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FTC files formal complaint against major telemarketing operation

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Spam calls are the worst. In March, the Federal Communications Commission issued a warning about the "scourge" of scam robocalls and caller ID spoofers, and last month imposed hefty fines against a number-spoofing spam caller. Now, the Federal Trade Commission has filed a formal complaint against a large-scale telemarketing operation.

In its filing, the FTC specifically names Jamie Christiano and his companies NetDotSolutions Inc. and TeraMesh Networks Inc, whose systems have placed billions of robocalls.

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FTC files formal complaint against major telemarketing operation was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Blu comes to settlement with FTC over misleading privacy claims

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

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Blu has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over allegations that it afforded Adups, a Chinese device management firm, inordinate access to personally identifiable user information. The FTC's complaint said that Blu misled its customers when the company claimed it had taken appropriate measures to protect user privacy.

Adups was contracted to provide software updates on Blu devices. In November 2016, though, it was found that Adups was collecting private information, like text messages, location data, and full contacts lists.

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Blu comes to settlement with FTC over misleading privacy claims was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

FTC reminds phone makers they can’t void warranties over repairs made using unauthorized parts

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission released a statement today saying it's sent warning letters to several major companies in the US reminding them that it's illegal to stipulate warranty coverage is dependent on using prescribed parts and service providers for repairs. In addition to manufacturers of "cellular devices," warnings were also sent to companies that sell cars and video game hardware.

Unless first-party parts or services are provided to consumers for free, requiring their use as a condition of a warranty is illegal under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, the release says.

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FTC reminds phone makers they can't void warranties over repairs made using unauthorized parts was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The FTC is investigating Facebook’s privacy practices

Monday, March 26th, 2018

US government regulators have been watching with interest as Facebook's troubles keep piling up, and now the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is adding to them. The agency, which is tasked with protecting consumers from abusive business practices, has announced that is has opened an investigation of Facebook's handling of user privacy.

According to the FTC, there is an ongoing non-public investigation of the social network. As such, details of the investigation are scarce. However, the FTC notes the issue is related to recent media reports of Facebook's lax privacy practices.

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The FTC is investigating Facebook's privacy practices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AT&T files complaint over “unsubstantiated, false, and misleading claims” in T-Mobile holiday commercial

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

Back in December, T-Mobile uploaded a two minute-long short to its YouTube channel, in the style of classic stop-motion specials like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It mostly consists of T-Mobile CEO John Legere telling a story about how he saved the US wireless industry from the "abominable carriers." It's a mostly harmless video, but AT&T has decided to file a complaint with the National Advertising Division over it.

The ad only has 11,000 views on YouTube, and an additional 2.5 million views on Twitter, so the video's impact wasn't massive in the first place.

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AT&T files complaint over "unsubstantiated, false, and misleading claims" in T-Mobile holiday commercial was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Qualcomm fined $773 million by Taiwan’s FTC for allegedly anticompetitive practices

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Yesterday the Taiwan FTC (Fair Trade Commission) fined Qualcomm an incredible $773 million (TWD 23 billion) for allegedly violating antitrust rules in the country over the last seven years. In a press release posted yesterday, Qualcomm says that it disagrees with the decision and intends to seek a stay while appealing. This is after both the Korean FTC imposed a fine of $854 million and the US FTC leveraged its own charges against the chipset manufacturer earlier this year

Qualcomm's been involved in an incredible number of high-profile lawsuits recently.

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Qualcomm fined $773 million by Taiwan's FTC for allegedly anticompetitive practices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Qualcomm fined $773 million by Taiwan’s FTC for allegedly anticompetitive practices

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Yesterday the Taiwan FTC (Fair Trade Commission) fined Qualcomm an incredible $773 million (TWD 23 billion) for allegedly violating antitrust rules in the country over the last seven years. In a press release posted yesterday, Qualcomm says that it disagrees with the decision and intends to seek a stay while appealing. This is after both the Korean FTC imposed a fine of $854 million and the US FTC leveraged its own charges against the chipset manufacturer earlier this year

Qualcomm's been involved in an incredible number of high-profile lawsuits recently.

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Qualcomm fined $773 million by Taiwan's FTC for allegedly anticompetitive practices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Hotspot Shield VPN developer in trouble over lockscreen ads and potential privacy concerns

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Lock screen adware in the Play Store is nothing new. Last year, Google had a bit of an epidemic on its hands, when once beloved apps such as ES File Explorer starting showing unwarranted overlays while phones were charging. We saw a similar thing with the Peel Smart Remote app earlier this year, and the latest offender appears to be Hotspot Shield VPN.

This is a widely trusted app, with more than 50m downloads and a Play Store rating of 4.2 from almost 1m reviewers.

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Hotspot Shield VPN developer in trouble over lockscreen ads and potential privacy concerns was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Big Trouble in Little Korea: Qualcomm responds to Apple lawsuit with their own claims

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

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Some of you may remember the suit Apple brought against Qualcomm back in January. In it Apple alleged that Qualcomm was withholding around $1 billion from Apple in retaliation for their cooperation with Korean authorities during an anti-trust investigation (another similar suit the US with the FTC is ongoing) in addition to failing to adhere to FRAND licensing (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory). Well, Qualcomm's had some time to think about it.

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Big Trouble in Little Korea: Qualcomm responds to Apple lawsuit with their own claims was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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