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Federal Court Rules Ringless Voicemail is a “Call” Under the TCPA

Telemarketers often ask “is ringless voicemail legal.” Well, the first ringless voicemail message Telephone Consumer Protection Act decision says no. Ringless voicemail employs a technology...

GDPR Compliance and Best Practices

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) sets a high standard for consent. Consent means offering people genuine choice and control over how...

Leadership Changes at the FTC and the New Consumer Protection Agenda

The Federal Trade Commission works with the U.S. Justice Department to enforce antitrust law and investigates companies accused of deceptive advertising. Four new commissioners have...

FTC Sends COPPA Warning Letters to Foreign Companies

The Federal Trade Commission has announced that it has sent letters to two foreign companies that market electronic devices and apps that appear to collect...

Uber Agrees to Expanded Privacy and Security Settlement with FTC

The FTC has announced that Uber Technologies, Inc. has agreed to expand the proposed settlement it reached with the agency last year over charges that...

IAB Publishes Influencer Marketing Guide

The Interactive Advertising Bureau has published a new influencer marketing program guide, “Inside Influence: Why Publishers are Increasingly Turning to Influencer Marketing—and What That...

BREAKING: eHarmony Settles District Attorney Rebill Charges

eHarmony has agreed to pay up to $2.2 million in penalties and restitution to put an end to an action filed by the Santa...

FTC Chairman Reports on the Year of Agency Accomplishments

On January 18, 2018, Federal Trade Commission Acting Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen released a summary of the agency’s recently major accomplishments “In the past year,...

“Connected” Toy Maker Settles Charges That it Violated COPPA and the FTC Act

On January 8, 2017 the FTC announced its first children’s privacy settlement involving Internet-connected toys. According to the Commission, electronic toy manufacturer VTech Electronics Limited...

Montel Initiates CBD Marketing Lawsuit

In 2000, Montel Williams was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Finding medical cannabis to be effective at treating his symptoms, he began advocating for medical...

GDPR to Come Into Force in 2018

The EU General Data Protection Regulation becomes effective in May 2018. It applies to those that (i) offer products/services to EU residents; (ii) monitor the...

FTC Report Examining Issues of Consumer Recognition of Native Advertising

On December 15, 2017, the FTC released a staff report that summarizes agency-commissioned research from 2014-2015.  The research explores consumer recognition of paid search advertising...

FTC Approves Final Consent Order Against Social Media Influencers

The Federal Trade Commission has approved a final consent order settling its first-ever case against individual social media influencers, the owners of the CSGO...

SEC Issues Warning on Social Media Influencer Disclosures

Earlier this month, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued a statement on the potentially unlawful promotion of initial coin offerings and other investment by...

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Breaking: Google and Doubleclick Exposed as Major Financial Partners with Fake News Sites

The top-10 most credible ad firms accounted for 66.7% of ad traffic on fake news websites, and another 55.6%% ad traffic on low-quality websites.

Inside Instagrams Affiliate Plan

Good news: Instagram has upped its game once again from a creators point of view. In the rush to make the platform...

Congressional Commerce Subcommittee Democrats Seek to Advance FTC Act 13(b) Reform Legislation

On May 27, 2021, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce sought to advance H.R. 2668, a...

Feds Charges First Person Under Covid19 Scam Laws

A St. Louis-based chiropractor became the first person charged under a new federal law aimed at protecting Americans from fraudulent COVID-19 claims. Eric...

Supreme Court TCPA ATDS Ruling a Big Win for Telemarketers

On April 1, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in the matter of Facebook, Inc. v. Duguid that is...
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