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AAG and Better Business Bureau Expand Partnership to Fight Senior Fraud

The largest reverse mortgage lender by volume and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) have expanded their partnership in an effort to combat senior-focused fraud nationwide. Through the partnership, launched last year by American Advisors Group (AAG) and the BBB, the organizations have created the “Savvy Seniors Program,” a senior-focused fraud prevention program that will host sessions across Southern California and Arizona. Savvy Seniors will craft courses geared toward coaching active seni...
Tags: Education, Featured, American Advisors Group, Better Business Bureau, BBB, APS, FTC, AAG


United States: FTC Not Kidding Around With TikTok's Record-Setting COPPA Fine – Five Steps To Reduce Your Risk Now - Fenwick & West LLP

On February 27, 2019, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced a record-setting $5.7 million fine to popular short-form video sharing platform TikTok, formerly known as Musical.ly.
Tags: News, United States, Ftc, U S Federal Trade Commission, Fenwick, West LLP


An internet pioneer is doubtful Mark Zuckerberg can refocus Facebook on privacy. Here's why. (FB)

Internet pioneer Paul Vixie is dubious about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's plan to create a "privacy focused" social networking platform. Vixie, the CEO of Farsight securities, has worked on privacy and security issues for decades. The concepts of "private" and "social" are fundamentally at odds, and no one yet has figured out a way to blend the two, he said. Facebook may be feeling constrained by Europe's new privacy law, which illustrates how difficult it can be to promote both privacy and ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, California, Trends, European Union, Ftc, Zuckerberg, Samsung Galaxy, Facebook Messenger The company, Paul Vixie, Vixie, Ostensibly Facebook


Why a top antitrust lawmaker thinks it’s time to break up Facebook

When the newly-minted chair of a congressional antitrust committee calls you out, it’s probably time to start worrying. In an op-ed for the New York Times, Rhode Island Representative David N. Cicilline has called on the Federal Trade Commission to look into Facebook’s behavior for potential antitrust violations, citing TechCrunch’s own reporting that the company collected data on teens through a secret paid program among many other scandals. “After each misdeed becomes public, Facebook alter...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Congress, Government, Tech, Bloomberg, House, Antitrust, Silicon Valley, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Democratic Party, Cicilline, David N Cicilline


United States: FTC Seeks Substantial Changes To The Privacy And Safeguards Rules - Holland & Knight

While many of these prescriptions have been captured in existing guidance, the proposed changes would create many new formal requirements.
Tags: News, United States, Holland, Ftc


United States: Privacy & Information Security Law Blog: FTC Proposes Changes To GLB Privacy And Safeguards Rules - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

On March 5, 2019, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it is seeking comment on proposed changes to the FTC's Safeguards Rule and Privacy Rule
Tags: News, United States, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP


United States: FTC And FDA Sent Warning Letters To Companies Advertising Products That Claim Treatment Of Disease - Davis & Gilbert

The FTC and the FDA have sent joint letters to three companies warning them about advertising for dietary supplements on their websites and on social media channels regarding claims that their products will treat
Tags: News, United States, Davis, Fda, Ftc, Gilbert


United States: Proposed Amendments To FTC Regulations Governing Privacy And Consumer Data - Klein Moynihan Turco LLP

The Federal Trade Commission ("FCC") has recently announced that it is seeking comment on proposed amendments to two existing FTC regulations that aim to protect the privacy and security of customer information collected and stored by financial institutions.
Tags: News, United States, Ftc, Consumer Data Klein Moynihan Turco LLP, Federal Trade Commission FCC


No, that is not the Taxpayer Advocate Service calling in latest IRS impersonation tax scam

If a phone call from someone claiming to be with an official tax office doesn't sound quite right, it's because it's probably a scam call. (Photo by rocketace via Flickr) I'm not a paranoid person. And the only conspiracy theories I've ever paid attention to were the for-entertainment-purposes-only ones promoted on television's The X-Files. But I've got wonder if the tax crooks who are working nonstop to steal our identities and tax refunds also are colluding to troll the Internal Revenue...
Tags: Taxes, Brooklyn, Social Security, Houston, Irs, Ftc, Fox Mulder, Don, Department of Motor Vehicles, Federal Trade Commission FTC, TAS, Taxpayer Advocate Service, IRS Telephone Scam, Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, Internal Revenue Service Case, IRS Phone Scam


United States: Hunton Retail Law Resource: New HSR Thresholds - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

