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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is an independent agency of the United States government, established in 1914 by the Federal Trade Commission Act. Its principal mission is the promotion of consumer protection and the enforcement of civil (non-criminal) U.S. antitrust law through the elimination and prevention of anticompetitive business practices, such as coercive monopoly. It is headquartered in the Federal Trade Commission Building in Washington, D.C.

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AT&T "baited" customers with unlimited data plans, FTC says

Telecom will offer $60 million in refunds to settle complaint that it slowed users' mobile internet service
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AT&T to pay $60 million to settle 'unlimited data' throttling case with FTC

Wireless carrier offered "unlimited" plan, then reduced data speeds by "throttling," when customers consumed too much data.
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California probing Facebook, demands subpoenaed documents [Video]California probing Facebook, demands subpoenaed documents

California is investigating Facebook Inc's disclosure of user data to Cambridge Analytica and other partners. Zachary Goelman reports.

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Sunday Riley Settles Complaint That It Faked Product Reviews

After the F.T.C. accused the cosmetics firm of posting reviews of its products from made-up profiles, the company agreed not to engage in illegal conduct in the future — but did not admit wrongdoing.
NYTimes.com - Published

FTC bars company from selling "stalking" apps

Federal regulators said hackers used one company's technology to spy on users' location and online activities
CBS News - Published

Facebook the focus of U.S. Justice Department and state AGs meeting

U.S. state attorneys general investigating Facebook Inc for alleged anti-competitive practices met on Monday with officials of the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission, New York Attorney..
Reuters - Published

State attorneys general meet in Washington to discuss Facebook

U.S. state attorneys general investigating Facebook Inc met on Monday with officials of the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission, both of which are probing the social media giant.
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FTC orders Juul, R.J. Reynolds, other vaping companies to provide key documents

The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday ordered six vaping companies to turn over documents detailing their business practices and performance.
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AdvoCare fined $150 million as FTC calls it a pyramid scheme

Multi-level marketing company known for its celebrity endorsers offered people "chance to quit their regular job"
CBS News - Published

Match.com Used Fake Ads to Swindle Users, F.T.C. Says

In a lawsuit, the government agency contended that the dating site tried to dupe hundreds of thousands of consumers into buying dating subscriptions.
NYTimes.com - Published

FTC sues Match.com over fake "love interest" messages

Dating site let scammers contact free users in order to push them into paying for subscriptions, government says
CBS News - Published

Fed watchdogs warn vaping companies over marketing practices

FTC and FDA say social media posts promoting "e-liquids" must include required federal warning about nicotine
CBS News - Published

Amazon facing antitrust probe over its marketplace, report says

FTC officials have been reportedly interviewing small businesses as part of a potentially larger antitrust probe into Amazon, a Bloomberg report says.
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Feds warn CBD companies against unfounded health claims

FTC tells cannabidiol sellers it's illegal to tout products as a cure or way to prevent disease without evidence
CBS News - Published

Google pays record fine for YouTube's violation of children's privacy

Google has agreed to pay a record $170 million fine to the Federal Trade Commission and New York state stemming from YouTube's violation of children's privacy. The company also agreed to make changes..
CBS News - Published

Google fined $170M for violating kids' privacy on Youtube

Video platform illegally harvested children's online data without getting their parents' consent, FTC says
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YouTube Said to Be Fined Up to $200 Million for Children’s Privacy Violations

The fine, from the Federal Trade Commission, could have significant repercussions for other social media platforms that are popular with children.
NYTimes.com - Published

Juul Labs reportedly facing scrutiny for allegedly targeting minors

The federal government is reportedly investigating the e-cigarette giant Juul Labs, as the company faces increasing scrutiny over the rise in youth vaping. Reports say the FTC and attorneys general in..
CBS News - Published

Eye Opener: The mainland braces for Hurricane Dorian

Florida races to prepare for Hurricane Dorian. Also, the FTC is reportedly looking to see if e-cigarette maker Juul used deceptive marketing to target minors. All that and all that matters in today's..
CBS News - Published

YouTube Kids: The video streaming app is launching a separate 'safer' website for children

YouTube is set to launch a separate kids-only website following a reported FTC settlement. However, adult content could still slip through the cracks.
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Proposed laws could change how consumers get smartphones repaired

Twenty states are considering so-called "Right to Repair" bills. The Federal Trade Commission is asking for public comments on whether people should be able to get their electronics fixed by a third..
CBS News - Published

