FTC archive

  • European Commission holding talks with Apple, Google over in-app purchase policy
    Apps

    European Commission holding talks with Apple, Google over in-app purchase policy

    By 27 February 2014

    The European Commission will be holding talks with Google, Apple and others in the industry on Thursday and Friday to iron out rules for in-app purchases. The talks come after reports saying children are making in-app purchases without parent's permission,...

  • Apple agrees to pay $32.5M to customers in FTC settlement over in-app purchases
    Phones

    Apple agrees to pay $32.5M to customers in FTC settlement over in-app purchases

    By 15 January 2014

    Apple is to refund “at least” $32.5 million to customers who complained their children made in-app purchases without permission, the US Federal Trade Commission has announced . Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed the settlement decision to his staff in a...

  • Facebook faces 20-year privacy monitoring over deceptive practices
    Online

    Facebook faces 20-year privacy monitoring over deceptive practices

    By 11 November 2011

    Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are nearing a deal over Facebook's deceptive privacy practices; according to those briefed on the settlement, this could lead to a 20-year privacy audit. A variety of conditions have been laid out by the FTC,...

  • Google's AdMob purchase under FTC scrutiny
    Phones

    Google's AdMob purchase under FTC scrutiny

    By 24 December 2009

    It seems Google's $750 million acquisition of AdMob, a mobile display advertising company based in California, has not been as smooth as the online giant might have hoped. In a blog post, Google has revealed that the US Federal Trade Commission has been...

  • Google's Schmidt resigns from Apple board
    Online

    Google's Schmidt resigns from Apple board

    By 3 August 2009

    Google's chief executive, Eric Schmidt, has resigned from Apple's board of directors. Conflicts of interest are blamed, as Google has entered an increasing number of markets that Apple competes in. Since Google launched its G1 mobile phone and Android...

  • Google's Schmidt won't quit Apple
    Online

    Google's Schmidt won't quit Apple

    By 8 May 2009

    Google CEO Eric Schmidt has told reporters that giving up his position on Apple's board of directors "hasn't crossed my mind", following news of an antitrust investigation into Schmidt's dual directorships. In the States, the Federal Trade Commission...

  • Apple and Google in antitrust investigation
    Online

    Apple and Google in antitrust investigation

    By 5 May 2009

    Apple and Google are reported to be under a formal investigation for possible antitrust issues, the result of which could see forced changes to their boards of directors. The Federal Trade Commission has started an inquiry into whether the close ties...