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

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,... >>

OFT gives developers two months to comply with in-app purchasing guidelines or face legal action

OFT gives developers two months to comply with in-app purchasing guidelines or face legal action

By 30 January 2014

App developers have to comply with the Office of Fair Trading's guidelines on in-app purchasing by 1 April or they could face legal action. The UK government department set the deadline almost a year after it started an investigation into the practice... >>

OFT targets Twitter brand champions

OFT targets Twitter brand champions

By 10 January 2011

Undeclared endorsement based tweets could soon be a thing of the past if the Office of Fair Trading gets its way. The government's consumer watchdog has begun a crackdown after it discovered a PR firm, Handpicked Media, was paying well-known Twitter users... >>

OFT concerned over Orange/T-Mobile merger

OFT concerned over Orange/T-Mobile merger

By 3 February 2010

The Office of Fair Trading has sounded a note of caution over the proposed merger between Orange and T-Mobile. The agency says that the deal "threatens significantly to affect competition in mobile telecommunications in the UK". The OFT has asked the... >>

OFT warn of online dating scams in the run up to Valentine's Day

OFT warn of online dating scams in the run up to Valentine's Day

By 13 February 2007

The Office of Fair Trading is warning customers not to be taken in by online dating scams in the run up to Valentine's Day. With more and more people turning to the Internet for friendship and love, the OFT says more people are being targeted by online... >>