Microsoft Skype deal passes FTC probe

Microsoft's acquisition of Skype has been cleared of federal antitrust questions.

Disney subsidiary disclosed kids' personal information

An online virtual world company owned by Walt Disney has been ordered to pay $3 million after it was found to have collected and disclosed personal information on more than a million children.

FBI says it is "reviewing" PSN security breach

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is currently "reviewing" a recent security breach that compromised user data and downed the PlayStation Network (PSN) for over a week.

Kerry and McCain introduce Web privacy bill

Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) have formulated a draft Internet "privacy" bill that would stipulate "first-time" rules for websites like Facebook and Google.

Google and FTC clinch deal over Buzz SNAFU

Google has clinched a deal with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to address privacy concerns related to the controversial launch of Buzz in February 2010.

FTC issues fine over fake online reviews

The Federal Trade Commission has come down hard on a company which was found to be posting fake reviews of its products online.

FTC investigates Apple's in-app purchases

The Federal Trade Commission has confirmed that it's looking into Apple's controversial app marketing policies - but not because of their effect on content providers.

Apple's new subscription policy may face antitrust claim

Apple has already ruffled a lot of feathers by changing its iPhone app policy for developers who make subscription-based software for the mobile platform, but now it may face more serious charges as a new push to get the government involved gets underway.

'Do Not Track us,' say internet users

US internet users strongly favor a 'Do Not Track' mechanism, according to a Gallup poll - and the older they are, the more they approve.

FTC calls for greater controls over use of consumer data

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has proposed the creation of a Do Not Track system preventing websites from collecting unauthorized personal data.

FTC picky about its hacker hires

Instead of arresting computer hackers, the latest trend in government management is to, well, hire them. Chris Soghoian seems to be one such hacker.

FTC lets Google off the hook over Street View data gathering

The FTC has closed its investigation into Google's unauthorized collection of customer data with its Street View cars, concluding that the company's now taken adequate steps to make sure it doesn't happen again.

PR firm settles claims of fake games reviews

A public relations agency is to settle with the FTC over charges that  its staff posed as members of the public to post fake reviews of video games developed by its clients.

FTC and Intel clinch anticompetitive settlement

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Intel have agreed to settle allegations that the Santa Clara-based company engaged in anticompetitive behavior against its semiconductor rivals.

Rambus wins latest round in Nvidia patent dispute

Rambus has overcome the latest hurdle in its patent suit against Nvidia, gaining an exclusion order on imports based on three of its patents.

FTC raps Twitter over critical privacy lapse

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Twitter have reached an agreement over charges that the latter entity failed to protect users from security breaches which allowed hackers to access a number of accounts.

Google transfers WiFi data to European regulators

European regulators are set to receive data inadvertently collected by Google from unsecured WiFi networks across the Continent.  

Cyber Spy banned from encouraging cyber spying

Cyber Spy has agreed to stop customers from installing its keylogging software on other people's computers without their consent.

FTC shuts down 'rogue' ISP

The Federal Trade Commission has shut down an ISP that it says was  actively helping distribute spam, spyware and child pornography.

FTC to investigate photocopier security risks

It's a hideous thought: all over the world, every time some idiot photocopies their butt, the image is stored for posterity.