Latest Federal Trade Commission News

US said in late stages of YouTube kids' video investigation

Jun. 19, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission is in the late stages of an investigation into how Google's YouTube handles children's videos, a probe prompted by complaints that the company failed to protect kids who used the service and improperly collected their data. That's according to a report...

Appeals court upholds decision against Sanford acquisition

Jun. 18, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court has affirmed a decision by a North Dakota judge who blocked a merger between Sanford Health and a private physicians group. Sanford, headquartered in Sioux Falls, wanted to acquire Mid Dakota Clinic, but the Federal Trade Commission and the North Dakota...

Appeals court upholds blocking of health care merger

Jun. 13, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling blocking a proposed merger between Sanford Health and Mid Dakota Clinic. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday affirmed U.S. Magistrate Judge Alice Senechal's preliminary injunction in 2017 blocking the merger. North Dakota...

Is 'Big Tech' too big? A look at growing antitrust scrutiny

Jun. 4, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Is Big Tech headed for a big breakup? The U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission are moving to investigate Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple over their aggressive business practices, and the House Judiciary Committee has announced an unprecedented antitrust probe ,...

Congress launches Big Tech antitrust probe

Jun. 4, 2019 5:36 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The federal government may be warming up its antitrust enforcement machine and pointing it at Big Tech. On Monday, the House Judiciary Committee announced a sweeping antitrust probe of unspecified technology companies . In a statement, it promised "a top-to-bottom review of the market...

The Latest: Congressional panel readies tech antitrust probe

Jun. 4, 2019 5:03 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on antitrust concerns in the technology industry (all times local): 3 p.m. The House Judiciary Committee is launching a bipartisan investigation into competition in the digital industry. The committee's statement Monday, coming as news emerged of possible antitrust...

US stock indexes end mixed; Nasdaq slumps on big tech slide

Jun. 3, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

Major U.S. stock indexes ended mostly lower Monday amid signs that the Trump administration is laying the groundwork to ratchet up scrutiny on some of the market's biggest names: Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Google. Google's parent Alphabet lost 6.1% and Facebook sank 7.5%. Apple shed 1% on the day that the iPhone...

Google's activities under scrutiny by US, Europe regulators

Jun. 1, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Google, the tech giant known universally for its search engine, also has fingers in a number of other pies, like online advertising, email messaging and video. That gives U.S. antitrust enforcers, who have reportedly evinced a new interest in pursuing competition charges against Google,...

Reports: Justice Dept. preparing antitrust probe of Google

Jun. 1, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is readying an investigation of Google's business practices and whether they violate antitrust law, according to news reports. The search giant was fined a record $2.72 billion by European regulators in 2017 for abusing its dominance of the online search...

Report: FTC's political wrangling delays Facebook settlement

May. 24, 2019 10:16 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook may have to wait longer before resolving a U.S. government investigation into the company's mishandling of personal information. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that political wrangling is delaying a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. Facebook could be fined up...