Target hack: how to know if it hurt you (Updated)

By now, everyone knows that if you shopped at Target and paid by credit card between November 27 and December 15, 2013, you may be vulnerable and a victim of this humongous breach of security.

Telephone tech support scammers get the Feds riled up

According to the FTC, tech support scams are a problem. Yup. As if you didn't have enough reasons to hate tech support now they are going to get you proactively and not even wait for a call.

FTC to probe Google again

The Federal Trade Commission is taking yet another look at Google, this time over allegations the company used its near-monopolistic position online to sell and serve graphic and video ads.

FTC charges 29 over 'gift card' scam

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is continuing its crusade against spam, cracking down on a scam promising free gift cards via text message.

Do Not Track bill is back on the table

Impatient with the glacial progress so far, Senator Jay Rockefeller is having another shot at getting a Do Not Track bill through Congress.

FTC lets Google off antitrust hook

The Federal Trade Commission has completed its investigation of Google over unfair business practices - and the company's got off very lightly indeed.

FTC tightens up child privacy rules

Apps and websites will have to jump through more hoops before gathering personal information on children, thanks to a set of amendments to the creaking Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

App developers failing to protect kids' privacy, says FTC

The Federal Trade Commission says there's been little progress amongst children's app makers in addressing privacy issues, and is warning that it's planning several investigations.

Ad network barred from online snooping

An online advertising network used by CNN, Orbitz and the Red Cross has agreed to stop snooping on consumers' website activity to target them with ads about incontinence, impotence and bankruptcy.

FTC may be going too far with Google, say Democrats

Two US lawmakers have warned the Federal Trade Commission that it may be exceeding its authority in widening its investigation into Google.

Consumer Watchdog fails to increase Google fine

Google is facing the biggest fine ever imposed by the Federal Communications Commission, a massive $22.5 million.

FTC issues guidelines for facial recognition

The FTC has released a set of guidelines for companies using facial recognition technologies in a gentle warning that nevertheless goes too far for one commission member.

Web tracking firm collected personal data

A web analytics company has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charges that it used its web-tracking software to collect personal data.

Kill a robot, win a bounty

Fancy yourself as a backroom Bladerunner? The FTC is offering a $50,000 reward for anyone that can come up with a way of killing off the robocalls that can make life so annoying.

Google faces double whammy from FTC and EU

The Federal Trade Commission is believed to be about to launch an anti-trust investigation into Google, as the EU complains about its privacy policy.

FTC nabs more scareware scammers

Flushed with success from successfully closing a 'scareware' case on Tuesday, the Federal Trade Commission has succeeded in getting six more such outfits closed down.

Woman fined $163 million for scareware

After a four-year slog, the Federal Trade Commission has succeeded in extracting $1.63 million from a 'scareware' marketer, finally closing its first such case.

PC rental companies spied on customers in their homes

Seven rent-to-own companies and a software developer have settled federal charges that they spied on customers, including watching them having sex.

FTC sues Dish over unwanted telemarketing calls

The Federal Trade Commission has launched a lawsuit against Dish Network for violating 'do not call' regulations.

Facebook lied about Verified Apps, says FTC

The FTC says it believes Facebook misled developers and the public over security by failing to adequately review and verify applications.