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Government Agencies FTC


  • Congressman to FTC: Mess With Google, You Mess With Us Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 11:56 AM ET
    Congressman to FTC: Mess With Google, You Mess With Us

    Google is not a monopoly and does not deserve to have antitrust charges brought against it, at least that is the opinion of Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) who warned the Federal Trade Commission that if it took on Google, it was also taking on Congress.

  • Chairs: Squawk Takes a Stand on Privacy Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 6:52 AM ET
    Chairs: Squawk Takes a Stand on Privacy

    The "Squawk Box" news team weighs in with their perspective on the FTC settling with a website that gets users cheap ticket prices but collects personal information on consumers.

  • It Complicated: Google and the Feds Have a Long History Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | 12:39 PM ET
    Google Search

    The FTC has been investigating whether unauthorized changes Google made to privacy settings in Safari browsers violated an agreement prohibiting the company from misleading consumers. Here is a list of some of Google's other interactions with U.S. regulators:

  • Truth in Twitter: One False Move Could Mean Millions Monday, 25 Jun 2012 | 12:48 PM ET

    The Web era gives small businesses vastly more promotional reach, but also more chances to trip up over truth-in-advertising laws.

  • Skechers, FTC Announces Global Settlement Wednesday, 16 May 2012 | 11:38 AM ET
    Skechers, FTC Announces Global Settlement

    Skechers will pay $40 million to settle charges in an advertising case, reports CNBC's Darren Rovell.

  • Reasons to Worry About Herbalife: Greenberg Tuesday, 8 May 2012 | 3:03 PM ET
    Herbalife 24

    Herbalife, whose stock tumbled last week after hedge fund manager David Einhorn asked a few questions on the company’s earnings call, is no stranger to controversy. Herb Greenberg sees some reasons to worry.

  • Google Search

    Federal regulators escalated their antitrust investigation of Google by hiring former Justice Department prosecutor Beth Wilkinson, in a sign they are prepared to take the Internet giant to court.

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    Google and Twitter’s battle over Google’s display of Google+ over Twitter results continues to drag out. And now the FTC is involved.

  • Is Facebook Worth Over $100B? Tuesday, 29 Nov 2011 | 12:41 PM ET
    Is Facebook Worth Over $100B?

    Valuation forecasts for Facebook are reaching at least $100 billion. Is the company worth that much? Michael Pachter, analyst at Wedbush Securities, discusses. And CNBC's Herb Greenberg eyes the biggest trends on Twitter.

  • FTC to Subpoena Google Over Search Practices Thursday, 23 Jun 2011 | 10:04 PM ET

    The Federal Trade Commission is preparing to issue subpoenas to Google as part of a wide-ranging civil antitrust investigation into practices in Google’s search engine business, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. The NYT reports.

  • Debt Collectors Ask to Be Paid a Little Respect Monday, 13 Jun 2011 | 11:10 AM ET

    Debt collectors like Ms. Rogers are well aware that they are not a sympathetic lot. But now they are saying enough is enough. The trade association that represents them is engaged in an unlikely charm offensive to change their lowly image, while also trying to shape the rules that govern them as they face the prospect of a tough new regulator, the New York Times reports.

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    Federal officials charged with reviewing mergers under antitrust laws will keep working during a government shutdown.

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    Lawmakers examining the Federal Trade Commission’s recommendation for a “do not track” mechanism to restrict the monitoring of Internet users said that they supported stricter safeguards for consumer privacy, but raised questions on how the system would work. The New York Times reports.

  • Agency Proposes ‘Do Not Track’ Option for Web Users Wednesday, 1 Dec 2010 | 2:04 PM ET

    The Federal Trade Commission advocated a plan on Wednesday that lets consumers on the Internet choose whether they want information about their browsing habits to be collected, an option known as “do not track.” The New York Times reports.

  • Obama's Unwise War on Technology Wednesday, 16 Jun 2010 | 12:30 PM ET
    Silicone Chip

    The Obama Administration is waging a silent, unwise war on high-tech, hell-bent on taming a few targets to bolster a get-tough image. The feds’ enmity toward what we’re best at—technology and making money on it—threatens our long-term economic recovery.

  • Google at a Crossroads Thursday, 13 May 2010 | 2:57 PM ET
    Google Search

    For the first time in Google's  short, but colorful and profitable history, the company may be faced with more challenges than opportunities; no where is that concern reflected more clearly than in the company's stock price.

  • How Privacy Vanishes Online Wednesday, 17 Mar 2010 | 11:46 AM ET

    If a stranger came up to you on the street, would you give him your name, Social Security number and e-mail address?

  • Kneale: Hey Feds ... Leave the Blogosphere Alone Tuesday, 6 Oct 2009 | 12:46 PM ET
    Federal Trade Commission

    The Federal Trade Commission has launched a sweeping crackdown on 50 million bloggers and their hidden ties to makers of products they review.

  • Soon, Bloggers Must Give Full Disclosure Tuesday, 6 Oct 2009 | 12:21 PM ET
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    For nearly three decades, the Federal Trade Commission’s rules regarding the relationships between advertisers and product reviewers and endorsers were deemed adequate. Then came the age of blogging and social media.

  • New FTC Rule Prohibits Petroleum Market Manipulation Thursday, 6 Aug 2009 | 10:20 AM ET

    The Federal Trade Commission Thursday issued a final rule that it said will prohibit market manipulation in the petroleum industry.