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What you missed in cybersecurity this week

It’s been a busy week — it’s tough to keep up with all the cybersecurity news. We’ve collected some of the biggest cybersecurity stories from the week — from TechCrunch and afar — to keep you up to date with the latest hacks, privacy breaches and security stories you need to know. Facebook now says its password leak affected ‘millions’ of Instagram users TechCrunch: As all eyes were on attorney general William Barr giving his highly anticipated summary of the Mueller report out this week, Face...
Tags: Security, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Utah, Instagram, Privacy, Washington Post, Russia, India, Dnc, Tech, Iran, Cnn, Hack, Fbi, Hillary Clinton


FTC May Hold Zuckerberg Personally Responsible For Facebook Privacy Failures

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Federal Trade Commission officials are discussing whether to hold Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally accountable for Facebook's privacy failures, according to reports by The Washington Post and NBC News. Facebook has been trying to protect Zuckerberg from that possibility in negotiations with the FTC, the Post wrote. Federal regulators investigating Facebook are "exploring his past statements on privacy and weighing whether to seek new,...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Post, Nbc, Tech, The Washington Post, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Zuckerberg, NBC News Facebook, Facebook Privacy Failures, NBC FTC


Report: FTC considering oversight of Facebook’s Zuckerberg

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are reportedly considering seeking some kind of oversight over Mark Zuckerberg’s leadership of Facebook over the social network giant’s mishandling of users’ personal information. The Washington Post reported Friday that discussions between Facebook and Federal Trade Commission officials about its data-handing lapses have touched on holding the CEO personally accountable. […]
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Business, Technology, News, Washington Post, Washington, Ap, Nation, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Zuckerberg


Mark Zuckerberg May, Personally, Be in Big Trouble With the FTC

Two sources familiar with the Federal Trade Commission’s investigation into Facebook say that Mark Zuckerberg himself is now a target. According to The Washington Post, the agency wants to hold the company’s co-founder, chief executive, and board chairman—Zuck is all of those things—accountable for mishandling…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, The Washington Post, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Zuck, Facebook privacy, Crimes and Misdemeanors




On ‘Made in America,’ Trump’s F.T.C. Appointees May Be Out of Step With Him

Democrats on the Federal Trade Commission want to penalize companies that falsely market products as American made, but the president’s appointees reject that approach.
Tags: News, America, Federal Trade Commission, Trump, Appointments and Executive Changes, Politics And Government, United States Politics and Government, International Trade and World Market, Fines (Penalties


The FTC said Chicago online lender Avant, which charges up to 36% interest, deceived borrowers. Now Avant is paying $3.9M.

Chicago-based online lender Avant has agreed to pay $3.85 million to consumers to settle a Federal Trade Commission complaint that the fast-growing company engaged in deceptive and unfair loan servicing practices. A breakout financial technology success story, Avant allegedly failed to credit loan...
Tags: Chicago, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Avant


TikTok downloads banned on iOS and Android in India over porn and other illegal content

TikTok, the user-generated video sharing app from Chinese publisher Bytedance that has been a global runaway success, has stumbled hard in one of the world’s biggest mobile markets, India, over illicit content in its app. Today, the country’s main digital communications regulator, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, ordered both Apple and Google to remove the app from its app stores, per a request from High Court in Madras after the latter investigated and determined that ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, Apps, Asia, Supreme Court, Privacy, Children, India, US, Tech, High Court, Policy, Pornography, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc


TikTok downloads ordered to be blocked on iOS and Android in India over porn and other illegal content

TikTok, the user-generated video sharing app from Chinese publisher Bytedance that has been a global runaway success, has stumbled hard in one of the world’s biggest mobile markets, India, over illicit content in its app. Today, the country’s main digital communications regulator, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, ordered both Apple and Google to remove the app from its app stores, per a request from High Court in Madras after the latter investigated and determined that ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, Apps, Asia, Supreme Court, Privacy, Children, India, US, Tech, High Court, Policy, Pornography, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc


Apple and Qualcomm’s Global Fight Heads to Court in San Diego

The battle between the companies, once partners, could affect the division of billions of dollars in smartphone profits and, perhaps, how much consumers pay for phones.
Tags: Cook, News, Smartphones, Federal Trade Commission, Apple Inc, Royalties, Qualcomm Inc, Intel Corporation, Wireless Communications, Computer Chips, Antitrust Laws and Competition Issues, Timothy D, Mollenkopf, Inventions and Patents, Steven M, 5G (Wireless Communications


A New Bill Would Force Companies To Check Their Algorithms For Bias

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: U.S. lawmakers have introduced a bill that would require large companies to audit machine learning-powered systems -- like facial recognition or ad targeting algorithms -- for bias. The Algorithmic Accountability Act is sponsored by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), with a House equivalent sponsored by Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY). If passed, it would ask the Federal Trade Commission to create rules for evaluating "highly sensitive...
Tags: Tech, House, Federal Trade Commission, Ron Wyden, Yvette Clarke, Senators Cory Booker D NJ