Gift-card scam targets people of faith, FTC warns

Fraudsters are pretending to be priests, rabbis and other religious leaders to solicit gift-card donations
CBS News - Published

Equifax settlement claims: The FTC says watch out for fake websites trying to scam you

Following the Equifax data breach, you can submit a claim to cover the cost of protecting yourself from identity theft, but be wary of scammers.
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Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes reportedly working with FTC on Facebook breakup

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes is reportedly in talks with the US government about breaking up the social networking company.
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Prevagen maker must face FTC, New York claims that memory supplement does not work

Quincy Bioscience failed to dismiss a lawsuit in which the Federal Trade Commission and New York attorney general said it deceptively marketed the dietary supplement Prevagen by claiming it improved..
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On day of settlement with FTC, Facebook CEO again calls for greater regulations

On day of $5-billion settlement with FTC, Facebook announces $16.9-billion revenue quarter, up 8% from prior year, with $2 billion included in release.
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Facebook confirms it faces FTC antitrust probe

Despite mounting regulatory scrutiny, the social media company earned $4.6 billion in its most recent quarter
CBS News - Published

Facebook-FTC deal means a $5B fine for social network, but not much on face for users

Facebook’s $5 billion settlement with the FTC is a done deal, but what will it mean for users? Not much will change for consumers, experts say.  
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Facebook fined $5 billion by FTC, must update and adopt new privacy, security measures

The Federal Trade Commission says Facebook will be a safer social network due to the agency's $5 billion settlement over privacy violations.  
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F.T.C. Orders Facebook to Add Oversight of Data Practices

The F.T.C. fined Facebook $5 billion and placed new conditions on Facebook for privacy violations, but did not restrict the social network’s ability to gather and use people’s personal information.
NYTimes.com - Published

How to claim your share of $700 million Equifax settlement

Victims who can show they were harmed by data breach are eligible for up to $20,000 cash under company's deal with FTC
CBS News - Published

Consumer group wants FTC to probe Amazon over paid reviews

Consumer watchdog urges regulator to examine whether the online retailer failed to disclose paid product plugs
CBS News - Published

Equifax to pay up to $700 million in FTC settlement over security breach

Equifax reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and other agencies over allegations stemming from its data security breach.
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Posting a negative review online can get you sued

Some consumers who have shared their bad experiences have wound up in court; the FTC is now cracking down on businesses that put gag clauses in their consumer contracts
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Equifax could pay $700 million to settle with FTC over 2017 data breach, report says

The 2017 Equifax data breach was one of the nation's largest breaches. Now it appears that Equifax could be close to settling with the FTC and states.
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Facebook fined $5 billion for mishandling users' data

Regulators at the FTC have slapped Facebook with a record fine, but some lawmakers are criticizing the nearly $5 billion penalty as a drop in the bucket. CNET editor-at-large Ian Sherr joins CBSN with..
CBS News - Published

Robocall 'crackdown': FTC blocks more than a billion illegal calls, but problem festers

The Federal Trade Commission blocked more than a billion illegal robocalls in a "crackdown" coordinated with law enforcement agencies.
USATODAY.com - Published

Federal Trade Commission announces major crackdown on robocalls

The Federal Trade Commission and law enforcement plan to file charges against several companies and individuals as part of a major government clampdown on illegal robocalls. The mission, known as..
CBS News - Published

Why YouTube, under FTC probe, "could be a lot safer" for kids

CBS News has confirmed that Youtube is under federal investigation, and is accused of illegally collecting data on children. The platform has also been accused of exposing children to inappropriate..
CBS News - Published

Report: Emails may prove Mark Zuckerberg knew about Facebook privacy issues

A new report by the Wall Street Journal says internal emails from Facebook may prove CEO Mark Zuckerberg was aware of privacy issues on the social network. This comes as the FTC is investigating the..
CBS News - Published

Feds investigating major tech companies for antitrust violations

The federal government is set to look into four major tech companies for potential antitrust violations. The Federal Trade Commission will investigate Amazon and Facebook while the Department of..
CBS News - Published

DOJ may launch antitrust investigate of Apple, report says

During Apple's WWDC conference, a report came out that the Department of Justice and FTC met recently to give DOJ jurisdiction to investigate Apple.
USATODAY.com - Published

Amazon and Google face antitrust questions

The Justice Department and FTC have split oversight over Amazon and Google as a possible antitrust investigation looms. Google alone has faced three fines in Europe for violating antitrust laws, and..
CBS News - Published

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