14 Apr 2020

US consumers report $12M in COVID-19 scam losses since January

Today, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) stated that $12 million has been lost to COVID-19 themed scams. The FTC analyzed more than 16,000 COVID-19 related consumer reports the agency has received since January 2020. The median consumer loss was $570, according to the agency. California reported the most complaints

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10 Dec 2019

FTC: Cambridge Analytica Deceived Facebook Users

The FTC has ruled that Cambridge Analytica deceived tens of millions of Facebook users by harvesting their personal data. The FTC recently confirmed the allegations made in July, stating that the company aimed to influence the 2016 elections. The FTC stated that the app specifically told users that it would

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10 Dec 2019

‘Government Imposter’ Scammers Pay $1.2 Million in FTC Settlement

A settlement with the Federal Trade Commission requires three companies controlled by Thomas Henry Fred Jr. to pay $1.2 million for their involvement in a government imposter scheme, as well as a ban on sending further unsolicited direct mail to businesses. The campaign involved mailing thousands of business letters meant

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24 Oct 2019

FTC Issues Guidance On Protecting Against SIM Swap Attacks

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning people about SIM swapping attacks that aim to assign the phone number of a victim to a SIM card controlled by the attacker. The threat actor can subsequently use this phone number to obtain access to email and other user accounts of

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23 Oct 2019

FTC bars company from selling “stalking” apps

Software developer Retina-X Studio is no longer allowed to sell three of its apps designed for monitoring employees and children, because the “stalkerware” applications are often used by cybercriminals to spy on users without their consent, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) determined on Tuesday. The FTC wants the company

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18 Oct 2019

New US Privacy Bill Would Intro Jail Time for CEOs

Democratic US Senator Ron Wyden has introduced new privacy legislation that aims to establish a national “Do Not Track” system empowering users to prevent organizations from tracking their online activities and profiting off of their personal data. Under the bill, companies who violate user privacy could receive fines of up

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05 Sep 2019

Google and YouTube part with $170 million to settle alleged violations of kid’s privacy

Google and YouTube have agreed to pay $170 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and New York Attorney General over the tech firms’ alleged violations of the privacy of children. The FTC and New York Attorney General have accused YouTube and its parent

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01 Aug 2019

FTC on Equifax settlement: Take credit monitoring over cash

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Wednesday advised people impacted by the 2017 Equifax breach to apply for 10 years of free credit monitoring instead of a cash payout, because it is unclear how much money they would get if they pick the latter, but due to the high

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25 Jul 2019

Facebook Set For Major Privacy Overhaul Following Fine

Facebook has pledged to take a wholly different approach to security and privacy following the record $5 billion fine the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently imposed on the tech giant for violating the privacy of users in the context of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. While privacy advocates have expressed doubt

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23 Jul 2019

What you should know about the Equifax data breach settlement

Equifax will pay a minimum of $575 million, and potentially up to $700 million for failing to properly protect people’s data, the company has agreed as part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

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