FTC Confirms Probe Into Equifax Data Breach


In a rare move, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Thursday confirmed that it has opened an investigation into the data breach at Equifax that compromised the sensitive personal information of 143 million U.S. consumers. The FTC announcement came less than a week after Equifax revealed that an unknown party had gained access to names, addresses, Social Security Numbers and other data belonging to nearly half the U.S. population. An unknown number of Canadian and UK consumers were directly impacted by the breach as well.

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Will Record Fine Cramp Google's Style in Europe?


The European Commission has walloped Google unit with a record $2.7 billion for giving its own shopping comparison site preference above smaller competitors, and thus abusing its dominant position as a search engine. Google must end the conduct within 90 days or face penalties of 5 percent of its average daily global revenue, the EC said. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who is in charge of regulating competition, said that Google’s actions were not limited to reasonable efforts to put out a better comparison shopping product than its rivals.

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Facebook fined $122M over WhatsApp privacy dispute

The European Commission fined Facebook $122 million over providing “incorrect or misleading” information relating to its WhatsApp acquisition in 2014 after the social networking giant automatically matched user accounts between the two platforms.

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Qualcomm May Seek iPhone Ban to Retaliate Against Apple


Qualcomm plans to ask the U.S. International Trade Commission to block imports of iPhones, according to a report. The move apparently was spurred by Apple’s recent decision to stop making royalty payments owed under a licensing agreement between the two companies, which is the subject of a billion-dollar legal battle in federal court. Qualcomm last month announced that for the quarter ended March 31 Apple had withheld payments to its contract manufacturers for royalties owed under a licensing deal for technology used in the iPhone.

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FCC Reverses Course on Internet Privacy Rules


The Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday issued a joint statement following the FCC’s temporary stay of data security regulations. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and FTC Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen issued the statement to address the FCC’s decision, in essence, to overturn rules designed to bolster broadband consumer privacy. Both chairs had disagreed with the FCC’s unilateral 2015 decision to strip the FTC of any authority over broadband providers’ privacy and data security practices.

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EC to Take a Hard Look at E-Commerce Practices


The European Commission on Thursday announced three separate investigations into online pricing and other sales practices that may have breached EU antitrust rules. The EC investigations will assess whether consumers were able to enjoy cross-border choice when it came to buying video games and consumer electronics, and making hotel accommodations online. The newly opened investigations will focus on specific issues, including retail price restrictions, discrimination on the basis of location, and geo-blocking.

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New FCC Chair Ajit Pai Vows to Kill Net Neutrality Rules


President Donald Trump on Monday named Ajit Pai chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Pai, who has been a Republican commissioner for the agency since 2012, replaced Tom Wheeler, whom President Obama appointed to the top FCC post in late 2013. With the new administration, Republicans gain the expected majority of the commission. Pai has been known to be a foe of former President Barack Obama’s Net neutrality rules, stating the policy could lead to new taxes while giving less consumer choice.

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FCC's Tom Wheeler Hitting the Road


U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced that he will leave the agency he helmed for the past three years on Jan. 20, the day President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in. “Serving as FCC chairman during this period of historic technological change has been the greatest honor of my professional life,” Wheeler said. “It has been a privilege to work with my fellow commissioners to help protect consumers, strengthen public safety and cybersecurity, and ensure fast, fair and open networks for all Americans.”

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EU slams US tech giants on hate speech

The European Commission has slammed tech titans Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft, saying that they are not moving quickly enough to deal with online hate speech.

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Tech Industry Lambasts New FCC Privacy Rules


The United States Federal Communications Commission last week adopted privacy rules for both wired and wireless broadband ISPs aimed at giving consumers greater control over their data, more privacy, and stronger security safeguards for that data. The rules implement Section 222 of the Communications Act. They establish a framework of customer consent required for ISPs to use and share their customers’ personal information, calibrated to the sensitivity of the information.

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FCC Approves Broadband Privacy Rules to Protect Consumers. Here's What Comes Next.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to approve new broadband privacy rules that will give consumers greater control over how their personal information is collected and shared b…

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T-Mobile Fined $48M for Pulling Wool Over Customers' Eyes


The United States Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday announced that T-Mobile has agreed to a penalty of $48 million for misleading customers about restrictions on its so-called unlimited data plans. The company failed to inform subscribers to unlimited plans on its wireless networks and those of MetroPCS, which it owns, that their data bandwidth would be throttled when they hit a preset ceiling. Through its advertising and statements, T-Mobile may have led customers to expect better and faster service than their unlimited plans actually provided, according to the FCC.

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Exploded Galaxy Note7 seized by federal investigators

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wanted to get its hands on the Galaxy Note 7 that exploded last week on an airplane as fast as possible to investigate the incident.

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Exploded Galaxy Note7 seized by federal investigators

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wanted to get its hands on the Galaxy Note 7 that exploded last week on an airplane as fast as possible to investigate the incident.

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FCC commissioner wants an investigation into Wi-Fi at presidential debate

A commissioner from the Federal Communications Commission has asked the agency to investigate the banning of journalists’ Wi-Fi hotspots at Monday’s presidential debate at Hofstra University. Press were required to pay $200 for Wi-Fi access.

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Legislators, Consumer Groups Urge the FCC to Approve New Cable-Box Rules

Just two days before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) votes on new rules that would shake up the cable-box rental business, a group of legislators, consumer advocates and others urged …

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Samsung Troubles Deepen Following Formal CPSC Action


The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Samsung last week announced a formal voluntary recall of about 1 million Galaxy Note7 smartphones, after the high-end flagship device was found to have overheated or caught fire in at least 92 incidents. Samsung was notified of 26 cases of people being burned by the defective smartphones and 55 cases of property damage, according to the CPSC. The recall applies to phones purchased before Sept. 15. Tim Baxter, president of Samsung Electronics America, issued a video statement apologizing to customers.

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Threat of fire provokes hoverboard recall

After months of warnings from the Consumer Product Safety Commission about the dangers of hoverboards, 10 companies today announced recalls of more than a half million of the devices.

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