On March 4, the FTC published the revised Hart-Scott-Rodino ("HSR") thresholds in the Federal Register. Retail (or other) companies contemplating mergers or acquisitions need to be aware
Tags: News, United States, Ftc, Hart Scott Rodino, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP


United States: Musical.ly's COPPA Failure Falls Flat At The FTC; Will Pay Note-Worthy Fine - Mintz

The Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") has handed down its largest civil penalty ever for violations of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act ("COPPA").
Tags: News, United States, Ftc, Federal Trade Commission FTC, Mintz


United States: FTC Announces Revised Thresholds For Interlocking Directorates - March 6, 2019 - Ropes & Gray LLP

The Federal Trade Commission has announced revised thresholds for interlocking directorates required under Section 8 of the Clayton Act (15 U.S.C. § 19(a)(5)). The revised thresholds are effective as of March 4, 2019.
Tags: News, United States, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Gray LLP


Do Adjacent Organic Search Results Constitute Trademark Infringement? Of Course Not…But…–America CAN! v. CDF

One of the screenshots from the complaint A charitable fundraising organization, America CAN!, has a registered trademark in the phrase “Write off the car, not the Kid.” The organization purports to help the education of high risk youths, and it claims that “100% of the net proceeds go to the kids.” So the “kid” in the trademarked phrase appears to refer to disadvantaged youths, not tax writeoffs for being a parent. As a parent, the pun didn’t work for me. The lawsuit relates to Make-a-Wish Nor...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Florida, Yahoo, Law, California, Marketing, America, Search Engines, Trademark, BPI, Ftc, Weber, Florida Bar, Cooper, Abraham


United States: The Update: FTC Revises Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds; Minimum Size For Reportable Transactions Increases To $90 Million (Effective April 3, 2019) - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

On February 15, 2019, the FTC announced the latest annual revision to the size thresholds governing premerger notification requirements under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended
Tags: News, United States, Ftc, Gump Strauss Hauer, Feld LLP, FTC Revises Hart Scott Rodino Thresholds


United States: FTC Announces Increased HSR Thresholds - March 5, 2019 - Ropes & Gray LLP

The Federal Trade Commission has announced revised jurisdictional and filing fee thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 ("the Act")
Tags: News, United States, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Gray LLP


Facebook is reportedly under criminal investigation over deals that gave Apple, Amazon, and other companies access to user data (FB)

Facebook is under criminal investigation over data-sharing deals it signed with Apple, Amazon, and other major tech companies, reports the New York Times.  The partnerships, first reported in June, gave those outside companies to data including friends lists, contact information, and even private messages — and not always with the user's consent. Most of those partnerships have ended over the last two years.  Facebook tells the Times that it is cooperating with investigators. Federal prosecut...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Spotify, New York, Microsoft, New York City, Trends, New York Times, Times, Ftc, United States Department of Justice, Apple Amazon


Today’s version of word of mouth marketing

Previously, we talked about influencer marketing, which is a combination of old-school PR and word of mouth, with a technology twist. Today, anyone can create a position of authority, build a community around them and as a result, be an influencer. There are the influencers we’ve always known, like athletes and actors, but more interesting and more potentially valuable to the average brand are the micro-influencers. These subject matter experts may have relatively small followings (could be as ...
Tags: Kourtney Kardashian, Branding, Ftc, Instagram YouTube


T-Mobile is expanding its industry-first anti-scam call protection service to even more smartphones (TMUS)

This is an excerpt from a story delivered exclusively to Business Insider Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers. To receive the full story plus other insights each morning, click here. T-Mobile   announced   it is expanding its industry-first Caller Verified feature, which alerts customers to likely scam calls, to seven additional smartphone models in the coming weeks. The feature, which uses STIR/SHAKEN protocols that rely on digital certificates to ensure the number calling y...
Tags: Verizon, US, Samsung, Trends, Ftc, T Mobile, Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider Intelligence Apps, Business Insider Intelligence s Telecom, First Orion US, Since T Mobile


United States: Hart-Scott-Rodino Reporting Threshold Reaches $90 Million - Foley & Lardner

On March 4, 2019, the Federal Register published FTC notices with the latest annual adjustments to the statutory thresholds under both the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976
Tags: News, United States, Ftc, Federal Register, Foley, Lardner, Hart Scott Rodino


United States: UPDATE: FTC Revises Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds; Minimum Size For Reportable Transactions Increases To $90 Million (Effective April 3, 2019) - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

The Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 requires parties to transactions meeting certain size and other tests to file premerger notification forms with both the Federal Trade
Tags: News, United States, Ftc, Hart Scott Rodino, Gump Strauss Hauer, Feld LLP


United States: FTC Increases HSR Thresholds Effective April 3, 2019 - Shearman & Sterling LLP

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has revised, and once again raised, the thresholds for the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976
Tags: News, United States, Ftc, U S Federal Trade Commission FTC, Sterling LLP


United States: Hunton Retail Law Resource: Advertiser Presses Snooze On NAD: Claims Referred To FTC - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

On February 25, the National Advertising Division ("NAD") referred Nectar Sleep's "Limited Offer: $125 Off + 2 Free Pillows" claim to the FTC after the advertiser declined to participate in the NAD's
Tags: News, United States, Ftc, National Advertising Division NAD, FTC Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP


United States: FTC Announces Revised Hart-Scott-Rodino Thresholds Effective April 3, 2019 - Holland & Knight

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced this year's revisions to the thresholds under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR)
Tags: News, United States, Holland, Ftc, Federal Trade Commission FTC


United States: Third Circuit Limits FTC Enforcement Toolkit, But Do Not Forget About The States - Arnold & Porter

The FTC has more than one avenue for challenging conduct that violates Section 5.
Tags: News, United States, Ftc, Porter, States Arnold


GOP Senator Blasts FTC for Falling Short on Facebook and Google

The FTC, which has a mandate to enforce antitrust and consumer protection statutes, has taken a “toothless” approach to these platforms, Hawley wrote in a letter to FTC Chairman Joseph Simons dated Monday. “These companies have harmed consumers by conditioning participation in the modern public square on giving away enormous -- and growing -- amounts of personal information and by leveraging scale to cripple emerging competitors in their infancy,” Hawley wrote to Simons.
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Gop, Ftc, Hawley, Joseph Simons


Mirrorless Camera – My Move to the Nikon Mirrorless Camera System

Ever since Sony released their first full-frame mirrorless camera in 2013 I have been wanting to make the switch from DSLR to mirrorless. But I did not want to switch to Sony, for a handful of reasons. Over the years I’ve tried a bunch of mirrorless cameras, both full frame and cropped: Leica M9, Sony A7II, Sony A7R, Fuji XT-1, and the Panasonic GH-5. Due to my dislike of all the mirrorless cameras I tried, I stuck with my Nikon D850 for video and still work. Until the Nikon Z series was rele...
Tags: Photography, Photographers, Sony, Panasonic, Nikon, Dslr, Zealand, Ftc, Leica, Minolta, Mirrorless Camera, Matt Lenz, Temi, Nikon FTZ, Nikon Mirrorless Camera System, Sony Barney


United States: FTC Fattens Consumer Wallets With Supplement Settlement - BakerHostetler

"A blizzard of lies" is how the Maine AG's office described the sales and marketing practices of husband-and-wife duo Anthony and Staci Dill.
Tags: News, United States, Anthony, Ftc, Maine AG


FTC chief wants more powers to rein in Facebook and others

Joseph Simons, a Republican lawyer who has jumped between the public and private sectors for more than 30 years, is a rare voice for strengthening the government’s hand.
Tags: Facebook, Business, Technology, News, Ftc, Joseph Simons


Facebook reportedly blocks ads for vaginal dryness treatments while allowing those for erectile dysfunction medications (FB)

Facebook is blocking ads for products promoting women's health products, . The company appears to be treating ads for such products differently from those that promote men's health products, according to the report. Facebook representatives said the company is reviewing the ads in question. Facebook routinely blocks ads promoting women's health products, particularly those that treat symptoms of menopause, on Saturday. The company has blocked most of the ads Seattle startup Pulse has tried...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Pulse, Seattle, Cnbc, Ftc, Zuckerberg, Samsung Galaxy, American Civil Liberties Union, Communications Workers of America, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Facebook CNBC, Facebook Pulse, Amy Buckalter


Venture investors and startup execs say they don’t need Elizabeth Warren to defend them from big tech

Responding to Elizabeth Warren’s call to regulate and break up some of the nation’s largest technology companies, the venture capitalists that invest in technology companies are advising the presidential hopeful to move slowly and not break anything. Warren’s plan called for regulators to be appointed to oversee the unwinding of several acquisitions that were critical to the development of the core technology that make Alphabet’s Google and the social media giant Facebook so profitable… an...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Technology, Microsoft, US Government, Entrepreneurship, Elizabeth Warren, US, Los Angeles, Social Media, Tech, Walmart, Economy, Companies