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Jon Leibowitz

FTC Announces Settlement With Google (Updated)

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The Federal Trade Commission announced this morning that it has settled its investigation of Google for anti-competitive practices, closing its probe into search bias while forcing the company to change its practices related to licensing patented mobile technologies, displaying competitors’ content in its search results and penalizing clients for advertising on search platforms other than its own.

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Apps Marketed To Kids Aren’t Doing Enough To Protect Privacy: FTC

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Apps that are targeted at children are not doing enough to provide parents with information about what data is being collected about their kids. This is according to a new report from the Federal Trade Commission called “Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade“.

The report found that almost 60 percent of the apps surveyed  are transmitting information from a user’s device back to the app developer or to a third party such as an advertising network. In fact, a small number of third party companies receive information from many of the apps, which the FTC says could result in these companies building detailed profiles about these children.

According to the report, many apps have interactive features like the ability to link to social media or the ability to make in-app purchases, but this information is not disclosed to parents. Read more