrust investigations

Dozens of US states are reportedly ganging up on Facebook and Google by launching antitrust investigations

The Journal said t he Facebook probe will be led by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who has voiced concern before over how tech giants handle personal data.

Senator says Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg should face 'possibility of a prison term'

Senator says Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg should face 'possibility of a prison term'

U.S Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), in an interview with Willamette Week, suggested that Mark Zuckerberg should face a prison term for lying to American citizens about Facebook's privacy lapses."Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly lied to the American people about privacy," Senator Wyden said in the interview.

Proposed bill would make monopolies pay “serious” fines

Proposed bill would make monopolies pay “serious” fines

The proposed law basically seeks to deter anticompetitive and monopolistic behavior by charging great gobs of money against the companies that get caught doing it.And in that same week, Facebook said it was the target of an FTC antitrust investigation, separate from the FTC's probes into its privacy practices.

Facebook hit with new questions over Cambridge Analytica

Facebook hit with new questions over Cambridge Analytica

Facebook is facing new questions over its handling of the Cambridge Analytica debacle even after a record settlement with the FTC ended a year-long investigation by regulators into the matter.

U.S. FTC probes Facebook's acquisition practices - WSJ

U.S. FTC probes Facebook's acquisition practices - WSJ

The company's acquisition practices are the main focus of the probe, as the FTC looks into Facebook buying technology-based startups to keep them from challenging it, the report said.

The FTC's Settlement With Equifax Is Such A Joke, The FTC Is Now Begging You Not To Ask For A Cash Settlement

The FTC's Settlement With Equifax Is Such A Joke, The FTC Is Now Begging You Not To Ask For A Cash Settlement

apparently too many people signed up and now the FTC is helping Equifax by telling people not to ask for money from the company any more. First, though, the good: all 147 million people can ask for and get free credit monitoring.

Actually you're not getting that $125 from Equifax, warns the FTC

Actually you're not getting that $125 from Equifax, warns the FTC

"You can still choose the cash option on the claim form," notes the agency, "but you will be disappointed with the amount you receive and you won’t get the free credit monitoring.". WATCH: How to get free money or credit monitoring from the Equifax data breach.

Privacy Group Files Legal Challenge to Facebook’s $5 Billion F.T.C. Settlement

Privacy Group Files Legal Challenge to Facebook’s $5 Billion F.T.C. Settlement

EPIC requested a hearing where the court could review the fairness of the Facebook agreement and consider consumer groups’ complaints. If the court decides to grant such a hearing, a judge could require the trade commission to review outstanding consumer complaints and alter the terms of the proposed settlement.

FTC fines Facebook $5 billion, imposes new privacy oversight

FTC fines Facebook $5 billion, imposes new privacy oversight

In addition to the $5 billion fine, which goes straight to the US Treasury, the new order requires Facebook to establish and adhere to a new governance structure for reviewing user privacy on its services, including Instagram and WhatsApp. The company's board of directors must form an independent privacy committee, removing "unfettered control" of decisions affecting user privacy from CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Facebook settles with FTC: $5 billion and new privacy guarantees

Facebook settles with FTC: $5 billion and new privacy guarantees

Facebook assessed $5 billion penalty, subjected to sweeping new restrictions on user privacy decisions to settle FTC charges the company violated a 2012 FTC order by deceiving users about their ability to control privacy of their personal info.

A new Facebook privacy flaw allowed thousands of children on Messenger Kids to enter group chats with strangers

A new Facebook privacy flaw allowed thousands of children on Messenger Kids to enter group chats with strangers

According to the report, Messenger Kids had a design flaw that allows for a situation in which a child can enter a group chat with other users — including adults — who hadn't been preapproved by their parents.

Equifax to Pay $575 Million as Part of Settlement with FTC, CFPB, and States Related to 2017 Data Breach

Equifax to Pay $575 Million as Part of Settlement with FTC, CFPB, and States Related to 2017 Data Breach

Equifax Inc. has agreed to pay at least $575 million, and potentially up to $700 million, as part of a global settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and 50 U.S. states and territories, which alleged that the credit reporting company’s failure to take reasonable steps to secure its network led to a data breach in 2017 that affected approximately 147 million people.

FTC reaches reported settlement with Google over YouTube child privacy violations

FTC reaches reported settlement with Google over YouTube child privacy violations

The settlement concludes that Google did not adequately shield children who were using the platform and collected their data in violation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), The Washington Post reports, citing two sources.

Opinion | Intel Executive: Rein In Data Brokers

Opinion | Intel Executive: Rein In Data Brokers

It is easier than ever for sensitive information to spread, and we urgently need legislation that allows the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general to protect Americans from having their personal data collected and sold without their consent.

Attack by Chinese hacker group targeted high-profile individuals around the world

Attack by Chinese hacker group targeted high-profile individuals around the world

A hacker attack of impressive magnitude targeted specific individuals of interest to the Chinese government as they moved around the world, in what appears to be the first such operation in the history of cyberespionage.

Cambridge Analytica: 'US regulators approve $5bn Facebook fine'

Cambridge Analytica: 'US regulators approve $5bn Facebook fine'

Media captionHow the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal unfolded US regulators have approved a record $5bn (£4bn) fine on Facebook to settle an investigation into data privacy violations, reports in US media say. The FTC began investigating Facebook in March 2018, following reports that Cambridge Analytica had accessed the data of tens of millions of its users.

Facebook to be slapped with $5 billion fine for privacy lapses, say reports

Facebook to be slapped with $5 billion fine for privacy lapses, say reports

Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill April 11, 2018 in Washington, DC.The Federal Trade Commission approved an approximately $5 billion settlement with over the company's 2018 Cambridge Analytica scandal, a person familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.

Facebook falls following report that Zuckerberg emails link him to controversial privacy practices

Facebook falls following report that Zuckerberg emails link him to controversial privacy practices

stock dipped on a Wall Street Journal report that the company has uncovered emails linking CEO Mark Zuckerberg to the social media giant's controversial privacy practices.

Facebook worries emails could show Zuckerberg knew of questionable privacy practices: WSJ

Facebook worries emails could show Zuckerberg knew of questionable privacy practices: WSJ

Within the company, the unearthing of the emails in the process of responding to a continuing federal privacy investigation has raised concerns that they would be harmful to Facebook, at least from a public-relations standpoint, if they were to become public, the WSJ reported.

Facebook CEO may have known of questionable privacy practices: WSJ

Facebook CEO may have known of questionable privacy practices: WSJ

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc emails appear to show Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg’s involvement in discussions about its much criticized privacy practices, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Democrats Need to Tame the Facebook Monster They Helped Create

Democrats Need to Tame the Facebook Monster They Helped Create

Democratic leaders Frank Pallone and Jan Schakowksy did an oversight review of Facebook’s regulator, the Federal Trade Commission, with all five commissioners, including Chairman Joe Simons, advancing ideas on how to address privacy rules in America today.