A report from the U.S. Senate claims that mobile carriers have made hundreds of millions in profits through cramming tactics.
In a released statement, the CWA notes that in January 2013 they approached T-Mobile’s parent company Deutsche Telekom to alert them that T-Mobile US managers were “directing workers to add charges to customer accounts.” According to the CWA, T-Mobile fired a number of front-line employees who said they were working under direct orders from managers.
Now, the FTC is taking action as they filed a complaint today alleging that T-Mobile benefitted from these services to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. Specifically, the FTC alleges that T-Mobile received anywhere from 35 to 40 percent of the total amount charged to consumers.
FTC tells developer of Brightest Flashlight app to stop being a naughty boy and to cease selling user geolocation data, but it doesn’t issue a fine or ask for the app to be removed from Google Play.
According to the FTC, a popular flashlight app by the name of “Brightest Flashlight Free” has been secretly sharing location and device ID information with advertisers. Keep reading for more details!
Google just can’t seem to catch a break. According to a report by the New York Post, the search giant’s $1.1 billion acquisition of Israel-based mapping service Waze has prompted an antitrust investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Samsung is in trouble with the FTC once again. It seems that the Taiwanese Federal Trade Commission has now slapped the company with a small fine due to a misleading advertisement.
Earlier today, the FTC wrapped up a 19-month investigation of Google’s business practices (which we have covered extensively), agreeing not to bring charges against the company. There is a catch, however.
FTC has delayed the decision in the Google search practices anti-trust probe. Google is accused of allegedly using its popular search engine to give low rankings to its competitors including Microsoft.
The settlement talks between Google and FTC could be nearing an end, as Google has agreed to voluntarily address FTC’s concerns regarding its search practices.