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FTC ‘Asking’ Ad Tech Companies to Address Privacy Concerns

The FTC Building

Julie Brill of the FTC recently addressed a conference of the Better Business Bureau’s National Advertising Division.  During the talk she ‘called out’ ad tech companies for failing to address many of the privacy concerns that consumers have with online advertising.  One of the biggest issues was that there is no universal ‘do-not-track’ mechanism created yet, even though the FTC ... Read More »

FTC Investigating Google Android

Google Android Candy

Google is, once again, being investigated by the FTC for ‘antitrust’ actions. This time the FTC is looking into Google’s Android operating system.  The investigation is part of an agreement between the FTC and the Justice Department to look into the mobile operating system business. The claim is that Google gives priority to the Android platform while restricting those who ... Read More »

Is CNN Breaking the Law and Tricking Consumers?


CNN has confirmed that they started to run native advertising in the midst of their article links, specifically meant to look like editorial content in order to drive readers to their advertiser’s websites. While many sites are doing this, the way CNN is doing seems to be deceptive and the purpose is to trick consumers into thinking they are going ... Read More »

US Court Sides for Fair Use in YouTube Copyright Case

Close-up of male judge banging gavel

In a case that has been going on since 2007, the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit  has finally given a ruling.  The case involved a YouTube video where a toddler was recorded dancing to a song by Prince.  Universal Music Group issued a copyright takedown notice because of the use of the song in the video.  The ... Read More »

FTC Pushing Cybersecurity

Not FTC Police, But...

Edith Ramirez, an FTC Chairwoman, has commented that it is essential for tech startups to be investing in cyber security into their businesses right from the very beginning.  During the FTC’s, “Start with Security” conference, which took place on September 9th, she also called for a ‘culture of security’ within the tech industry, including startups. She said, “A number of ... Read More »

FTC Still Concerned about Kids Apps


The FTC has just released some new information about the privacy disclosures used in children’s apps.  This was a major issue in the past with the FTC reporting that only 20% of app makers were in compliance with having a disclosure easily accessible from the app and sales page.  Today, however, the FTC found that approximately 45% of these same ... Read More » Raided by Feds

Jeff Hurant, Founder

“On August 25, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) raided the New York offices of, an online advertising network featuring gay escorts. Seven individuals were arrested, including the owner, Jeff Hurant. All of Mr. Hurant’s business and personal assets have been seized, and are subject to forfeiture. He is left without any realistic ability to sustain himself, or ... Read More »

FTC Can Regulate Cyber Security Says Courts

The FTC Building

The FTC has been taking upon itself in the past several years to become the ‘police’ of commercial cyber security.  They have filed cases against a variety of companies related to lax security practices.  The highest profile case was against Wyndam hotels, accusing them of maintaining insufficient security measures on their data, which allowed three separate breaches (by Russian hacker ... Read More »

Feds Going After YouTube Celebs

Tom Cassell, YouTube Gamer Celebrity may be under Investigation by the FTC for failing disclose paid sponsors.

Over the past several years YouTube celebrities have been popping up all over the place.  One of the biggest niches for ‘YouTubers’ is people who record themselves playing video games while talking about what they are doing.  They then publish the videos to YouTube and often get many millions of views.  People playing games ranging from Mine Craft to Call ... Read More »

Sanford Wallace Going back to Prison but Still Spamming?

Sanford Wallace Going to Jail?

Sanford Wallace, Las Vegas Club Promoter and former mass spammer, known as one of the “Spam Kings,” is going to prison. Wallace, 47 has pled guilty to sending 27 million messages to Facebook users, by hacking into their accounts and then tricking other users into sending their password. Since he has plead guilty, he faces up to three years of ... Read More »

FTC Kills Affiliate Work at Home Scam

Affiliate Marketers Go Down

The FTC has recently filed court orders against 18 marketers who were cheating US and Canadian consumers out of more than $7 related to a shady ‘work-at-home’ deal.  The defendants conned many consumers into believing that they were going to be able to make money from home by simply referring local merchants to a money-lending service.  Unfortunately, the money lending ... Read More »

Avrom Lasarow Broke, Settles with FTC?

Mole Detective Didn't Do Anything it Claimed, According to the FTC

South African Businessman, Avrom Lasarow has reached a settlement with the FTC over a suite of apps that claimed to be able to help diagnose whether moles on the skin are cancerous or not.  The FTC claims that the claims made when marketing or promoting the app were false or unsubstantiated. In the settlement, Lasarow has agreed to be barred ... Read More »

Electronic Media Marketing Group Scam


Electronic Media Marketing Group (EMMG), based in Upper Montclair, New Jersey has been ordered to pay $190,000 in penalties by a federal court in Arkansas.  In addition, they are banned from operating in Arkansas going forward.  In the case, the firm was accused of billing businesses for online advertising that had not been previously authorized. The marketing group ‘deceived’ business ... Read More »

Draft Do-Not-Track Compliance Standard Published


On July 14, 2015, the organization in charge of developing uniform standards for World Wide Web technologies announced the “last call” for a draft proposal on how websites should comply with a user’s “Do-Not-Track” preference.  If implemented, the proposal would be the very first formal standard for DNT compliance. The proposed standard describes how service providers and advertising companies should ... Read More »

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