Uncle Sam wants to tackle bias in algorithms by ordering tech corps to explain how their machines really work

New bill grants the FTC powers to investigate companies US senators introduced a bill on Wednesday that will allow the Federal Trade Commission to inspect if corporations are using algorithms that are biased, discriminatory, and insecure.…
Tags: US, Software, Sam, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc


Democrats draw up bill that would require tech platforms to assess algorithmic bias

Democratic lawmakers have proposed a bill to address the algorithmic biases lurking under the surface of tech’s biggest platforms. The bill, known as the Algorithmic Accountability Act, was introduced by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Representative Yvette Clarke (D-NY) will sponsor parallel legislation in the House. The bill is well timed. Over the last month alone, Facebook found itself settling over discriminatory practices that affected job ads as well as drawing civ...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Government, Senate, Tech, House, Ted Cruz, Clarke, Hud, Discrimination, Bias, Booker, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Ron Wyden, Cory Booker


How to stop robocalls spamming your phone

No matter what your politics, beliefs, or even your sports team, we can all agree on one thing: robocalls are the scourge of modern times. These unsolicited auto-dialed spam calls bug you dozens of times a week — sometimes more — demanding you “pay the IRS” or pretend to be “Apple technical support.” Even the now-infamous Chinese embassy scam, recently warned about by the FBI, has gained notoriety. These robocallers spoof their phone number to peddle scams and tricks — but the calls are real. So...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Security, Startups, Verizon, Europe, Fcc, Privacy, Samsung, Telemarketing, Smartphones, Fbi, United States, Comcast, Ofcom


Senators Introduce Bill to Stop 'Dark Patterns' Huge Platforms Use to Trick Users

Senators Mark Warner (D-Virginia) and Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska) have introduced legislation to ban so-called “dark patterns” tactics designed to trick users into handing over access to their data, Reuters reported on Tuesday.Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Technology, Privacy, Virginia, Cybersecurity, Nebraska, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Platforms, Mark Warner, Reuters, Deb Fischer


U.S. senators take aim at Big Tech's 'dark patterns'

Two U.S. senators introduced a bipartisan bill that would ban "manipulative" design features and prompts that let large websites such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google or Facebook Inc. "trick consumers into handing over their personal data." Democratic Senator Mark Warner and Republican Senator Deb Fischer introduced the bill on so-called "dark patterns" on Tuesday, according to a news release from Warner’s office. Such features, based on behavioral psychology, include pre-checked boxes or pop-ups in...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Washington, Advertising, House, Warner, Senate Intelligence Committee, Federal Trade Commission, Mark Warner, Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc, Deb Fischer, Big Tech, Facebook Twitter and Google, Harry Brignull


Proposed bill would forbid big tech platforms from using dark pattern design

A new piece of bipartisan legislation aims to protect people from one of the sketchiest practices that tech companies employ to subtly influence user behavior. Known as “dark patterns,” this dodgy design strategy often pushes users toward giving up their privacy unwittingly and allowing a company deeper access to their personal data. To fittingly celebrate the one year anniversary of Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance before Congress, Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Deb Fischer (R-NE) have proposed th...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Privacy, Identity Management, Congress, Government, Tech, United States, Warner, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Digital Rights, Terms Of Service, Mark Warner


Burger King says sorry. And ad industry groups try to influence Congress: Tuesday Wake-Up Call

Welcome to Ad Age’s Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital news. You can get an audio version of this briefing on your Alexa device. Search for "Ad Age" under "Skills" in the Alexa app. What people are talking about today Burger King apologized and pulled an ad to plug its Vietnamese Sweet Chilli Tendercrisp burger that was sent from its New Zealand Instagram account. The video clip showed people trying, awkwardly, to eat the burgers with chopsticks. Twi...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, Twitter, Congress, China, Amc, Advertising, America, Bloomberg, Shanghai, New Zealand, San Francisco Giants, The Onion, Jezebel, Audi, Heinz


United States: Labor Unions, Advocacy Groups, And Academics Ask Federal Trade Commission To Issue Rules Banning Non-Competes - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Academics and advocacy groups have filed a petition with the Federal Trade Commission asking the agency to initiate the rulemaking process and ban non-compete agreements.
Tags: News, United States, Federal Trade Commission, Seyfarth Shaw, Labor Unions Advocacy Groups


TrustPilot Is Trying to Crack Down on the ‘Epidemic’ of Fake Reviews

Fraud floods the internet--fake users generate fake traffic to fake websites giving fake clicks and sending fake impressions. And don't forget fake reviews, which have persisted for more than a decade. Just last month, the Federal Trade Commission fined an Amazon retailer more than $12 million for buying four- and five-star reviews for its branded...
Tags: Amazon, Advertising, Federal Trade Commission, Programmatic, Ad Tech & Mar Tech


FTC to Hold Workshop on Video Game Loot Boxes in August

The Federal Trade Commission is holding a public workshop on Aug. 7 to examine the consumer protection issues surrounding video game loot boxes, it announced on Friday. The workshop is called “Inside the Game: Unlocking the Consumer Issues Surrounding Loot Boxes,” and it will feature industry representatives, consumer advocates, trade associations, academics, and government officials. […]
Tags: News, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Loot Boxes


