It seems that it doesn’t get any better with time for the former golden boy of free gift cards and text message spam, Ryan Eagle. Both him and his long time masonic partner, Vito Glazers have agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and admit to sending out deceptive offers. As part of [...]
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The FTC has approved a settlement against a total of twelve defendants who were running digital marketing campaigns which promised “free $1,000 gift cards” to people viewing their ads. They ran many websites running ads that attempted to get people to click in order to claim a gift card, which they supposedly had already won.
More and more companies, both online and off, are turning to performance marketing programs to help boost their sales. While this is certainly a good thing for both the companies and the affiliate marketers, it has also caused some significant problems related to fraud and other criminal activity. Honest marketers and businesses can agree that [...]
Google has already had to pay $15.8 million in a lawsuit brought on by a company named Vringo (through a subsidiary called I/P engine) for patent violations. Vringo had acquired two patents from Lycos that are about the ranking and placement of ads in search engines. In 2012, courts ordered Google, Microsoft, AOL and others [...]
You might be wondering what that title, or this topic, has to do with performance marketing. Well, as digital marketers we need to be well aware of any legal challenges going on that affects anything on the Internet. While I fully support this law (which I’ll explain shortly), it is important for us as marketers [...]
12 companies have recently agreed to no-fault consent orders with the Federal Trade Commission, which is intended to settle charges that they falsely claimed that they were in compliance with the US-European Union and the US-Switzerland Safe Harbor Programs, even though their certifications had lapsed. The 12 companies come from virtually all industries, including mobile [...]
Over the past year there has been quite a few news stories about the number of information requests made by Government agencies like the NSA to tech companies. Companies like Google, Microsoft, Facebook and others have requested permission to disclose more information about these requests to their users. In the past, when Government agencies demanded [...]
The new ‘Send to Anyone on Google+’ feature which Google launched earlier this month has gotten a lot of negative feedback. Many people don’t like the fact that it opens up anyone with a Google+ account to receiving more spam. Consumer Watchdog, which is a non-profit group, has recently filed a complaint with the FTC [...]
Today the FTC has brought actions against an email spammers for defrauding consumers into believing that they must register for health insurance under the Affordable Health Care Act that day or face fines or worse. The email did not go to any official website for the ACA, nor was associated with any government program but [...]
A federal court judge has recently ruled that a good faith belief that consent existed might be a complete defense to a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) lawsuit.
In Chyba v. First Financial Asset Management, Inc., the plaintiff filed her TCPA complaint after receiving a handful of telephone calls to her cellular phone from a collection agency (the “Agency”). [...]
The Italian Parliament passed a new measure which will prevent companies from buying Internet ads from companies outside of the country. The law was put in place because of the fact that large companies like Google would sell their ads through a regional company in a more tax friendly location. In Google’s case, they would [...]
Just as Google is coming to the end of a long legal battle in Europe, it seems a new case is just starting, and this time much closer to home. Canadian government regulators are reportedly preparing to open a formal investigation into Google concerning their abuse of their dominance in the Internet search market. Regulators [...]
About seven months ago, a Dutch privacy agency found that Google is violating a data protection law. Recently, however, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (an official government agency) has taken up the case, and begun the official investigation into the matter. They believe that Google is violating Dutch law by bringing personal data from a [...]