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Consumer Watchdog asks FCC to impose Do Not Track on Google, Facebook

June 15, 2015 10:37 am

The Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules just went into effect last Friday and at least one group is jumping to take advantage of them. Consumer Watchdog petitioned the FCC on Monday to force edge providers like Google and Facebook to honor Do Not Track requests from a [...]

FCC proposal could raise costs of market research

May 28, 2015 10:31 am

Market research, the intelligence that companies use to place advertising campaigns and media companies use as currency to sell to them, is likely to get more expensive under the Federal Communications Commission proposal to crack down on robocalls to mobile phones, which is why more businesses are [...]

FCC’s Ajit Pai knocks Internet order privacy guidance

May 27, 2015 4:35 pm

FCC commissioner Ajit Pai said he has no idea what the agency’s new privacy guidance under the open Internet order means. Pai, the GOP commissioner who has been an outspoken critic of the Federal Communications Commission’s order to reclassify Internet services, lashed out at the [...]

FCC clamps down on robocalls to cell phones

May 27, 2015 2:36 pm

There is nothing consumers hate more than robocalls, spam calls, spam text messages and unwanted telemarketing calls. But even though more than 200 million people are on the federal government’s Do Not Call list, robocalls still manage to get through to cell phones. This is annoying especially if [...]

Another former Googler heads for an Administration post

May 27, 2015 11:14 am

Alan Davidson, Google’s former director of public policy, is headed for the Commerce department as director of digital economy and senior advisor to the secretary of Commerce, a new position. In his new post, Davidson will take the lead on Internet issues, such as government surveillance, [...]

FTC facing heat over recent privacy settlement

May 27, 2015 6:01 am

The Federal Trade Commission is catching flak for its recent settlement with Nomi, a retail research firm, for promising and failing to deliver, an in-store opt-out mechanism. In separate comments filed Tuesday with the FTC, the Technology Policy Institute and the Information Technology and [...]

Senator asks FTC to investigate fraudulent hotel booking sites

May 26, 2015 12:58 pm

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the judiciary committee, is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the dubious business practices of some third-party online hotel booking sites, ones that trick consumers into thinking they are booking directly with the hotel. “Being [...]
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