Content Groups Warn FTC Over ‘Troubling’ Application of EU Privacy Laws

WASHINGTON — Groups representing producers, filmmakers and other content creators are warning the Federal Trade Commission over the unintended consequences of adopting sweeping online privacy laws akin to those in the European Union. The FTC is reviewing privacy regulations and has been holding a series of hearings, including one scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. CreativeFuture, […]
Tags: Politics, News, Washington, European Union, Piracy, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Creativefuture, EU Privacy Laws


Chinese robocalls continue to vex San Gabriel Valley residents

San Gabriel Councilman Chin Ho Liao likes to make himself available to the residents he represents. He’s not shy about giving out his cellphone number to residents who want to air their concerns. But the problem with picking up every call, he said, is that many of them are the same: a recording which sometimes begins with music, and a Mandarin-speaking woman warning you are wanted in China. Or you owe money. Or you have urgent documents to pick up before a deadline. “It’s crazy,” Liao said. “Eve...
Tags: New York, Fcc, Australia, California, China, Bank Of America, Sport, Fbi, Canada, Soccer, Social Security, Federal Communications Commission, Local News, Public Safety, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc


A BBC Investigation Turned Up Extensive Child Predator Activity on TikTok

Just weeks after being hit with a record $5.7 million fine from the Federal Trade Commission for collecting personal information from children under the age of 13 without parental consent, TikTok finds itself in hot water yet again, this time for more serious issues related to kids across the pond. Marco Silva of BBC Trending...
Tags: Advertising, Bbc, Federal Trade Commission, Marco Silva, Publishers & Platforms


Women Entrepreneurs: 3 Smart Ways to Self-Fund a New Business

How do women entrepreneurs finance their small businesses in 2019? According to the 650 female small business owners surveyed in Visa’s State of Female Entrepreneurship study, 61% chose to self-fund their own startup. The decision to self-fund, according to the report, is one that the majority of women in business often make out of necessity. Those surveyed reported it was difficult to obtain the funding they needed for their companies—only 25% of female entrepreneurs received any type of fundin...
Tags: Google, Sales, Washington Dc, Women In Business, Federal Trade Commission, Bootstrapping, Ftc, Grants, SBA, Small Business Administration SBA, Financing & Credit, SBA loans, Fund A Business, Self-funding, Visa 's State of Female Entrepreneurship


With More Than 8 Billion Things, Where Are the IoT Privacy Laws?

No knows for sure how many "things" are connected to the Internet, but the Federal Trade Commission reported last year that it was more than 8 billion, and that it would exceed 20 billion by the end of 2020! Astonishing as it seems, it turns out that U.S. privacy laws do not apply to all of those devices and the data they collect. So, for the third time in three years, the Senate has proposed a new law, the Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019, which actually would apply ...
Tags: Ecommerce, Senate, Federal Trade Commission


Droga5’s big move. Plus, another Facebook user-data scandal: Thursday Wake-Up Call

Welcome to Ad Age’s Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital news. You can get an audio version of this briefing on your Alexa device. Search for "Ad Age under "Skills" in the Alexa app. What people are talking about today Droga5, the lauded indie creative agency, won’t be independent much longer. It’s being acquired by Accenture Interactive in perhaps the most striking sign yet of consultancies advancing into ad agencies’ territory. The move “could put to re...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Advertising, Mexico City, Guinness World Records, Harry, Accenture, Duke, Wall Street Journal, Cnbc, Sussex, Federal Trade Commission, Alexa, Ftc, Bloomberg News


FTC targets suspicious ad claims by diamond and CBD brands: Marketer's Brief

Welcome to the latest edition of Marketer's Brief, a quick take on marketing news, moves and trends from Ad Age's reporters and editors. Send tips/suggestions to [email protected] Dry January has come and gone, and spring's arrival means drinking weather is here. But consumers are still keeping a close eye on their alcohol intake, giving rise to a spate of new low-alc beers. Get the scoop on two of the newest offerings below, along with how Kraft is trying to keep is Lunchables brand relevant....
Tags: Amazon, Advertising, Colin Kaepernick, Nike, Amazon Prime, Pennsylvania, Fda, General Mills, Kraft, Vermont, Federal Trade Commission, Molson, Luna, Ftc, Millercoors, Marcus


‘Predatory’ Scientific Publisher Is Hit With a $50 Million Judgment

The Federal Trade Commission accused Omics International, a publisher in India, of operating hundreds of fake research journals with deceptive business practices.
Tags: News, India, Research, Federal Trade Commission, University Of Colorado, Ethics and Official Misconduct, Academic and Scientific Journals, Omics International


United States: In Privacy We (Anti)Trust: Regulators Worldwide Consider Competition Law As Tool For Consumer Protection - Reed Smith

On February 26, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Bureau of Competition announced a new Technology Task Force.
Tags: News, United States, Reed Smith, Federal Trade Commission, FTC Bureau of Competition