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FILE - This July 21, 2012, file photo shows signage at the corporate headquarters of Equifax Inc. in Atlanta. The deadline to seek cash payments and claim free services as part of Equifax's $700 million settlement over a massive data breach is Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)

Wednesday is deadline for claims in 2017 Equifax data breach

Jan. 22, 2020 3:22 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Wednesday is the deadline to seek cash payments and claim free services as part of Equifax's $700 million settlement over a massive data breach. The breach in 2017, affecting 147 million people, was one of the largest ever to threaten private information. The compromised data included...

Federal court warns of phone calls in Social Security scam

Jan. 21, 2020 8:55 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Federal court officials in Indianapolis are warning that scammers posing as court employees are calling people with cases pending before the court and asking them for their Social Security number. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana said court officials would...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 29, 2019 file photo, a woman checks the Grindr app on her mobile phone in Beirut, Lebanon. Dating apps including Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder leak personal information to advertising tech companies in possible violation of European data privacy laws, a Norwegian consumer group said in a report Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. The Norwegian Consumer Council said it found “serious privacy infringements” in its analysis of how shadowy online ad companies track and profile smartphone users. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, file)

Dating apps leak personal data, Norwegian group says

Jan. 14, 2020 4:25 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Dating apps including Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder leak personal information to advertising tech companies in possible violation of European data privacy laws, a Norwegian consumer group said in a report Tuesday. The Norwegian Consumer Council said it found “serious privacy...

Feds settle with 3 men in Utah-based email sales scam

Dec. 30, 2019 3:52 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Operators of a Utah-based work-from-home scheme will pay more than $1.4 million to settle an unfair and deceptive practices complaint that they used spam emails, fake celebrity endorsements and bogus news stories to sell their products under more than a dozen brand names, the Federal Trade...

Brothers must pay $6M over California-based housing scheme

Dec. 16, 2019 8:50 PM EST

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Two brothers who ran a Southern California business that supposedly offered rental listings for hard-to-find Section 8 housing have been ordered to pay $6 million for what federal officials called a scam that preyed on low-income, disabled and older people. The Federal Trade...

File-This Oct. 23, 2019, file photo shows Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifying  before a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Facebook's stock dropped almost 3% in regular trading after news reports Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, suggested that the FTC may take antitrust action to prevent Facebook from integrating its disparate messaging apps. The reports said the Federal Trade Commission may seek a court injunction that would block Facebook's “interoperability” plans for Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram, which involves revising them to use the same underlying software. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Reports: FTC may try to block Facebook from integrating apps

Dec. 13, 2019 4:29 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook's stock dropped almost 3% in regular trading after news reports suggested that the FTC may take antitrust action to prevent Facebook from integrating its disparate messaging apps. The reports said the Federal Trade Commission may seek a court injunction that would block...

FILE - In this Nov 24, 2009, file photo, a University of Phoenix billboard is shown in Chandler, Ariz. The University of Phoenix for-profit college and its parent company will pay $50 million and cancel $141 million in student debt to settle allegations of deceptive advertisement brought by the Federal Trade Commission. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

U of Phoenix agrees to settle FTC case alleging deceptive ad

Dec. 10, 2019 2:56 PM EST

The University of Phoenix and its parent company have agreed to pay $50 million in cash and cancel $141 million in student debt to settle allegations of deceptive advertisement brought by the Federal Trade Commission. The deal, announced Tuesday, settles a dispute over an ad campaign the for-profit college...

24 states asking for better online protections for children

Dec. 10, 2019 6:55 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two dozen state attorneys general are asking a federal agency to implement better online protections for children. The bipartisan coalition submitted a letter to the Federal Trade Commission on Monday asking the agency to strengthen the rules surrounding the collection of personal...