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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

FTC announces robocall-buster winners

The Federal Trade Commission has announced the winners of its contest to find solutions that will save consumers from illegal, interruptive, and annoying robocalls. >>

Friday, March 15, 2013

FTC warns advertisers against cutting corners on small screens

The Federal Trade Commission has made it clear that it is mandatory for all advertising appearing on social media sites, or designed for small screens, to be accompanied by disclosures that are as clear as possible. >>

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Negative attitudes to data use breeding tomorrow's invisible consumers

More than two-thirds of Internet users across several countries would choose a "do not track" feature if it was readily available, according to new research from technology analysis firm Ovum. >>

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

TripAdvisor fights back against blackmail, negative reviews

Many business owners on TripAdvisor are seeing a worrying trend. Customers are threatening to write negative reviews unless they receive a refund, upgrade, freebies, or other request. TripAdvisor has launched a new feature as part of its management tools to help business owners who are being blackmailed. >>

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

AdChoices logo comes to Facebook

In response to pressure from the ad industry, Facebook will soon introduce the Digital Advertising Alliance's "AdChoices" logo to ads served through Facebook Exchange. >>

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

E-crime a more costly retail crime than shoplifting

The cost of e-crime in the UK, including the value of stolen goods, damage incurred and crime prevention measures, has risen to such an extent that the British Retail Consortium says it is now a more costly retail crime than shoplifting. >>

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Marketers risk reputation and fines with paid reviews and ratings

In the rush to harness the power of social media, organizations are increasingly turning to paid reviews and ratings. In less than two years time Gartner estimates that almost 1 in 10 of all reviews will have been paid for. >>

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

UK's first social media insurance product launched

Cases of hacking and subsequent reputation damage and ID theft are on the rise, particularly within social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter. A London-based privacy firm has come up with a solution - insurance protection. >>

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Dislike of data-sharing drives over half of mobile users to ditch apps

Some mobile apps such as maps and games collect a user's personal details or even track their location. More than half of Americans who use such apps have thought twice about using one once they learned just how much information they were required to share. >>

Monday, September 03, 2012

Updated integrity system detects and deletes fake Facebook Likes

Facebook has updated its integrity system to automatically detect and delete 'fake' Likes, benefiting both the brands that use the site and the social network's users. >>

Monday, August 27, 2012

British retailers count the cost of e-crime

In one of its first studies into e-crime in the UK, the British Retail Consortium reveals that the total cost to retailers in 2011/12 was at least $325 million. >>

Friday, August 03, 2012

FTC wants COPPA rules updated in line with 21st century technology

New rules to better protect children against the collection of their personal data online are being proposed by the Federal Trade Commission including changes to the definition of personally identifiable information. >>

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Number of 'duplicate' and 'false' Facebook accounts rising, reveals quarterly report

Facebook is facing an uphill battle to tame the trolls and spammers on the social network. The latest figures reveal a sharp rise in the number of fake accounts since the beginning of 2012. >>

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Mobile users too engrossed to notice traffic, train tracks and.. bears

Mobile phone users display a worrying lack of personal responsibility while texting and walking, according to new data released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission that reveals the number of incidents resulting from "distracted walking" has risen considerably. >>

Monday, July 23, 2012

Online accounts for 4% of all retail fraud in UK

The recently released Retail Fraud Survey reveals that online retailers in the UK, facing challenging financial times, are unwisely cutting back on fraud prevention spending. >>

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